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Northern region fact file

Overview nothern
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Municipalities:  Isafjordur, Bolungarvik, Sudavik.

Population:  Isafjordur with 3707 inhabitants, Bolungarvik with 945 inhabitants and Sudavik with 186 inhabitants (www.statice.is Jan 2018)

Air transport:  Twice a day from Isafjordur 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 Isafjordur-Reykjavik along asphalted roads, which is around a 5 hours' drive trhpough Holmavik.  There are a few major mountain roads in total around 100 km of the 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 230 km from Reykjavik (two and a half hours' drive). 

Ports:  Large ports in Isafjordur and Bolungarvik where large cargo 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 cld 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. Hotels, guest houses, B&B. 

Business services: Legal, banking, accounting, auditing, engineering, hotels and guest houses, small scale conference facilities and insurance.  Cafés amd restaurants serving local food, fish meat and vegetables. 

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

Leisure activities:  Skiing both cross country and alpine, 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.To the north there is a large nature reserve, Hornstrandir only accessible in summer with boats from Isafjordur and Bolungarvik.