Skagafjörður (municipality)

Skagafjörður (Icelandic pronunciation: ​[ˈskaːɣaˌfjœrðʏr̥]) is a municipality that covers most of the land area of the region around the fjord with the same name (see Skagafjörður for details on the region) in northern Iceland.

Sveitarfélagið Skagafjörður
Skyline of Sveitarfélagið Skagafjörður
Skyline of Sveitarfélagið Skagafjörður
Coat of arms of Sveitarfélagið Skagafjörður
Location of Sveitarfélagið Skagafjörður
Location of Sveitarfélagið Skagafjörður
Sveitarfélagið Skagafjörður is located in Iceland
Sveitarfélagið Skagafjörður
Sveitarfélagið Skagafjörður
Location of Sveitarfélagið Skagafjörður
Coordinates: 65°45′N 19°38′W / 65.750°N 19.633°W / 65.750; -19.633Coordinates: 65°45′N 19°38′W / 65.750°N 19.633°W / 65.750; -19.633
CountryIceland
RegionNorthwestern Region
ConstituencyNorthwest Constituency
Government
 • ManagerÁsta Björg Pálmadóttir
Area
 • Total4,180 km2 (1,610 sq mi)
Population
 • Total3,978
 • Density0.95/km2 (2.5/sq mi)
Postal code(s)
550, 551, 560, 565, 566, 570
Municipal number5200
Websiteskagafjordur.is

OverviewEdit

The municipality was created in 1998 when 11 out of the 12 municipalities in Skagafjörður held votes on whether they should merge or not. The merge was approved in all the municipalities that held the vote. Akrahreppur was the only municipality in Skagafjörður that did not participate.

The merge joined the town of Sauðárkrókur, the villages of Hofsós and Varmahlíð and several rural districts. It also includes the historic cathedral site of Hólar which is the site of a growing university today.

Twin towns – sister citiesEdit

Skagafjörður is twinned with:[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Vinabæir". skagafjordur.is (in Icelandic). Skagafjörður. Retrieved 2020-02-12.