Raufarhöfn

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Raufarhöfn
Village
Motto:
Raufarhöfn street view
Raufarhöfn village in northern Iceland
Location of the Municipality of Norðurþing
Location of the Municipality of Norðurþing
Raufarhöfn is located in Iceland
Raufarhöfn
Raufarhöfn
Location of Raufarhöfn in Iceland
Coordinates: 66°27′N 15°57′W / 66.450°N 15.950°W / 66.450; -15.950Coordinates: 66°27′N 15°57′W / 66.450°N 15.950°W / 66.450; -15.950
Country  Iceland
Constituency[1] Northeast Constituency
Region[2] Northeastern Region
Municipality Norðurþing
Population (2011)
 • Total 194
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)
Raufarhafnarhreppur
Former Municipality
Location of the former Municipality of Raufarhafnarhreppur
Location of the former Municipality of Raufarhafnarhreppur
Country  Iceland

Raufarhöfn is a village located on the northeastern tip of the Melrakkaslétta peninsula in Iceland. At one point in time, this small village was home to largest export harbor in Iceland. In the forties and fifties, the Herring frenzy dominated the Icelandic economy and Raufarhöfn was an important place in that economic chain. But after the herring disappeared the effect was devastating for the village. This is the reason for the old and interesting factory buildings. It is a town worth visiting as you drive through the Melrakkaslétta. The village has a fine camping ground and a variety of accommodation. [3] The village is the site of a modern monument called the "Arctic Henge" which is aligned to the heavens and is inspired by the mythical world of the Eddic poem Völuspá (Prophecy of the Seeress).[4] As of January 2011, it has 194 inhabitants. It was a major fish processing station during the large herring catches in the mid 20th century.[5]

Climate[edit]

The climate is tundra (Koppen: ET). As the northernmost community of mainland Iceland, Raufarhöfn is also the coldest with the annual average of 2.0 °C.[6]

Climate data for Raufarhöfn (1961-1990)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 0.4
(32.7)
0.8
(33.4)
0.6
(33.1)
2.8
(37)
5.8
(42.4)
9.3
(48.7)
10.9
(51.6)
10.8
(51.4)
8.0
(46.4)
5.1
(41.2)
1.9
(35.4)
0.8
(33.4)
4.8
(40.6)
Daily mean °C (°F) −2.2
(28)
−1.9
(28.6)
−2.2
(28)
−0.2
(31.6)
2.9
(37.2)
6.4
(43.5)
8.0
(46.4)
8.0
(46.4)
5.3
(41.5)
2.6
(36.7)
−0.6
(30.9)
−2.0
(28.4)
2.0
(35.6)
Average low °C (°F) −5.0
(23)
−4.6
(23.7)
−4.9
(23.2)
−2.8
(27)
0.5
(32.9)
4.0
(39.2)
5.7
(42.3)
5.7
(42.3)
2.8
(37)
0.2
(32.4)
−3.3
(26.1)
−4.9
(23.2)
−0.6
(30.9)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 76
(2.99)
57
(2.24)
66
(2.6)
47
(1.85)
28
(1.1)
39
(1.54)
48
(1.89)
58
(2.28)
73
(2.87)
86
(3.39)
80
(3.15)
76.5
(3.012)
733
(28.86)
Source: Vedur.is[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Political division
  2. ^ Mainly statistical division
  3. ^ "Hit Iceland information page about Iceland"
  4. ^ Nemiroff, R.; Bonnell, J., eds. (2012-04-30). "Aurora Over Raufarhöfn". Astronomy Picture of the Day. NASA. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "Hit Iceland information page about Iceland"
  6. ^ a b "Climate data for Raufarhöfn". vedur.is. 

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