The origin of the villages Stöðvarfjörður is traced back to the end of the 19th century when a merchant opened a store and built a home for himself and his family. Before that time, only a handful of farms had been in the fjord as good land for farming is limited in the lowland. As the activity of the store developed, people started to move to Stöðvarfjörður to build houses and homes around the shop and trading activity and new opportunities developed. Due to lack of natural conditions for a harbour fishing industry did not develop to the same extent as in some other villages in the Eastern Region. Many attempts were made but never developed into a permanent economic base. After a small harbor was built late in the 20th-century conditions have improved for small boats.
Today a part of a larger municipality
Today Stöðvarfjörður is part of the Fjarðarbyggð municipality that includes four other villages on the East Fjords. The community provides basic service in education health care and social service to the residents. It has an old swimming pool and a sports centre. Most of the inhabitants work in the fishing industry which is the primary economic base for the community as the small harbour serves small boats that fish near the shore. In recent years, better transportation in the Eastern Region and new opportunities in other towns and villages in the region have also enhanced possibilities for work. Stöðvarfjörður has also made some admirable attempts to participate in the growing tourist industry. One of the most exciting projects is the Fish Factory. A deserted fish factory is being transformed into a cultural and creative force with art as their weapon of choice.
Home to a fascinating stone collectors museum
Like many small towns and village in Iceland, Stöðvarfjörður is located in beautiful surroundings. The fjord is a joy to drive with its towering mountains, river, coast and two beautiful valleys. It is the home of one of the most interesting small museum in Iceland, Petras Stone & Mineral Collection. Not only is the museum fascinating but also the collectors story. It is worth stopping at Stöðvarfjörður to visit the museum as the fjord is also known for its amazing variery of stones and materials. It is also a village that offers all the necessary service to tourists and has a restaurant, a café, a gas station, accommodation and a small camping site right on the Ring Road.
If you are going to visit the Eastern Region in Iceland you might be looking for a places to stay. Here you can book from a selection of accommodationin the Stöðvarfjörður region.