Theme Week Iceland – Sauðárkrókur

Saturday, 29 October 2016 - 12:00 pm (CET/MEZ) Berlin | Author/Destination:
Category/Kategorie: General

© Steinib68/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Steinib68/cc-by-sa-3.0

Sauðárkrókur is a town in Skagafjörður in northern Iceland and a part of the municipality of Skagafjörður. Sauðárkrókur is the largest town in Northwest Iceland and the second-largest town on the north coast of Iceland, with a population of 2,600. It is the centre for commerce and services in the district, and an important link in Iceland’s food production. The population of Sauðárkrókur has grown steadily in recent years, and its economy is relatively diverse. Sauðárkrókur got its name from the creek that runs through the land. The creek is named Sauðá, and the name Sauðárkrókur indicates that this is the coast where Sauðá meets the Arctic Ocean. Directly translated to English, the name would be ‘Sheep-river-hook’.

Economic mainstays are fisheries, dairy production, light industry and broad-based services such as computer and engineering operations, financials, consulting, design and printing. The natural hot pool located 15 km (9.3 mi) north of Sauðárkrókur is mentioned in the Grettis saga.

Harbour of Sauðárkrókur © Hansueli Krapf/cc-by-sa-3.0 Church of Sauðárkrókur © Bromr/cc-by-sa-3.0 © Steinib68/cc-by-sa-3.0 © Bromr/cc-by-sa-3.0
<
>
Harbour of Sauðárkrókur © Hansueli Krapf/cc-by-sa-3.0
Iceland was settled in the late 9th century, mostly by Scandinavian Vikings. The Skagafjörður region had many settlers, who divided the land according to commonly acknowledged rules. The land where Sauðárkrókur stands was first taken by the Viking Sæmundr Suðureyski (“Sæmundur from the South Islands”. ‘South Islands’ is the name Vikings gave the Hebrides islands off the coast of Scotland), but as he was marking his land another Viking, called Skefill, successfully “stole” the land where the oldest part of the town is today. These settlers did not build their homes at Sauðárkrókur, and the current site of the town was not settled until about 1,000 years later.

Docking ships in Skagafjörður was not an easy task for sailors and merchants. Few natural harbors are to be found, especially on the west coast of the fjord, and most merchants docked at the trading posts of Hofsós, Grafarós and Kolkuós on the east coast of the fjord. During the Danish monopoly (1602–1787) Hofsós was the only permitted trading post in Skagafjörður. At that time the river Héraðsvötn was a huge obstacle for those living on the west side of the fjord, and many people lost their lives crossing the river to reach the market. As the population on the west side of the valley grew, so did the need for an accessible market place; and several times privateers tried their luck by illegally trading from their ships by the shore of Sauðárkrókur. In 1856 Sauðárkrókur became a permitted trading post, and merchants were allowed to trade from their ships.

In 1871 the first real settlement at Sauðárkrókur took place. The blacksmith Árni Árnason, with his wife Sigríður Eggertsdóttir and several children, settled there to provide blacksmith services to the growing farming community in this prosperous region. The couple also decided to sell drinks and overnight services; this part of the business grew fast and earned Árni a new nickname, “Árni Vert” or “innkeeper Árni”. In 1873 the first merchant settled in Sauðárkrókur. The shopkeeper Erlendur Hallsson built the second house here, trading from his living room. By 1900 around 400 inhabitants lived here, and the settlement was evolving into a fully formed village with a hospital, school and church.

Here you can find the complete Overview of all Theme Weeks.

Read more on Sauðárkrókur, VisitSkagafjordur.is and Wikipedia Sauðárkrókur. Learn more about the use of photos. To inform you about latest news most of the city, town or tourism websites offer a newsletter service and/or operate Facebook pages/Twitter accounts. In addition more and more destinations, tourist organizations and cultural institutions offer Apps for your Smart Phone or Tablet, to provide you with a mobile tourist guide (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State). If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.




Recommended posts:

Share this post: (Please note data protection regulations before using buttons)

The mountain resort town Garmisch-Partenkirchen

The mountain resort town Garmisch-Partenkirchen

[caption id="attachment_151821" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Garmisch-Partenkirchen, with the mountains Alpspitze, Zugspitze and Daniel in the background © Octagon[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a mountain resort town in Bavaria, southern Germany. It is the administrative centre of the district of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, in the Oberbayern region, and the district is on the border with Austria. Nearby is Germany's highest mountain, Zugspitze, at 2961 m (9714 ft.). The George C. Marshall European Center f...

[ read more/mehr lesen ]

Raleigh in North Carolina

Raleigh in North Carolina

[caption id="attachment_165724" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Downtown Raleigh from Boylan Avenue © Jmalljmall[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Raleigh is the capital of the state of North Carolina, the seat of Wake County. Raleigh is known as the "City of Oaks" for its many oak trees, which line the streets in the heart of the city. The city's population is at as 451,000. It is also one of the fastest-growing cities in the country. The city of Raleigh is named after Sir Walter Raleigh, who established the lost Roanoke Colony in pr...

[ read more/mehr lesen ]

The Shed in Manhattan

The Shed in Manhattan

[caption id="attachment_200609" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Architect's rendering © Diller Scofidio + Renfro/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Shed (formerly known as Culture Shed and Hudson Yards Cultural Shed) is a cultural center in Hudson Yards, Manhattan, New York City. Opened on April 5, 2019, the Shed commissions, produces, and presents a wide range of activities in performing arts, visual arts, and pop culture. The Shed is located in the Bloomberg Building, adjacent to the northern leg of the High ...

[ read more/mehr lesen ]

Theme Week North Frisian Islands - Föhr

Theme Week North Frisian Islands - Föhr

[caption id="attachment_152914" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Wyk - Frisian Museum © Daniel Ponten/cc-by-sa-2.0-de[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Föhr is part of the Nordfriesland district in the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein. Föhr is the second-largest North Sea island of Germany and a popular destination for tourists. A town and eleven distinct municipalities are located on the island. The climate is oceanic with moderate winters and relatively cool summers. Being a settlement area already in neolithic times, F...

[ read more/mehr lesen ]

Theme Week Ibiza - Ibiza Town

Theme Week Ibiza - Ibiza Town

[caption id="attachment_152177" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Port of Ibiza Town © Paul Hermans/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Ibiza (Catalan: Eivissa), also known as Ibiza Town, is a city and municipality located on the southeast coast of the island of Ibiza. The city, which has a population of 50,000, is the capital and most populous settlement of the island. Although called Ibiza in English and Spanish, the official name is the Catalan Eivissa (as restored in 1986) and its inhabitants call it the Vila d'Ei...

[ read more/mehr lesen ]

Cetinje in Montenegro

Cetinje in Montenegro

[caption id="attachment_154027" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Cetinje, historical royal capital © FlyJacob[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Cetinjeis a city and Old Royal Capital of Montenegro. It is also a historical and the secondary capital of Montenegro, with the official residence of the President of Montenegro. It had a population of 14,000 as of 2011. Cetinje is a town of immense historical heritage, founded in the 15th century. It became the center of Montenegrin life and both a cradle of Montenegrin culture and a Orthodox ...

[ read more/mehr lesen ]

Nizhny Novgorod, the economic and cultural center of the Volga-Vyatka economic region

Nizhny Novgorod, the economic and cultural center of the Volga-Vyatka economic region

[caption id="attachment_4859" align="aligncenter" width="590" caption="Pechersky Monastery © Bestalex"][/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Nizhny Novgorod colloquially shortened to Nizhny, is, with the population of 1,250,615, the fifth largest city in Russia. From 1932 to 1990, the city was known as Gorky, after the writer Maxim Gorky who was born there. The city is an important economic, transport and cultural center of the Russian Federation. It is the economic and cultural center of the vast Volga-Vyatka economic region, and...

[ read more/mehr lesen ]

Tropea on the Coast of the Gods

Tropea on the Coast of the Gods

[caption id="attachment_153608" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Santa Maria dell'Isola © Marcuscalabresus/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Tropea is a municipality located within the province of Vibo Valentia, in Calabria. The town is a famous bathing place, situated on a reef, in the gulf of St. Euphemia connected with the mainland by a narrow strip in the Tyrrhenian Sea, toward the south with respect to Vibo Valentia and northward with respect to Ricadi and Capo Vaticano. The legend says that it was Hercules wh...

[ read more/mehr lesen ]

Return to Top ▲Return to Top ▲
Hlíðarfjall ski slopes just west of the town © Fancy-cats-are-happy-cats
Theme Week Iceland – Akureyri

Akureyri is a small city in northern Iceland. It is Iceland's second largest urban area (after the Capital Region) and...

Crossing of Rue Mouffetard and Rue de l'Arbalète © LPLT/cc-by-sa-3.0
Latin Quarter of Paris

The Latin Quarter of Paris (French: Quartier latin) is an area in the 5th and the 6th arrondissements of Paris....

Keflavík from seaside © Chmee2/Valtameri/cc-by-3.0
Theme Week Iceland – Keflavík

Keflavík (meaning Driftwood Bay) is a town in the Reykjanes region in southwest Iceland. As of 2016, its population when...

Schließen