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Carry On Icelandic: Culture [selections] (2004)

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Akureyri

Akureyri

Akureyri er h÷fu­sta­ur Nor­urlands og ■ri­ji stŠrsti bŠr ß ═slandi, me­ um ■a­ bil 15.000 Ýb˙a (2000). Akureyri liggur vi­ vestanver­an botn Eyjafjar­ar. Innsti hluti fjar­arins, Akureyrarpollur e­a Pollurinn, er ein besta h÷fn landsins frß nßtt˙runnar hendi. FullvÝst er a­ Akureyri ß hafnarskilyr­um tilveru sÝna a­ ■akka, fremur ÷­ru. Akureyri er mikill ˙tger­arbŠr og lifa um 10% Ýb˙a bŠjarins af fiskvei­um og fiskvinnslu.

Ekki er vita­ hvenŠr bygg­ og verslun hˇfst ß Akureyri en a­alverslunarsta­ur Nor­urlands var a­ Gßsum, 14 km nor­an bŠjarins, a­ minnsta kosti fram um 1400. Bygg­in mun svo smßm saman hafa fŠrst innar. Ekki er um fasta bygg­ a­ rŠ­a ß Akureyri fyrr en um mi­ja 18. ÷ld. BŠrinn bygg­ist fyrst sem verslunarsta­ur og enn er ■ar mikil verslun, enda nŠrliggjandi sveitir fj÷lmennar.

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Akureyri og Akureyrarkirkja. (Akureyri and Akureyri Church).

Akureyri er n˙ mesti i­na­arbŠr landsins en ■ar er jafnframt geysimikill rŠktunarßhugi. Gar­ar prř­a bŠinn og ■eir, ßsamt hßv÷xnum trjßm ß Ýslenskan mŠlikvar­a, setja fallegan svip ß bŠinn a­ sumarlagi.

Akureyri er stundum nefnd skˇlabŠrinn, enda hefur ■ar veri­ ÷flugt mennta- og menningarlÝf um langan aldur. Ůar eru tveir framhaldsskˇlar, myndlistaskˇli, tˇnlistarskˇli og hßskˇli og ■ar er starfrŠkt menntasmi­ja kvenna. Ůar er einnig starfandi leikfÚlag, řmsir kˇrar og sinfˇnÝuhljˇmsveit, svo ˇhŠtt er a­ segja a­ menningar- og listalÝf Ý bŠnum sÚ blˇmlegt. Ůß er Ý■rˇttalÝfi­ fj÷lbreytt. Tv÷ knattspyrnufÚl÷g eru starfrŠkt Ý bŠnum, sundfÚlag, skautafÚlag og golfkl˙bbur, svo eitthva­ sÚ nefnt. Ůß er Akureyri einn helsti skÝ­abŠr landsins.

Akureyri

Akureyri is the capital of northern Iceland and the third largest town in Iceland, with about 15,000 residents. Akureyri lies on the west side of the head of the fjord Eyjafj÷r­ur. At the innermost section of the fjord, the "Akureyri Puddle" or "The Puddle" is, by nature, one of the best harbours in the country. Certainly, above all else Akureyri owes its thanks to the good harbour for its existence.

Akureyri is an important centre of the fishing industry, and about 10% of the town's residents take their livelihoods from deep-sea fishing and fish processing.

It is uncertain when settlement and commerce began in Akureyri, but the main trading centre of the north, which was at Gßsar 14 km north of the town, has existed since at least 1400. The settlement has, little by little, moved farther up to the head of fjord. One cannot speak of a permanent settlement before the middle of the eighteenth-century. Initially, it was established as a trading centre: there is still a lot of trading done there as it is close to a large country population.

Akureyri is now the largest industrial trading town in the country, but there is also a great interest in gardening there. Gardens decorate the town and, alongside tall trees (by Icelandic standards), they give a beautiful appearance to the town in summer.

Akureyri is sometimes called "the school town", and educational and cultural life has long been strong there. It has two secondary schools, a college of art, a school of music, and a university, and there is also a study centre for women. There is an active theatre, various choral groups and a symphony orchestra. It is safe to say that the cultural and artistic life of the town is in bloom.

Sporting life is varied: two football clubs are run in the town, as well as swimming, ice-skating, and golf clubs to name but a few. Furthermore, Akureyri is the best skiing centre in the country.

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