Djúpivogur

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Djúpivogur is a small town and municipality (Djúpavogshreppur) located on a peninsula in the Austurland in eastern Iceland, near the island of Papey and on the fjord Berufjörður. The municipality was formed by the merger of rural communities Berunes, Buland, and Geithellur on October 1, 1992. The coastline consists of three fjords Berufjörður, Hamarsfjörður, and Álftafjörður. The town of Djúpivogur is located on a peninsula between Berufjörður and Hamarsfjörður.

Approximately 900m west of the town is a work of art named "Eggin í Gleðivík" (The Eggs of Merry Bay) by Sigurður Guðmundsson. The work is a replica of the eggs of 34 nesting birds in the area, and was installed in the summer of 2009.[1]

Djúpavogshreppur
Djúpivogur.JPG
A view of Djúpivogur
Region Eastern Region
Constituency Northeast Constituency
Manager Gauti Jóhannesson
Area 1,133 km2 (437 sq mi)
Population 456
Density 0.41/km2 (1.1/sq mi)
Municipal number 7617
Postal code(s) 765
Website djupivogur.is
Eggin í Gleðivík (Eggs at Merry Bay) sculpture

Climate[edit]

Djúpivogur features a cold tundra climate (Köppen: ETf); closely bordering a mild tundra climate (Köppen: ET). Approximately 5 kilometres west of Djúpivogur lies Teigarhorn,[2] a farm on the shores of Berufjörður, where weather observations has been commenced since 1874.[3] It is one of the oldest weather stations in the country and holds the record for the highest temperature ever recorded in Iceland, 30.5 °C (87 °F) recorded on June 22, 1939. It is also claimed that Teigarhorn reached 36.0 °C (97 °F) in September 1940, but that is not recognized by the Icelandic Meteorological Office. Temperatures above 30 °C (86 °F) are very rare in Iceland, it has occurred only 5 times since weather observations were first commenced in Iceland in the 19th century.[4] Teigarhorn features a cold tundra climate (Köppen: ETf) because it doesn't have any month that has a mean temperature above 10 °C (50 °F), but the winter temperatures are mild for a cold tundra climate, and thus closely resembles a mild tundra climate or a subpolar oceanic climate (Cfc), the climate generally seen in coastal Iceland.

Climate data for Teigarhorn (20m),[5] 5 km (3.1 mi) from Djúpivogur (1961–1990)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 16.6
(61.9)
14.1
(57.4)
16.0
(60.8)
18.2
(64.8)
24.1
(75.4)
30.5
(86.9)
26.7
(80.1)
23.6
(74.5)
23.1
(73.6)
19.3
(66.7)
17.8
(64)
15.0
(59)
30.5
(86.9)
Average high °C (°F) 2.3
(36.1)
2.6
(36.7)
2.9
(37.2)
5.0
(41)
7.4
(45.3)
10.3
(50.5)
11.9
(53.4)
11.6
(52.9)
9.4
(48.9)
6.7
(44.1)
3.8
(38.8)
2.7
(36.9)
6.4
(43.5)
Daily mean °C (°F) −0.3
(31.5)
0.2
(32.4)
0.4
(32.7)
2.2
(36)
4.5
(40.1)
7.3
(45.1)
8.8
(47.8)
8.8
(47.8)
6.9
(44.4)
4.4
(39.9)
1.3
(34.3)
−0.1
(31.8)
3.7
(38.7)
Average low °C (°F) −2.9
(26.8)
−2.5
(27.5)
−2.5
(27.5)
−0.7
(30.7)
1.9
(35.4)
4.7
(40.5)
6.3
(43.3)
6.5
(43.7)
4.4
(39.9)
2.0
(35.6)
−1.4
(29.5)
−2.9
(26.8)
1.1
(34)
Record low °C (°F) −17.1
(1.2)
−18.8
(−1.8)
−19.3
(−2.7)
−22.9
(−9.2)
−8.7
(16.3)
−2.2
(28)
0.0
(32)
0.4
(32.7)
−3.2
(26.2)
−9.5
(14.9)
−11.5
(11.3)
−17.5
(0.5)
−22.9
(−9.2)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 129.0
(5.079)
109.2
(4.299)
106.8
(4.205)
70.4
(2.772)
76.8
(3.024)
71.9
(2.831)
83.8
(3.299)
109.8
(4.323)
110.1
(4.335)
151.5
(5.965)
97.8
(3.85)
111.0
(4.37)
1,228.5
(48.366)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm) 15.5 13.6 14.6 11.6 11.6 11.5 13.1 14.7 14.2 16.6 13.5 14.0 164.9
Source: Icelandic Met Office[6][7]

History[edit]

By the early nineteenth century, Djúpivogur was 'a tiny port with a Danish colonial trading base'. Hans Jonatan, who had been a slave in Copenhagen, escaped there and became one of Iceland's first people of colour.[8]

Culture[edit]

Djúpivogur is the first and only Cittaslow town in Iceland. Cittaslow's goals include improving the quality of life in towns by slowing down its overall pace, especially in a city's use of spaces and the flow of life and traffic through them. Cittaslow is part of a cultural trend known as the slow movement.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Eggs of Merry Bay". Retrieved 25 Nov 2016. 
  2. ^ "Google Maps". Retrieved 28 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "TEIGARHORN BERUFJORDUR EAST ICELAND - Iceland travel". Retrieved 28 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "Hæsti hiti á Íslandi - Teigarhorn 22. júní 1939". Retrieved 28 July 2016. 
  5. ^ "Information about Teigarhorn Weather Station". Icelandic Met Office. Retrieved 27 August 2016. 
  6. ^ "Teigarhorn 1961-1990 Averages". Icelandic Met Office. Retrieved 28 July 2016. 
  7. ^ "Climatological Data for Teigarhorn". Icelandic Met Office. Retrieved 28 July 2016. 
  8. ^ Kristín Loftsdóttir and Gísli Pálsson, 'Black on White: Danish Colonialism, Iceland and the Caribbean', in Scandinavian Colonialism and the Rise of Modernity: Small Time Agents in a Global Arena, ed. by Magdalena Naum and Jonas M. Nordin, Contributions To Global Historical Archaeology Volume, 37 (New York: Springer, 2013), pp. 37--52 (quoting p. 47). doi:10.1007/978-1-4614-6202-6_3

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Coordinates: 64°39′N 14°17′W / 64.650°N 14.283°W / 64.650; -14.283