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This town was called the world capital of the herring fisheries in the sixties. Since the herring diminished the inhabitants concentrate on the old stocks and fishing and fish processing are still the main trades. One of the biggest fish meal factories operates there and tourism plays an increasing role in the economy, especially after the opening of the tunnels from Olafsfjordur and the restauration of most of the old houses in town.
The town and its history are very attractive and one should not miss seeing the Herring Museum in the original barracks and participating in the summery Herring Festival. All necessary services are rendered to the visitors and there are many places of interest in the vicinity, some of which require some hiking. Siglufjordur is known for its skiing athletes, who practice in the good skiing resort nearby.
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