Hólmavík

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Hólmavík
Village
The village of Hólmavík
The village of Hólmavík
Location of the Municipality of Strandabyggð
Location of the Municipality of Strandabyggð
Hólmavík is located in Iceland
Hólmavík
Hólmavík
Coordinates: 65°43′N 21°41′W / 65.717°N 21.683°W / 65.717; -21.683
Country Iceland
ConstituencyNorthwest Constituency
RegionWestfjords
MunicipalityStrandabyggð
Population
 (January 2011)
 • Total375
Time zoneUTC+0 (GMT)
Póstnúmer
510
WebsiteOfficial website

Hólmavík (Icelandic pronunciation: ​[ˈhoulmaˌviːk]) is a village in the western part of Iceland, by Steingrímsfjörður.

It is the largest settlement in Strandir and serves as a centre of commerce for the county. Hólmavík is part of the Strandabyggð municipality and has 375 inhabitants (2011 census).[1] Hólmavík is home to the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft[2] and the Holmadrangur shrimp processing plant.[3] The modern church was built in 1968.[4]

Well-known people from Hólmavík include the poet Stefán frá Hvítadal and the musician Gunnar Þórðarson of the band Hljómar. The artist Einar Hákonarson has a studio and a home in Hólmavík.

Hólmavík boasts a swimming pool constructed in 2004. It is the only pool in the region not geothermally heated.[5]

Near Húsavík and Tröllatunga, two farms in the South of Hólmavík, lignite and iron ore were exploited in former times, and some fossils from the Tertiary period were found there as well.[6]

Transportation[edit]

Hólmavík is served by Hólmavík Airport. There has not been any scheduled flights to Hólmavík for many years. Bus schedule is provided by Strætó, Reykjavík City Bus.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fontaine, Andie (13 July 2018). "Songs Of The Dammed: Hvalárvirkjun And The Future Of Árneshreppur". The Reykjavík Grapevine. Retrieved 7 May 2020.
  2. ^ Guðmundsdóttir, Ragna (30 July 2015). "In Strandir: Sorcery And Tourism". The Reykjavík Grapevine. Retrieved 7 May 2020.
  3. ^ Ramsden, Neil (8 October 2019). "FISK pulls plug on shrimp processing, as Samherji re-enters the arena". Undercurrent News. Retrieved 7 May 2020.
  4. ^ http://kirkjukort.net/kirkjur/holmavikurkirkja_0214.html
  5. ^ Guðmundsdóttir, Ragna (2 July 2015). "Swimming On The Edge of Nowhere: Pools In Strandir". The Reykjavík Grapevine. Retrieved 7 May 2020.
  6. ^ Örlygur Hálfdánarson: Iceland Roadguide, p.256. Reykjavík 1981.

Coordinates: 65°43′N 21°41′W / 65.717°N 21.683°W / 65.717; -21.683