The community of Dalvíkurbyggð was formed in 1998 by the merger of three districts of the outer Eyjafjörður: the town of Dalvík and the rural districts of Svarfaðardalur and Árskógur. The logo of Dalvík shows three mountains, signifying the merger of the three communities.
The population of Dalvík is nearly 2.000. The local economy is mostly based upon the fisheries and fish processing, in addition to various industrial and food enterprises, services, commerce and trade. Dalvík harbour is a large fishing and commercial port; the ferry Sæfari, wich sails from Dalvík, serves the island of Grímsey, Iceland's northenmost community, wich lies on the Arctic Circle.
Árskógsströnd comprises the villages of Hauganes and Árskógssandur, each with a population of under 200. Fishing and fish processing are the main occupations. The ferry Sæfari plies between Árskógssandur and the island of Hrísey, out in the middle of the fjord, known as "the pearl of Eyjafjörður".
The farmers of the Svarfaðardalur valley and Árskógsströnd are mainly engaged in dairy farming, while sheep husbandry has declined. Horses are kept by both farmers and towndwellers. Other branches of agriculture include fur farming. Farmhouse holidays and other tourist services play a growing role in the rural areas of Dalvíkurbyggð.
Official website is www.dalvikurbyggd.is