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Southern region fact file

Municipalities:  Vesturbyggd and Talknafjordur

Population: Vesturbyggd, Patreksfjörður and Bildudalur with 1030 inhabitants and Talknafjordur municipality with 236 inhabitants (www.hagstofan.is , February 2017).

Air transport:  From Reykjavik to Bildudalur airport, six times a week with Eagle Air www.eagleair.is.

Ocean transport:  The car ferry Baldur goes from Stykkisholmur (172 km from Reykjavik) twice a day during summer and six times a week during winter time to Brjanslaekur port, Vesturbyggd. The car ferry gives drivers and travelers an option for an easier mode of transport that can be very important in winter conditions. 

Road transport:  400 km from Reykjavik to Patreksfjordur (population. 650).  Reykjavík to Bildudalur (pop. 166), 430 km. Reykjavík to Talknafjordur (pop. 236) 418 km.  The roads are paved apart from a short stretch of gravel road approx. 53 km. Be sure to search for road conditions at the road administration. A tunnel leading north to Isafjordur is planned for 2019. 

Ports:  All ports in the southern region are suitable for fishing vessels and leisure boats. The ports can accommodate ships up to 170 m long with a draught up to 10 m (different conditions are in the three different ports in the towns).  Salmon farms are growing in number and sattelite services are being erected. 

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

Water:  Abundant fresh, cold, clean water.

Geothermal energy: Relatively cold geothermal area with central heating based on electic energy. Some warm water is used in fish farming, and for swimming pools such as in Birkimelur and Talknafjordur, but plenty of small natural hot springs used for natural pools in private or public ownership.

Land and industrial premises:  Industrial premises and land near the ports are available in most towns and some industrial buildings are vacant for lease or purchase.

General services:  Hospital and general health service, dental service. Grocery and convenience stores, bakery, clothing stores, hairdressers, mechanics, constructors, electrical and mechanical services, computer and internet services, telephone services, divers' service as well as miscellaneous other things.

Business services: Banking, accounting, business consulting ATVEST, small scale conference facilities and insurance services.

Education:  Pre-school, elementary school and high school and distance learning.

Leisure activities:  Swimming, sports halls, horse-riding, golf courses, hiking trails, sea angling, kayaking, natural hot bathing spots, restaurants, bars, cinema, museums and various exhibitions.