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Holmavik Drangsnes Arnes Reykholar fact file


Villages:  Nordurfjordur, Djupavik,  Drangsnes, Reykholar and  Holmavik

Opportunities for investment in tourism: Hotels and guest houses, for bird watching, boat trips, winter activities, northerlights in tranquillity and relaxation

Population: Strandabyggd and Holmavik  with  468  inhabitants, Reykholahreppur and Reykholar  275 inhabitants, Kaldrananesheppur and Drangsnes with  106 inhabitants, and Arneshreppur with Djupavik and Nordurfjordur 46 inhabitants (www.statice.is, Jan 2018).

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 (road no 60). All municipalities have fishing ports and harbour facilities for fishing, lesser cargo ships and leisure boats. Boat trips for sight-seeing from Drangsnes to Grimsey

Road transport:  Around 230 km paved road from Reykjavík to Reykholar and same to Holmavik, 265 km to Drangsnes and 321 km to Gjögur 339km to Nordurfjordur.  Road conditions are daily shown by the road administration.  

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 large new hydro-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 on an industrial scale in Reykholar for drying macro-algae (Ascophyllum and Laminaria). There still are opportunities to utilize hot water for small scale industrial purposes, aquaculture and bathing. Geothermal water is also available in Drangsnes and a geothermal central heating system is in the planning phase 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, car repairs and tyre services, internet via cable, telephone services, small hospital and pharmacy in Holmavik. Elderly people's homes both in Reykholar and Holmavik. Guest-houses available such as Djupavik, Malarhorn, Laugarholl, 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.