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Location of the Municipality of Fjarðabyggð
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Neskaupstaður is a town located on the fjord Norðfjörður on the eastern side of Iceland. It is part of the municipality of Fjarðabyggð and, as of 2011, it has a population of 1,437. Neskaupstaður is the third largest town in Austurland (Eastern Region). The town's location places it further north than Alaskan cities of Anchorage and Fairbanks.
In 1974 an avalanche came down about the middle of the town and killed 12 people. Since then a number of protection barriers have been built to save the town from future avalanches.
The 2002 Icelandic movie Hafið (The Sea) was filmed almost entirely in and around Neskaupstaður.
Síldarvinnslan h/f operates one of the most advanced fish processing plants in Europe, it mainly produces fish for human consumption. The company and its partners employ about 220 workers, and the 2010 revenue was USD 128 million.
Museum House(Safnahúsið) located in the center of the town houses an art gallery, a natural history museum and a sea museum under one roof.
Nordfjardarnipais and the surrounding area became Iceland's first official national park in 1972. Nordfjardarnipais separates Nordfjordur from Mjoifjordur.
Nearest airport is Egilsstaðir. The main carrier is Air Iceland with flights to Reykjavík.
Tryggvi Ólafsson one of Iceland’s best known contemporary artists was born here in 1940.
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- (Icelandic) Infos on Fjarðabyggð municipal website
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- (Icelandic) Neskaupstaður page on Fjarðabyggð municipal website
- (Icelandic) Official website of the Fjarðabyggð community