Stretched along the north coast of Stöðvafjörður fjord, this village is the most southerly settlement of in the municipality of Fjarðabyggð. The village is famous for its scenery and the picturesque mountain panorama seen from the village is striking, and countless stunning natural features can be reached from the village by driving or hiking. Saxa, which is located just north of the mouth of the fjord, is a unique sea geyser, made of a shoreline opening the cliffs. You might also want to try some of the hiking routes around Jafnadalur valley. One of Iceland’s most beautiful natural rock arch are located in the valley, as well as the group of three huge rocks called Einbúi – or the Hermit.
Although there have always been farms around the fjord, the village of Stöðvarfjörður began to form in 1896. Farmers who organised seasonal fishing has been stationed there for a long time because of the rich fishing grounds just outside the mouth of the fjord. Though employment in the fishing industry has been decreasing, Stöðvarfjörður harbour still serves as an important part of life in the village and it is likely that you will run into some oft he local fishermen.
One of the main industries of the village is tourism, party evidenced by how the old village church has served as a guesthouse ever since the new church was built in 1991. Art and handicrafts flourish in the village with talented and innovated locals displaying ceramics, graphics and woollens. The fish freezing plant has gained a new role with the build-up of HERE creative centre, giving the fjord a progressive name in the creative arts on a national scale. The village is, however, best know for its variety of beautiful local rocks which includes a number of rare specimens. Visitors can examine these rare rocks in the outstanding Petra’s Mineral Collection.