The village of Búðardalur is situated on the Hvammsfjörður in the north-west of Iceland. The village also lies at the north-eastern end of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. Búðardalur has about 260 inhabitants and it is a service center for the area. There are 650 inhabitants in the whole county. Búðardalur contains a supermarket and a petrol station, flower shop, 2 hair salons, pub/restaurant, health care centre, off licence, garage and a lovely little craft shop, where women in the county sell their handmade craft items. The village has a long history, dating from the time of the first settlements in Iceland. The name means "Camp Valley", or more directly dale of booths, this is where settlers had temporary camp when coming to this area. In 1899, Búðardalur was officially granted the right of commerce. An old house from this time is still existing. At a short distance from the village lies the site of the former siege of Erik the Red (Eiriksstaðir), who went from there to discover Greenland. He was the father of Leifur "Heppni" Eiríksson (Leif the Lucky) who went on and discovered America ahead of Columbus.
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