History & Culture
Vopnafjordur's history reaches 1100 years back. The bay was first settled by Viking seafarers from Norway. Foreign merchants frequently sailed to Vopnafjordur in the early modern age, and a settlement gradually formed on a peninsula where the village of Vopnafjordur now stands. It became one of Iceland's major harbors for commerce in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In the last half century, the fishing industry has grown considerably, and is today the largest business sector in the area.