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Southern region fact file

Municipalities:  Vesturbyggd and Talknafjordur

Population: Vesturbyggd, with 890 inhabitants and Talknafjordur municipality with 306 inhabitants (www.hagstofan.is , February 2011).

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 in Bardastrond in 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 (pop. 630).  Reykjavík to Bildudalur (pop. 166), 430 km. Reykjavík to Talknafjordur (pop. 294) 418 km.  The roads are paved apart from a short stretch of gravel road approx. 53 km.


Ports:  All ports in the southern region are suitable for fishing vessels. 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).

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

Water:  Abundant clean water.

Geothermal energy: Relatively cold geothermal area with central heating. Some hot water is used in fish farming, and for swimming pools such as in Bardastrond and Talknafjordur, but plenty of small natural hot springs used for natural pools.

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 services, mechanical services, computer and internet services, telephone services as well as miscellaneous  services available such as divers etc.

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

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

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