ÉcoleCollège régional Gabrielle-Roy

Ólafsfjörður

  
 
 
 
 
Ólafsfjörður, Iceland
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  Location of Ólafsfjörður in Iceland
ConstituencyNortheast
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Population   946 (Jan. 2006)
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Postal code625
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Ólafsfjörður is a town in the northwest of Iceland located at the mouth of the fjord Eyjafjörður.

The town is connected to the city of Akureyri via a 3.5 km one-lane tunnel. Fishing is the main industry in the town and several fishing trawlers make their home in the town's harbor.

The municipality of Ólafsfjörður and Siglufjörður has merged to form a municipality called Fjallabyggð, which literally means Mountain Settlement.

History

The town grew up around the herring industry that was in much bloom in the 1940s and 1950s, but the herring are gone now.

Ólafsfjörður was connected with a road for the first time in 1940, when the horse riding trail through Siglufjarðarskarð was improved enabling cars to get through. Before, ships, seaplanes, and horses provided the transport.

Economy

Tourism has become an important industry.

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