Blönduós

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Blönduósbær
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Houses in Blönduós
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Coat of arms of Blönduósbær
Blönduósbær is located in Iceland
Blönduósbær
Blönduósbær
65°40′N 20°18′W / 65.667°N 20.300°W / 65.667; -20.300Coordinates: 65°40′N 20°18′W / 65.667°N 20.300°W / 65.667; -20.300
Region Northwestern Region
Constituency Northwest Constituency
Manager Arnar Þór Sævarsson
Area 183 km2 (71 sq mi)
Population 865
Density 4.73/km2 (12.3/sq mi)
Municipal number 5604
Postal code(s) 540, 541
Website blonduos.is
Houses in Blönduós

Blönduós is a town and municipality in the north of Iceland. Blönduós, which means the mouth of the river Blanda, is one of the busiest tourist stops in Iceland. Like many towns and villages around Iceland, Blönduós didn't emerge as a village until the late 19th century. There are few old houses in the village although there is a small cluster of older houses from the first half of the 20 century on the south side of the river.[1] Blönduós does not have a good harbour, but the settlement's main role is as a dairy service centre for the surrounding farm areas.

Geography and climate[edit]

Blönduós is situated on Route 1 at the mouth of the glacial river Blanda for which it is named (Blöndu is an oblique case of Blanda). On a hill above the town is a church with striking architecture that is intended to resemble a volcanic crater. Blönduós has a tundra climate (ET).

Climate data for Blönduós (1971–2000)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 11.4
(52.5)
12.1
(53.8)
13.7
(56.7)
17.2
(63)
19.8
(67.6)
23.0
(73.4)
23.2
(73.8)
20.5
(68.9)
20.3
(68.5)
18.5
(65.3)
15.1
(59.2)
12.6
(54.7)
23.2
(73.8)
Average high °C (°F) 0.6
(33.1)
1.1
(34)
1.7
(35.1)
4.3
(39.7)
8.1
(46.6)
11.2
(52.2)
13.0
(55.4)
12.7
(54.9)
9.5
(49.1)
5.5
(41.9)
2.3
(36.1)
0.9
(33.6)
5.91
(42.64)
Daily mean °C (°F) −2.3
(27.9)
−2.1
(28.2)
−1.4
(29.5)
1.0
(33.8)
4.8
(40.6)
7.7
(45.9)
9.5
(49.1)
9.3
(48.7)
6.0
(42.8)
2.6
(36.7)
−0.4
(31.3)
−2.0
(28.4)
2.73
(36.91)
Average low °C (°F) −5.8
(21.6)
−5.0
(23)
−4.3
(24.3)
−2.0
(28.4)
1.8
(35.2)
4.8
(40.6)
7.0
(44.6)
6.5
(43.7)
3.4
(38.1)
0.1
(32.2)
−3.3
(26.1)
−5.4
(22.3)
−0.18
(31.68)
Record low °C (°F) −20.9
(−5.6)
−21.8
(−7.2)
−24.3
(−11.7)
−19.6
(−3.3)
−10.5
(13.1)
−3.6
(25.5)
−0.6
(30.9)
−4.4
(24.1)
−7.2
(19)
−12.1
(10.2)
−17.0
(1.4)
−21.0
(−5.8)
−24.3
(−11.7)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 40.6
(1.598)
34.2
(1.346)
42.5
(1.673)
31.1
(1.224)
30.1
(1.185)
37.1
(1.461)
44.3
(1.744)
44.5
(1.752)
43.2
(1.701)
51.6
(2.031)
37.6
(1.48)
38.5
(1.516)
475.3
(18.711)
Source: Icelandic Met Office (extremes 1952-2003. excluding 1963-67 due to lack of data)[2][3]
All statistics between 1968 and autumn of 1981 are for Hjaltabakki, 2.9 km (1.8 mi) from Blönduós)

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