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Rural municipality of Árnes
CoA of Árneshreppur.svg
Basic data
State : IcelandIceland Iceland
Region: Vestfirdir
Constituency : Norðvesturkjördæmi
Sýsla : Strandasýsla
Population: 40 (January 1, 2019)
Surface: 707 km²
Population density: 0.06 inhabitants / km²
Post Code: 522, 523, 524
Community number 4901
Head of the municipal council: Eva Sigurbjörnsdóttir
Address of the municipal administration: 524 Norðurfirði
Website: www.arneshreppur.is
Location of the rural municipality of Árnes

Coordinates: 65 ° 59 ′  N , 21 ° 27 ′  W

The rural municipality of Árnes ( Isl. Árneshreppur ) is an Icelandic municipality in the Vestfirðir region in northwest Iceland.

On January 1, 2019, the community had 40 residents, and more families moved away during the year. This makes it the smallest municipality in Iceland by population.


View of Djúpavík on Reykjarfjörður

The now abandoned place Gjögur on Reykjarfjörður was an important fishing port in the 19th century. Today there is Gjögur Airport , which Eagle Air flies to twice a week from Reykjavík .

In Djúpavík , where an important herring factory was operated between 1935 and 1954, there is now a privately operated hotel. The herring factory is maintained by the hotel owners, who also offer tours of the factory. Today it is used as a local museum and for annually changing art exhibitions.

Other places are the eponymous place Árnes, where the church and a community center are located, Finbogasstaðir, where the primary school is located, Norðurfjörður on the fjord of the same name, and Bad Krossnes next to the eponymous farm. In Norðurfjörður you will find the mayor's office, a petrol station, a small shop and a restaurant, as well as the local fishing port with a cold store.

There is another abandoned herring factory in Ingólfsfjörður , but it is somewhat smaller than the one in Djúpavík and is not open to visitors. The jeep runway ends shortly after the Ófeigsfjörður farm at the fjord of the same name , which is only inhabited during the summer.

Population development

The population decline between 1997 and 2005 was 32%.

date Residents
Dec. 1, 1997: 74
Dec. 1, 2003: 56
Dec. 1, 2004: 57
Dec. 1, 2005: 50
Dec. 1, 2006: 50


Árnes is the only municipality in Iceland that cannot be reached by road all year round: the winter service on the road to Holmavík will cease after Christmas. The road is not paved.

The herring factory in Djúpavík and Reykjarfjörður served as the backdrop for some scenes in Justice League , the local population can be seen in the film as extras alongside Batman ( Ben Affleck ) and Aquaman ( Jason Momoa ).

Individual evidence

  1. "The Factory" Lista- og ljósmyndasýning - Hótel Djúpavík. (No longer available online.) Archived from the original on January 1, 2018 ; accessed on January 1, 2018 .
  2. ^ Westfjords Iceland: the Shooting of the Justice League in Djúpavík | Visit Westfjords Iceland . In: Visit Westfjords Iceland . ( westfjords.is [accessed January 1, 2018]).