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Ólafsfjörður is a town in the northeast of Iceland located at the mouth of the fjord Eyjafjörður.
The town is connected to Dalvík on Eyjafjörður by the 3.5 km one-lane Múli tunnel (the Múlagöng) and to Siglufjörður by the 11 km Héðinsfjörður Tunnels, opened in 2010.

The still waters of Ólafsfjörður Lake often mirror Ólafsfjörður town, its surrounding mountains and the sky above. Occasionally a trout breaks the surface, as a reminder of what is up and what is down in this mysterious mountain retreat. The lake has a long-lived reputation for mystery, not least because both fresh-water and salt-water fish are caught in it.

For the general tourist, as well as those who are keen on outdoor activities, Ólafsfjörður town has many interesting and enjoyable pursuits on offer.

During the winter months, it is a skier's paradise and an outdoor enthusiast's dream come true. There is a choice of cross-country skiing, slalom, skating, zooming around on a snowmobile or hand line fishing in the waters of Ólafsfjarðarvatn.

During the summer, it is the mountains, the lake and the black sandy shores which beckon us, and there is a wide selection of walks and hikes in both mountain and valley to tempt the visitor. A few hours walking through the area's rugged landscape gives one the chance to savor the peace and tranquillity which emanates from these natural elements.

The diversity of leisure activities is almost endless and in Ólafsfjörður it is possible to go sea angling or angling in the waters of Ólafsfjarðará river or Ólafsfjarðarvatn lake. And we must not forget the fishing from the end of the pier can also be fun. There is a 9-hole golf course, a swimming pool, and an excellent natural history museum containing many stuffed birds

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Ólafsfjörður
GPS Points N66° 4' 19.478" W18° 38' 57.944"
Postal codes

625

Population

880

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Siglufjörður Golf Club
Golf Courses
  • Íþróttamiðstöðin Hóll
  • 580 Siglufjörður
  • 846-2576
ÞjóðList - FolkArt
Exhibitions
  • Eyrargata 3
  • 580 Siglufjörður
Fjallabyggð Golf club
Golf Courses
  • Skeggjabrekka
  • 625 Ólafsfjörður
  • 466-2611
Herhusid - Artist in residence
Cultural Centres
  • Norðurgata 7b
  • 580 Siglufjörður
Folk Music Center
Cultural Centres
  • Norðurgata 1
  • 580 Siglufjörður
  • 467-2300
Ólafsfjörður Nature Museum
Museums
  • Aðalgata 14
  • 625 Ólafsfjörður
  • 466-2651, 848-4071
Icelandic Poetry Center
Cultural Centres
  • Túngata 5
  • 580 Siglufjörður
  • 865-6543
Tjarnarborg Cultural House
Cultural Centres
  • Aðalgata 13
  • 625 Ólafsfjörður
  • 853-8020, 466-2188
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Hiking Tours - Hiking
  • Báta Dokkin
  • 580 Siglufjörður
  • 898-7180
Fjallabyggd Library and Regional Archive
Libraries & Archives
  • Gránugata 24, Ráðhúsið
  • 580 Siglufjörður
  • 464-9120
Listhus in Fjallabyggd - Artist in resident
Exhibitions
  • Ægisgata 10
  • 625 Ólafsfjörður

Others

The Residence
Hotels
  • Aðalgata 10
  • 580 Siglufjörður
  • 467-1506, 865-1750
The Herring House
Guesthouses
  • Hávegi 5
  • 580 Siglufjörður
  • 868-4200

Others

Allinn Sportbar
Pubs & Clubs
  • Aðalgata 30
  • 580 Siglufjörður
  • 467-1111
Olís - Service Station
Cafés
  • Tjarnargata 6
  • 580 Siglufjörður
  • 467-1415
Olís - Service Station
Cafés
  • Bylgjubyggð 2
  • 625 Ólafsfjörður
  • 466-2272
Harbour house Café
Restaurants
  • Gránugata 5b
  • 580 Siglufjörður
  • 659-4809
Höllin
Restaurants
  • Hafnargata 16
  • 625 Ólafsfjörður
  • 466-4000, 868-7788
Nature
Hedinsfjordur

Héðinsfjörður is nearly 6 km long deserted northernmost fjord on the Tröllaskagi area. In the fjord is a good lake to catch fish, Héðinsfjarðarvatn, and the outlet from the Héðinsfjarðarós into the fjord. The next settlement to the west is the town Siglufjörður and to the east is Ólafsfjörður.

Into the fjord lays beautiful valley, 5-6 km long. There is a large trout water, 1.7 square miles in size, that splendor the valley, 3 meters above sea level. There is a water trout and large seafish in water, about 1-5 lbs. The fish walks in the late summer.

A lot of wildlife is in the lake. The story says that the fox, who has visited some hunters unafraid and sought for a small fish. This water is not practiced much, yet it has their fans who seek peace and good fishing. Fishing hut is at the northern end of the lake.

Enough entertainment is on Tröllaskagi and nearest area, whether it is winter or summer, for example; skiing, snowmobile, sea angling, golfing, soccer, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, museums and much more.

History and Culture
The Herring Era Museum

The Herring Era Museum is Iceland's largest maritime and industrial museum, where visitors have the opportunity to get to know the herring fishery and processing industry that underpinned Iceland's economy for much of the twentieth century.

Three very different museum buildings provide visitors with an insight into the magnificent and captivating herring industry. The Róaldsbrakki is a Norwegian herring station dating back to 1907. Most of this building is as it was in the past, when herring girls lived in the building throughout the summer. Grána is an example of a small herring factory of the 1930s and visitors can see the workings of the reduction industry, which has long been seen as Iceland's first major industry. The Boathouse seeks to recreate a portion of a herring port, with the fleet alongside one evening in 1950 and allows visitors to mull over what it must have been like to walk the quaysides around the middle of the last century.
More information: www.sild.is/en

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Society and the economy have many faces. Whereas agriculture is the mainstay of rural areas, the towns depend upon fishing, industry, trade and a range of services, with each village having its own characteristics though they all prove hospitable hosts. 
The availability of food and accommodation and the possibilities at every location for recreation and entertainment make hopping between the villages informative as well as fun.   
In every case, the residents are lively and ready to celebrate.

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