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Basic data
State : IcelandIceland Iceland
Region: Vesturland
Constituency : Norðvesturkjördæmi
Sýsla : Dalasýsla
Population: 673 (January 1, 2019)
Surface: 2421 km²
Population density: 0.28 inhabitants / km²
Post Code: 370, 371 (Búðardalur)
Community number 3811
Mayor: Haraldur L. Haraldsson
Address of the municipal administration: Miðbride 11
370 Búðardal
Location of Dalabyggð

Coordinates: 65 ° 7 ′  N , 21 ° 46 ′  W

Former school in Ólafsdalur

The municipality of Dalabyggð is located in western Iceland in the Vesturland region .

On January 1, 2019, the community had 673 inhabitants, 269 of whom lived in the largest settlement Búðardalur.


The northern part of the municipality is the Klofningsnes peninsula , which borders the Breiðafjörður to the north and the Hvammsfjörður to the south . The north side of the peninsula is called Skarðsströnd , the south-west side is Fellsströnd . South of Hvammsfjörður is the eastern part of the Snæfellsnes peninsula . North of the municipality is Reykhólahreppur and Strandabyggð , east Húnaþing vestra , south Borgarbyggð , south - west Eyja- og Miklaholtshreppur and Helgafellssveit .

The largest lake in the municipality is the Haukadalsvatn .



The place Búðardalur is located on Hvammsfjörður at the northeast end of the Snæfellsnes peninsula . Búðardalur is a small service center for the residents of the area. The Leifsbúð building near the harbor houses a museum about Leifur Eiríksson .


The valley of Haukadalur is located a few kilometers southeast of Búðardalur. It stretches between the Miðdalur and Laxárdalur valleys . In the valley there is an open-air museum dedicated to Erik the Red ( Eiríksstaðir ).

Ólafsdalur í Dölum

In the inner valley of Gilsfjörður is Ólafsdalur and a farm of the same name, which has since been abandoned.

There in 1880 Torfi Bjarnason (1838–1915) founded the Icelandic Agricultural School. This private school existed until 1907, when the state took over this task. Torfi Bjarnason was very innovative as a farmer and introduced better working methods and machines.

Like all houses over 100 years old, the school building is now a listed building, but serves as a rural school home for the Menntaskólinn við Sund grammar school .

In front of it is a sculpture from 1955 in memory of Torfi Bjarnason and his wife Guðlaug Zakaríasdóttir.

Other historically significant places

Other places of historical importance in the municipality are the manors Hvammur í Dölum and Skarð , which each housed rich landowners and influential politicians and scientists or were their birthplace.


The large municipality of Dalabyggð was formed on June 11, 1994 through the merger of six municipalities: Rural municipality Suðurdalir (isl. Suðurdalahreppur ), in turn formed on January 1, 1992 from the rural communities Hörðudalur ( Hörðudalshreppur ) and Miðdalir ( Miðdalaukurppur ), rural municipality Haukadalurppur ), rural community Laxárdalur (isl. Laxárdalshreppur ), rural community Hvammur (isl. Hvammshreppur ), rural community Fellsströnd (isl. Fellsstrandarhreppur ) with the eingemeindeten on July 30, 1986 country community Klofningur ( Klofningshreppur ), rural community Skarð (isl. Skarðshreppur ).

On January 1, 1998, the rural community Skógarströnd ( Skógarstrandarhreppur ) was also incorporated.

On June 12, 2006, the rural community Saurbær ( Saurbæjarhreppur ) was incorporated. It comprised the eastern part of Skarðsströnd and the south bank of Gilsfjörður and rose to 923 meters in Hafratindur. In 2005 it had 77 inhabitants on 257 km². The population decline between 1981 and 2005 was 42%. The church place was Staðarhólskirkja.

Population development

date Residents
Dec. 1, 1981: 1,188 (area 2006)
Dec. 1, 1997: 843 (area 2006)
Dec. 1, 2003: 739 (area 2006)
Dec. 1, 2004: 711 (area 2006)
Dec. 1, 2005: 715 (area 2006)
Dec. 1, 2006: 682
Dec. 1, 2007: 710
Dec. 1, 2008: 712
Dec. 1, 2009: 696
Dec. 1, 2010: 687

The population decline between 1981 and 2010 was 43%.

Sons and daughters of the church

See also

Web links

Commons : Búðardalur  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b c cf. nat.is (Icelandic); Accessed August 12, 2011
  2. ^ Website of the Monument Institute. Retrieved September 16, 2019 (Icelandic).