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Ísafjörður
Town
Location o the Municipality o Ísafjarðarbær
Ísafjörður is located in Iceland
Ísafjörður
Ísafjörður
Location in Iceland
Coordinates: 66°04′N 23°07′W / 66.067°N 23.117°W / 66.067; -23.117Coordinates: 66°04′N 23°07′W / 66.067°N 23.117°W / 66.067; -23.117
Kintra  Iceland
Constituency[1] Norðvesturkjördæmi
Region[2] Vestfirðir
Coonty Norður-Ísafjarðarsýsla
Municipality Ísafjarðarbær
Population (2008)
 • Town 2,600
 • Metro 2,867 (incl Hnifsdalur)
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)
Póstnúmer 400
Twin cities
 • Tønsberg {{{twin1_country}}}
Website Offeecial wabsteid

Ísafjörður (pronoonced [ˈiːsaˌfjœrðʏr̥], meanin ices' fjord) is a toun in the north wast o Iceland, seat o Ísafjarðarbær municipality.

Wi a population o aboot 2,600 Ísafjörður is the lairgest toun in the peninsula o Vestfirðir (Westfjords) an the seat o the Ísafjarðarbær municipality, which includes the nearbi Hnífsdalur, Flateyri, Suðureyri, an Þingeyri. It is locatit on a spit o sand, or eyri, in the Skutulsfjörður fjord which meets the watters o the lairger Isafjarðardjúp fjord.

History[eedit | eedit soorce]

Ísafjörður harbour

Accordin tae the Landnámabók (the beuk o settlement), Skutulsfjördur wis first settled bi Helgi Magri Hrólfsson in the 9t century. In the 16t century the toun grew as it acame a tradin post for foreign merchants. Witch trials wur common aroond the same time throughoot the Westfjords, an mony fowk wur banished tae the nearby peninsula o Hornstrandir, nou a naitional naitur reserve. The toun o Ísafjörður wis grantit municipal status in 1786.

The local folk museum contains the auldest hoose in Iceland, built in 1734. The lairgest collection o auld timber frame hooses in Iceland is in this aurie. The hooses wur maistly constructit bi foreign traders in the late 18t century. These include Tjöruhús (completit in 1742), Krambúð (1761), an Turnhús (1744) which nou contains a maritime museum.

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  1. Political division
  2. Mainly statistical division

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