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Holmavik Drangsnes Arnes Reykholar fact file

Old  boat shed
Old boat shed

Municipalities:  Strandabyggd, Arneshreppur, Reykholar and Kaldrananeshreppur.

Opportunities for investment in tourism: Hotels, winter activities, northerlights in tranquillity and relaxation

Population: Strandabyggd and Holmavik  with  468  inhabitants, Reykholahreppur with reykholar  282 inhabitants, Kaldrananesheppur and Drangsnes with  106 inhabitants, and Arneshreppur with 46 inhabitants. (www.hagstofan.is , February 2017).

Air transport:  Twice a week from Reykjavik to Arneshreppur/Gjogur via Ernir/Eagle Air.  Small airstrips in Holmavik and Reykholar, but no scheduled flights.

Ocean transport:  No regular ocean transport due to easy road access to other regions. But all municipalities have harbour facilities for fishing and leisure boats. Ferry from Stykkisholmur to Flatey and Brjánslækur. Boat trips for sight-seeing from Drangsnes to Grimsey

Road transport:  Around 250 km paved road from Reykjavík to the Strandir/Reykholar region, 265 km to Drangsnes and 321 km to Gjögur.

Ports: Holmavik has a medium size port up to 80m long with a draught of 6 m. Smaller ports in Reykholar, Drangsnes and Nordurfjordur.  Flatey belongs to Reykholar municipality. All ports are suitable for fishing vessels and smaller boats.

Energy:  Hydro-energy from regional hydro power plants or from the main national grid. A new power plant has been planned north of Arnes at Hvalá. 

Water:  Abundant cold clean fresh groundwater.

Geothermal energy:   Around 100°C warm geothermal water is used for industrial purposes in Reykholar for drying macro-algae (Ascophyllum and Laminaria). There still are opportunities to utilize hot water for small scale industrial purposes and tourist services. Geothermal water is also available in Drangsnes and is planned also at Holmavik.

Land, occupation and industrial premises:  Industrial premises and land near the port in Holmavik are available and some small scale industrial buildings are vacant for lease or purchase.  In Reykholar small industrial plants could be accomodated near port where there also is algal drying and salt industry. Maín occupation is still farming with extensive sheep grazing. Eider ducks are abundant and well kept. 

General services:  Grocery and convenience stores, good road maintenance, hairdressers, mechanics, constructors, mechanical services, internet services, telephone services, small hospital and pharmacy in Holmavik. Elderly people's home. Guest-houses available such as Finna hotel, Bjarkarlundur, Reykholar hostel. 

Education:  Pre-school and elementary schools for all children. Further studies for teenagers in distant learning in Holmavik. 

Business services: Banking, accounting and insurance services in Reykholar and Holmavik, post office as well, good internet via cable. 

Leisure activities:   Golf, hiking, kayaking, whale watching (Holmavik) bird-watching, geothermal pools for swimming and relaxation, a few natural pools in private ownership, river and lake fishing, sea angling, other indoor and outdoor sports, exhibitions on eider ducks, and historical witch-craft, community centres, museums, restaurants offering local produce and bars. Wide tracking landscapes, cross country skiing, impressive views.