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] Northeast Constituency
Region[2] Eastern Region
Municipality COA Fjardabyggd.png Fjarðabyggð
Population (2014)
 • Total 200
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)
Website Official website

Stöðvarfjörður is a village in east Iceland. It sits on the Northern shore of the fjord of the same name, is part of the municipality of Fjarðabyggð and has 200 inhabitants.

Geography[edit]

Stöðvarfjörður has a harbour and lies on Route 96 (Suðurfjarðarvegur), at the foot of Hellufjall. Most of the village lies on or close to the main street, Fjarðarbraut.

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) accounts for a modest stream of visitors during the tourist season. There are also galleries (Gallerí Snærós and Svartholið) and a handicrafts market in the salthouse (Salthúsið). At Gallerí Snærós 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 being transformed into a sustainable creative centre, housing workshops, studio spaces, a recording studio and hosting visiting artists.[5]

Accommodation is available at Kirkjubær, a former church converted into a guesthouse; at the café / bar / bed & breakfast (Saxa Guesthouse, formerly Kaffi Steinn), and at a campsite. Several holiday rentals are also available. There is also an internet café / general store (Brekkan, formerly called Svarti Folinn), a swimming pool and other services.

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