Vopnafjordur

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Vopnafjordur, Iceland

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Jan 14, 2008
Vopnafjörður is a wide fjord seperating the headlands of Digranes and Kollumúli. The fjord opens out into two large bays, Bakkaflói to the north and Héraðsflói to the south.

Vopnafjorður was called little Mallorca because there is always good weather there. I lived there for 19 years and I really miss the good weather there.

The village of Vopnafjörður lies on a spit called Kolbeinstangi, forming Nýpsfjörður to the north and Vopnafjörður to the south. Im not sure how many live there right now but I think about 600 people in the town and about 200 people in the 3 valleys ( see below ) as farmers.

On the south side of the fjord is a mountain range, with Krossavíkurfjöll most prominent at 1,079 meters high. In the area to the north, several mountains dominate the landscape, rising nearly 1,000 meters over the surrounding moors.

The main industry in Vopnafjörður is fish processing. The company HB Grandi has set up a highly technical fish processing factory in the village in the past few years.

Vopnafjörður is known for it's magnificent nature and the fjord divides in three valleys named Selárdalur, Vesturárdalur and Hofsárdalur. Vopnafjörður is also known for the fishing rivers running through those valleys.

Hofsá and Selá are one of the most popular salmon rivers in Iceland nowadays. Every year a great number of foreign visitors among Icelanders come to fish in the rivers. In 2004, the famous golf champion Jack Nicklaus came to Selá to capture some fish and in July 2006, former US president George H. W. Bush spent a few days fishing there.

Vopnafjörður is a wide fjord seperating the headlands of Digranes and Kollumúli. The fjord opens out into two large bays, Bakkaflói to the north and Héraðsflói to the south.

On the south side of the fjord is a mountain range, with Krossavíkurfjöll most prominent at 1,079 meters high. In the area to the north, several mountains dominate the landscape, rising nearly 1,000 meters over the surrounding moors.

These are called Hofsárdalur, Vesturárdalur and Selárdalur and the three rivers, Selá, Hofsá and Vesturdalsá that flow along those valleys are among the best salmon-fishing rivers in Iceland, regularly attracting such well-known patrons as Charles, Prince of Wales.

The town of Vopnafjörður is a fishing port and a service center for the surrounding farm district.

On top of the cliffs, next to the main road, a panoramic viewpoint may be found.

Vopnafjörður is a beautiful and flourishing area, known a childhood home of Miss world 1987, Linda Pétursdóttir.

Vopnafjörður area is renowned for salmon fishing. There are four salmon rivers in Vopnafjörður area, all with many tributaries.

Selá is in the Selá valley. It is a river of great variety, flowing through a narrow and rough riverbed with low, flat skerries; the largest falls are Selárfoss and Efrifoss. The average annual salmon catch has been 912 for the last ten years.

Hofsá runs through the Hofsá valley, which is wide with much lowland. The lower part flows calmly along sandbanks. The river is very popular due to its prolific salmon fishing.

Sunnudalsá runs into the Hofsá; its source is on Smjörvatnsheiði, and much water is in the river throughout the summer. The average 10-year salmon catch has been 1,027 salmon per year

Vesturdalsá in Vesturárdalur comes from Arnarvatn. The water levels running into the salt lagoon, Nýpslón, are relatively low; therefore, there is much more trout fishing in this river. The salmon catch has averaged 224 annually for the last ten years.

Many trout-fishing lakes are in the moors around Vopnafjörður, some not far from the road. With short notice, one can be fishing, and travelers can also quickly purchase permission to fish the trout areas of the Hofsá.

Travelers can also try sea fishing, and if they are lucky may catch a shark. there are few guys that catches sharks during the summer, some of the sharks are really big.

I remember when I was young that people used to go down to the pier to gratulate them and see the sharks
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