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Northern region fact file

Municipalities:  Isafjordur, Bolungarvik, Sudavik.

Population:  Isafjordur with 3609 inhabitants, Bolungarvik with 908 inhabitants and Sudavik with 186 inhabitants.  This is the largest region of the three sub regions of the Westfjords. (www.hagstofan.is , February 2011)

Air transport:  Twice a day to Reykjavik in the summer time with Air Iceland Connect.

Ocean transport:  No public transport via ocean to other regions. Still there is a ferry that connects across the Breidafjördur area that can shorten the drive considerably to Patreksfjord for example. 

Road transport:  Approximately 480 km. from Isafjordur to Reykjavik, which is around a 5 hours' drive.  There are two major mountain roads that are around 100 km of the total route.  The roads are passable all year round at least north bound. The Icelandic road administration shows road conditions all year around.   The distance to the Holmavik/Reykholar region is about 250 km from Reykjavik (three hours drive). 

Ports:  Large ports in Isafjordur and Bolungarvik where larger ships can land (up to 80 m long with a draught of 8,5 m).  Sudavik has a smaller port.  All ports are suitable for fishing vessels and research ships.

Energy:  Hydro energy from local hydro power plants and other hydro plants on the main electrical grid.

Water:  Abundant clean water.

Geothermal energy:  Relatively cold area with electrical central heating instead of geothermal.  Some hot water is used in drying in production facilities in Sudureyri.

Land and industrial premises:  Industrial premises and land near the port is available and some small scale industrial buildings are vacant for lease or purchase. Otherwise such buildings are used in fish processing and freezing. 

General services:  Several grocery and convenience stores, bakeries, clothing stores, hairdressers, mechanics, constructors, electrical services, mechanical services, boat repair, internet services, telephone services, hospital and dental service.

Business services: Legal, banking, accounting, auditing, engineering, hotels and guest houses, small scale conference facilities and insurance.  

Education:  Pre-school, elementary school, high school and university centre that focuses on shore management and sustainable natural resource use.

Leisure activities:  Skiing, golf, hiking, kayaking, sailing and ocean sports, diving, sea angling, bathing and swimming, other indoor and outdoor sports, cinema, historical museums, art exhibitions, restaurants and bars.