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Location of the Municipality of Dalabyggð
Location of the Municipality of Dalabyggð
Búðardalur is located in Iceland
Location in Iceland
Coordinates: 65°07′N 21°46′W / 65.117°N 21.767°W / 65.117; -21.767
Country Iceland
Constituency[1] Northwest Constituency
Region[2] Western Region
Municipality Dalabyggð
Population (2014)
 • Total 266
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)
Post Code 371

Búðardalur is a village situated on the Hvammsfjörður in the north-west of Iceland.

The village also lies at the north-eastern end of the Snæfellsnes peninsula and is part of the municipality of Dalabyggð. Búðardalur had about 270 inhabitants in 2014 and is a service center for the area, including the regional tourist information centre.[3][4] In the traditional system of counties of Iceland that existed until the late 1980s, it was part of Dalasýsla, a name that is still used for the region.


Búðardalur contains a supermarket and a petrol station, hair salons, a pub/restaurant, a coffee shop, a health-care centre, an off-licence, a garage[3] and a craft shop; the information centre is in the same building as a cafe and a folk museum.[5]

The village has a long history, dating from the time of the first settlements in Iceland. The name means "Camp Valley", or more directly "dale of booths"; it is where settlers had temporary camps when coming to the area. In 1899, Búðardalur was officially granted the right of commerce. An old house from this time still exists.

At a short distance from the village is Eiríksstaðir, the homestead of Erik the Red, who discovered Greenland and whose son Leif Erikson, born at Eiríksstaðir, discovered America ahead of Columbus.[3][4]


  1. ^ Political division
  2. ^ Mainly statistical division
  3. ^ a b c Frank Jacobs, "The Map as Address: Cryptic Letter Reaches Icelandic Destination", The Big Think, 4 September 2016.
  4. ^ a b Andrew Evans, Iceland, 2nd ed. Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire, England: Bradt Travel Guides, 2011, ISBN 9781841623610, p. 276.
  5. ^ Carolyn Bain and Alexis Averbuck, "Búðardalur", 9th ed. Footscray, Victoria, Australia / Oakland, California: Lonely Planet, 2015, ISBN 9781743214756.

Coordinates: 65°07′N 21°46′W / 65.117°N 21.767°W / 65.117; -21.767