Iceland has two administrative levels of government: The State and the Local Authorities
The local authority of the area is Norðurþing. It is responsible for many administrative functions and different services such as the operation of compulsory schools, preschools and music schools, youth, sport and leisure activities, etc. As well as technical services that the residents enjoy generally, such as street construction, utility services, firefighting, etc.
Feel free to stop by for general information regarding Municipality services.
Opening hours: Mondays- Fridays from 09:00 – 12:15 and 12:45 – 16:00
Multicultural reprasentative of Norðurþing
My name is Sigrún Björg and I am the multicultural reprasentative of Norðurþing. My job is to assist our new residents of foreign origin to get to know our society and all the good things it has to offer, as well as to assist with any complications that you might run into when moving to a new country.
If you have any questions or need any help with adjusting to life here in Iceland and in Húsavík, please do not hesitate to cantact me and we will book an appointment. You are also welcome to drop by at my office at the Norðurþing Municipality building for some coffee and a chat if you want.
I look forward to the oppertunity to get to know you,
The Service Centers of Norðurþing
Municipality service the area with diverse work such as snow clearing and maintenance of streets and sidewalks.
In the towns/villages the hot-and cold-water supply and sewerage/ drainage system is run by Norðurþing. It depends on where you live how you pay for it. If you own your own house, you pay hot and cold water and your council tax on your home. If you live in an apartment building sometimes it is paid for the whole building and you pay a share. If you rent, usually your landlord pays all this, and you don’t pay any bills other than rent.
Húsavík and Reykjahverfi
Hot-and cold-water supply and sewerage/ drainage system is run by Orkuveita Húsavíkur, that is owned by the Municipality.
Tel: 464-0900 (Call tel. 464-0909 in case of breakdowns)
Contact Birna Björnsdóttir for information about billing and readings of water meters, tel. 464-9850, email: email@example.com
Kópasker, Raufarhöfn and Lundur
Norðurþing Municipality runs the cold-water supply in Kópasker, Raufarhöfn og Lundur
For more information please contact the Municipality Offices
Waste management (sorphirða)
Húsavík and Reykjahverfi
Íslenska gámafélagið takes care of Waste management in Húsavík and Reykjahverfi. Every house has three trash cans for compost, recycling and general waste. Please check and follow the instructions.
In addition to this there is a waste depot in Húsavík open mon-fri 13:00- 17:00 and Saturdays 11:00- 14:00. It is situated in Víðimóar just outside of Húsavík in the direction of Akureyri. You will need a membership card that you can get at the Municipality Office.
At the waste depot you can dispose of all garbage that should not go into the trash cans such as lightbulbs, glass, paint, batteries, furniture, metal, wood and yard waste.
For more information call Norðurþing Municipality tel. 464-6100 or Íslenska Gámafélagið tel. 577 5757i
Kelduhverfi, Öxarfjörður, Raufarhöfn and Melrakkaslétta
Sel sf. in Kópasker takes care of Waste management in Kelduhverfi, Öxarfjörður, Raufarhöfn and Melrakkaslétta. There are three garbage bins. One for paper, one for plastic (and smaller
metal) and one for general waste.
For disposal of other garbage there are garbage containers in Höfðabrekka, Þverá, in Kópasker and Raufarhöfn. Please ask for further instructions at Norðurþing service centers.
Address: Röndin 7, 670 Kópasker
Tel: 894 0172
Owning a pet - Gæludýr
While it is wonderful to enjoy the company of your beloved pet, there are strict rules on quarantine for importing a pet and it can be an expensive process. Please check first with your own country rules as well as the quarantine station
There are no formal kennels or doggy daycare services in Norðurþing although there are people who love pets and will be happy to care for your animal when you travel for a small fee.
In the town/villages dogs and cats must be on a leash. The owner must clean up after the animal. It is not possible to bring a dog to outdoor events. It is not allowed to have more than 2 dogs and 2 cats in the same home (older than 3 months)
There is one vet in Húsavík (dýralæknir)and in Akureyri there are two veterinary clinics that welcome all pets:
Ketilsbraut 21, 640 Húsavík
Tel: 464 1936 or 893 7901
Dýralæknaþjónusta Eyjafjarðar, Akureyri
Tel: 4614950 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 461-2550 and after closing time 461 1550