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Vopnafjörður

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Vopnafjörður er breiður og nær á milli Digraness og

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Kollumúla á norðausturströnd landsins. Sunnan fjarðarins eru

há fjöll og ber þar mest á Krossavíkurfjöllum, 1.079 metra há.

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Norðan hans eru ávalar heiðar þar sem nokkur áberandi,

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stakstæð, nærri þúsund metra há fjöll hreykja sér yfir

umhverfið. Inn af firðinum ganga þrír megindalir með nokkru

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undirlendi, mest í Hofsárdal. Kolbeinstangi, mjór og alllangur,

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skagar út í fjörðinn en á honum stendur kaupstaður

héraðsins. Þar hefur verið verslunarstaður frá fornu fari og á

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einokunartíma var þar einn af þremur verslunarstöðum á

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Austurlandi. Aðalatvinnuvegir eru útgerð, fiskvinnsla,

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þjónusta og úrvinnsla landbúnaðarafurða. Auk hefðbundins

landbúnaðar er umtalsverð loðdýrarækt og

hlunnindabúskapur. Vopnafjörður er fallegt og blómlegt hérað og þekkt fyrir veðursæld.

Vopnafjörður is a wide fjord situated on the north-eastern side of Iceland. It reaches from

Digranes to Kollumúli. On the fjord’s south side is a mountain range, the most prominent of

which is Krossavíkurfjöll, which rise to 1.079 meters above sea level. To the south high

mountains, dominate the landscape, some of which rise to nearly 1.000 meters over the

surrounding moors.

Three main valleys open up to Vopnafjörður, of them, Hofsárdalur has the most extensive

flatland. The village of Vopnafjörður lies on a narrow peninsula called Kolbeinstangi. The

settlement in Vopnafjörður is of long standing and during the time of the Danish commercial

monopoly it was one of only three commercial centres on the eastern side of Iceland. Fishing,

various services, and the processing of agricultural produce are the main occupations of the

local people. In addition to traditional farming a number of farmers have extra resources

available to them, resources such as salvage rights along the coast. Vopnafjörður is a

beautiful, blooming district, and known for its extremely good weather.

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