Location of the Municipality of Dalabyggð
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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. 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 and a craft shop; the information centre is in the same building as a cafe and a folk museum.
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.
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- Frank Jacobs, "The Map as Address: Cryptic Letter Reaches Icelandic Destination", The Big Think, 4 September 2016.
- Andrew Evans, Iceland, 2nd ed. Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire, England: Bradt Travel Guides, 2011, ISBN 9781841623610, p. 276.
- Carolyn Bain and Alexis Averbuck, "Búðardalur", 9th ed. Footscray, Victoria, Australia / Oakland, California: Lonely Planet, 2015, ISBN 9781743214756.
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