Norðurþing

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Norðurþing
Municipality
Location of the Municipality of Norðurþing
Location of the Municipality of Norðurþing
Country  Iceland
Constituency[1] Northeast Constituency
Region[2] Northeastern Region
County Norður-Þingeyjarsýsla
Government
 • Mayor Kristján Þór Magnússon
Area
 • Total 3,729 km2 (1,440 sq mi)
Population (January 2014)
 • Total 2,822
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)
Website Official website

Norðurþing is a municipality located in northern Iceland. Norðurþing was formed in 2006 when the municipalities of Húsavíkurbær , Öxarfjarðarhreppur , Raufarhafnarhreppur and Kelduneshreppur were merged after special elections in January 2006 and the new municipality was official on the 10th of June 2006.

As of 1 January 2014,[3] it had a population of 2,822 and covered 3,729 km2 (1,440 sq mi). The biggest town in the municipality is Húsavík, with a population 2,205 inhabitants. Other settlements include Kópasker population 122 and Raufarhöfn population 166.

Húsavík, is known as the whale watching capital of Europe [4] it is centrally located for visitors coming to the area that intend to visit Mývatn, Dettifoss, Goðafoss, or the Vatnajökull National Park. In Kópasker there is the Earth Quake Center [5] and as well as the local folk museum [6]

In Raufarhöfn the extraordinary Arctic Henge is being built and is already a big attraction for this wonderful village [7]

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Twin towns – Sister cities[edit]

Norðurþing is twinned with:

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Coordinates: 66°02′49″N 17°20′46″W / 66.047°N 17.346°W / 66.047; -17.346