Grenivík is a tiny village on the east coast of Eyjafjörður, named after the bay in front of the town. Although the bay and nearby places are mentioned in the Book of Settlement, the village has only been around for a few decades. It is probably the newest and youngest village in Iceland. Even in 1935, the town didn’t count more than 20 houses, and most of the inhabitants had their income from agricultural related activities. This was probably due to lack of natural harbor or good landing place for boats.
A small but clever community
In the middle of the 20th century, the first fishing vessels arrived at Grenivík, and fish processing began. A few years later a better harbor was built, and more fishing activity began as an industry for the small village. Today fishing and fish processing are the main sources of income for most of the residents. In all the disturbances and changes in the fishing industry in Iceland since the introduction of the quota system, Grenivík has survived and thrived. This is probably mainly due to clever decision-making on behalf of the community and investments in fishing quota.
A nice little village to live in
Although one of the smallest villages on the coastline in Iceland Grenivík offers all the necessary services required by residents of any town or village. The town has a kindergarten, a primary and secondary school, a swimming pool and a sports center. Good care is provided for the elderly, and the town has a community center and a history of active social life.
When traveling in Iceland on the Ring Road in Grenivík is a 20 km. drive from the main road. If you are interested in staying at a quiet place in the north Grenivík is an excellent choice.
If you are going to visit the Northern Region in Iceland you might be looking for a places to stay. Here you can book from a selection of accommodationin the Grenivík region.