Stöðvarfjörður

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Stöðvarfjörður
Village
Panoramic view
Panoramic view
Location of the Municipality of Fjarðabyggð
Location of the Municipality of Fjarðabyggð
Stöðvarfjörður is located in Iceland
Stöðvarfjörður
Stöðvarfjörður
Location in Iceland
Coordinates: 64°50′00″N 13°52′27.6″W / 64.83333°N 13.874333°W / 64.83333; -13.874333
Country  Iceland
Constituency[1] Norðausturkjördæmi
Region[2] Austurland
County Suður-Múlasýsla
Municipality COA Fjardabyggd.png Fjarðabyggð
Population (2014)
 • Total 200
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)
Website Official website

Stöðvarfjörður is a small village in east Iceland.

It sits on a fjord of the same name. and is part of the municipality of Fjarðabyggð and has 200 inhabitants.

Geography[edit]

The other villages composing the municipality are: Eskifjörður (1,043 inh.), Fáskrúðsfjörður (662 inh.), Mjóifjörður (35 inh.), Neskaupstaður (1,437 inh.),[3] and Reyðarfjörður (1,102 inh.).[4]

Economy[edit]

Employment was once predominantly found in fishing, though now it is largely textile-based. Most of the young people have left[citation needed], thus the community youth hall has been closed due to disuse.

Steinasafn Petru (Petra's Stone Collection) and Kirkjubær which is a former church converted into a guesthouse are the two most popular tourist attractions of the village, and account for a modest stream of visitors to the fjord during the tourist season. There is also a gallery (Gallerí Snærós), a craft shop, café / bar / bed & breakfast (Kaffi Steinn) and other services. At the gallery one can find products from a local company that designs and manufactures a range of products made from recycled materials (MupiMup).

The former fish factory is currently being transformed into a sustainable creative centre, which will house workshops, studio spaces, and more.[5]

Notable residents[edit]

Footballer Ívar Ingimarsson is the best known former inhabitant of the town. His footballing career started at local youth club Súlan, but he is best known for his spell at Reading in England where he played 281 games, 72 of which were in the Premier League.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Political division
  2. ^ Mainly statistical division
  3. ^ Located in the Norðfjörður
  4. ^ (Icelandic) Infos on Fjarðabyggð municipal website
  5. ^ "HERE Creative Centre". Retrieved 7 April 2014. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Stöðvarfjörður at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 64°50′00″N 13°52′27.6″W / 64.83333°N 13.874333°W / 64.83333; -13.874333