Raufarhöfn

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Raufarhöfn
Village
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.

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.

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 Eddic poem Völuspá (Prophecy of the Seeress).[3]

Climate[edit]

The climate is tundra (Koppen: ET). As the northenmost community of mainland Iceland, Raufarhöfn is also the coldest with the annual average of 2.0 °C.[4]

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)
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[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Political division
  2. ^ Mainly statistical division
  3. ^ "Aurora Over Raufarhöfn". APOD. NASA. 2012-04-30. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Climate data for Raufarhöfn". vedur.is. 

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