Skagafjörður

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For the municipality, see Skagafjörður (municipality).
Skagafjörður
Panoramic view east across Skagafjörður, from Vatnsskarð pass
Panoramic view east across Skagafjörður, from Vatnsskarð pass
Skagafjörður is located in Iceland
Skagafjörður
Skagafjörður
Location in Iceland
Coordinates: 65°54′N 19°35′W / 65.900°N 19.583°W / 65.900; -19.583
Country Iceland
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)
Twin cities
 • Kongsberg Norway
Website www.skagafjordur.is

Skagafjörður is a deep bay in northern Iceland.

Location[edit]

Skagafjörður is about 40 km long and 15 km wide, situated between Tröllaskagi to the east and the Skagi Peninsula to the west. There are two municipalities in the area, Skagafjörður Municipality (approx. 4140 inhabitants) and Akrahreppur Municipality (approx. 210 inhabitants).[1]

This is one of Iceland's most prosperous agricultural regions, with widespread dairy and sheep farming in addition to the horse breeding for which the district is famed. Skagafjörður is the only county in Iceland where horses outnumber people.

It is a centre for agriculture, and some fisheries are also based in the settlements of Sauðárkrókur and Hofsós. The people living in Skagafjörður have a reputation for choir singing, horsemanship, and gatherings. There are three islands in the bay: Málmey, Drangey and Lundey.[2][3]

The bay is located in a submerged glacial valley which is continued southwards by a plain in which lies the delta of the Héraðsvötn river. The main settlement of this valley is Varmahlíð.

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — sister cities[edit]

The following cities or towns are twinned with Skagafjörður:

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Coordinates: 65°54′N 19°35′W / 65.900°N 19.583°W / 65.900; -19.583