The largest town in the Strandir region. Witchcraft played a significant role in this area in the 17th Century and this part of local history is wonderfully displayed in the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft in Hólmavík.
In 1973 an eruption in Heimaey led to the injury-free evacuation of all of its 5000 inhabitants. One of the main fishing towns in Iceland. Diverse birdlife and nesting capital for the greatest variety of seabirds anywhere in Iceland.
Religious institution and former Episcopal See. Skálholt was the most important centre of education and government for many centuries. Summer baroque music concerts are held over five weekends in July and August.
Formerly the main herring fishing town of Iceland. The Herring Museum, the largest maritime and industrial museum in Iceland, is located here. The Museum received the Micheletti European Museum Award in 2004.
The capital of the West Fjords, one of the largest fishery centres in the country. At Neðstakaupstað there are protected buildings dating back to the time of Danish Trading Associations. The oldest house is dated 1757.