Stórhöfði

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Stórhöfði, Suðurey, Brandur and Álsey (L to R) from Heimaey

Stórhöfði is a peninsula and the southernmost point of Heimaey, the largest island in the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago. It is claimed to be the windiest place in Europe,[1] and holds the record for the lowest on land observation of air pressure in Europe.[2] The name means great cape and was also the name of a street in Reykjavik's Höfði industrial area until 2015 when it was renamed Svarthöfði (black cape), which is the Icelandic term for Darth Vader.[3] The street had formerly been named Bratthöfði, which translates as steep cape.[4]

Stórhöfði is the location of one of the oldest lighthouses in Iceland, having operated since 1906.[5] Weather observations began at the lighthouse in 1921, which since 1940 have been conducted at night too.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Visit Vestmannaeyjar - What to do in Vestmannaeyjar". www.visitvestmannaeyjar.is. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
  2. ^ Jónsson, Trausti (4 October 2007). "Lægsti loftþrýstingur á Íslandi" (in Icelandic). Veðurstofa Íslands. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  3. ^ "As the latest Star Wars movie premiers the mayor of Reykjavík unveils the new Darth Vader Street". Icelandmag. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Reykjavík names a street after Darth Vader from Star Wars". Icelandmag. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
  5. ^ "Stórhöfdi lighthouse turns 100". Iceland Review. 23 November 2006. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Pollution". Icelandic Meteorological office. 26 February 2008. Retrieved 30 May 2018.

Coordinates: 63°23′56″N 20°17′18″W / 63.399022°N 20.288315°W / 63.399022; -20.288315