Dalvík

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Dalvík
Town and Municipality
Location of the Municipality of Dalvíkurbyggð
Location of the Municipality of Dalvíkurbyggð
Dalvík is located in Iceland
Dalvík
Dalvík
Location of Dalvík
Coordinates: 65°58′N 18°32′W / 65.967°N 18.533°W / 65.967; -18.533
Country  Iceland
Constituency[1] Northeast Constituency
Region[2] Northeastern Region
Municipality Dalvíkurbyggð
Population (January 2011)
 • Total 1,454
Postal code 620
Website Official website

Dalvík is the main village of the Icelandic municipality of Dalvíkurbyggð. Its population is approximately 1,400.[3]

The town's name, Dal-vík, means "dale-bay."

Geography[edit]

Dalvík is on the western shore of Eyjafjörður in the valley of Svarfaðardalur.

Transportation[edit]

Dalvík harbor is a regional commercial port for import and fishing. The ferry Sæfari, which sails from Dalvík, serves the island of Grímsey, Iceland's northernmost community, which lies on the Arctic Circle.

Culture[edit]

The annual Fiskidagurinn mikli is held the Saturday after the first Monday of August, attended by up to 30,000 people who enjoy a free fish buffet sponsored by the local fishing industry.[4]

Sports[edit]

In sports, Dalvík is probably most known for alpine skiing. Böggvisstaðafjall is one of the best known ski areas in Iceland. The town has produced a series of skiers who have represented Iceland in the Olympics, World Cups, World Championships, and European Cups, as well as other international and national competitions. Amongst these have been Daníel Hilmarsson, Sveinn Brynjólfsson and Björgvin Björgvinsson.

Football teams from the village have had their ups and downs but have managed to produce some nationally known players; the most recognized one is Cardiff City forward Heiðar Helguson.

Hamar golf club has a 9-hole course, a short drive outside Dalvík.

Economy[edit]

The local economy is based upon fisheries and fish processing.

Dalvík is also a tourist destination for boat trips in whale watching and heli skiing.

Other information[edit]

Dalvik process virtual machine in the Android operating system was named after this town .[5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Political division
  2. ^ Mainly statistical division
  3. ^ Hagstofa Íslands, Statistics Iceland Website
  4. ^ The Great Fish Day, Iceland Review article.
  5. ^ Journal entry referencing the source of the name
  6. ^ "Google Calling: Inside Android, the gPhone SDK". onlamp.com. Retrieved 2008-02-05. 

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Coordinates: 65°58′N 18°32′W / 65.967°N 18.533°W / 65.967; -18.533