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Location of the Municipality of Fjarðabyggð
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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.
Employment was once predominantly found in fishing, though now it is largely textile-based. Most of the young people have left, 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.
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.
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.
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