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Amazingly, in the second half of the 18th century, this tiny village was the home and center of operation for Iceland’s most prominent entrepreneur, Ólafur Thorlacius. Soon after the notorious Danish–Icelandic Trade Monopoly was abolished; Ólafur purchased all its assets and expanded his operation beyond anything comparable in Iceland at that time.

Bíldudalur is a small village in the West Fjords in Iceland

Tálknafjörður is a relatively new village in historical terms.  There is limited history before the town started to grow in the 20th century.  It is a typical tiny village that came to exist and developed because of easily accessible fishing grounds right outside the coast and good natural conditions for a harbor.  In the late forties, a harbor was built and paved the way for a fish processing

Tálknafjörður is a small village in the West Fjords in Iceland

Patreksfjörður is a place mentioned in The Book of Settlements.  It is an ancient place and has been around since the 9th century but didn't grow into a village until the late 18th century and the beginning of the 20th century.  Because of the fishing grounds nearby, the fishing farms developed into a trading point when foreign and local entrepreneurs became interested in the fish and the fish

Patreksfjörður is a small village in the West Fjords in Iceland

Although almost hidden and rarely mentioned anywhere today, Reykhólar has quite a unique place in Iceland’s history.  For centuries, the farm Reykhólar was considered one of the most valuable estates in the country.

Reykhólar is a tiny village in the West Fjords in Iceland

Although the area around Búðardalur is rich in historical terms, the village is fairly new and very small. It is part of the Westfjords drive Road Trip and located at the enterance of the Westfjord Peninsula.

Búðardalur is a small village in the Western Region in Iceland

It might surprise many people that visit Iceland and travel around the country, how many towns and villages have a kind of short history.  Although the settlement in Iceland started around 870, most of the towns and villages began to develop around the middle of the 19th century, and some even at the beginning of the 20th century.

Stykkishólmur is a town in the Snæfellsnes peninsula in the Western Region in Iceland

The mountain Kirkjufell is probably more famous than the town itself. This famous mountain stands on the west side of the town, and it is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful mountains in Iceland, second only to Herðurbreið, the queen of Icelandic mountains.

Grundarfjörður is a town in the Snæfellsnes peninsula the Western Region in Iceland

Ólafsvík is first mentioned in the Book of Settlement, in the Icelandic Sagas, when Ólafur Belgur, or Belly, as he was apparently nicknamed, settled there around 900.  Early on, the area became compact with fishing huts, as the fishing grounds right out from the shore were plentiful.

Ólafsvík is a town in the Snæfellsnes peninsula the Western Region in Iceland

Rif and Hellissandur are two small villages that are only three kilometers apart.  By any definition, they are the same village and the same municipality although they have to kinds of different identities, at least in the minds of the residents.

The Church at Ingjaldshóll stands between the two villages.

The town of Borgarnes, population slightly less than 2000 people, is probably one of the busiest tourist towns in Iceland, at least when Icelanders are traveling in their country.  The reason is likely to be a bridge that was built over Borgarfjörður in the early eighties.  At that point, the main highway, the ring road, was moved from outside the town, through the middle of the town.  Somehow

Borganes is a town in the Western Region in Iceland

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