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VOPNAFJÖRÐUR

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GPS: 65.7564005,-14.8478509

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Vopnafjordur is a village in Northeast Iceland, standing on a narrow peninsula in the middle of a mountainous fjord which was carved by the Ice Age Glacier. On the south side of the fjord is a mountain range which culminates at Mt. Krossavikurfjoll towering 1,079 m. above sea level. In the area to the north, several mountains dominate the landscape, rising nearly 1,000 meters over the surrounding moors.

The population of Vopnafjordur and surrounding farms is around 700 people. The village traces its history back to the seventeenth century, while settlement in the surrounding farmlands dates back to the Viking Age. Vopnafjordur has been an important port for trade in the north-east for a long time and in the late 19th century, it was the largest port of Icelandic emigration to North-America. Today, the main lifeblood of the village are fish processing and services. The largest fish company in Iceland, HB Grandi, runs a high-tech freezing plant in the village, specialising in capelin and herring.

Vopnafjorður is known for its salmon river and large areas of untouched landscapes. Hofsá and Selá are two of the most exclusive salmon rivers in Iceland. The landscape around Vopnafjordur is diverse with snowy mountains, rolling heaths, highland lakes, beautiful waterfalls, rocky hills, coastal cliffs and black beaches. The wildlife consists of numerous bird species, including arctic terns and various ducks. Reindeer and fox roam the highlands while whales and shark swim the bay among shellfish, cod, seal and many other animals.

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From Reykjavík
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from Akureyri
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from Egilsstaðir

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