Business and community
A number of businesses are operated in town and the main industries are a shipping business, fish processing, servicing and processing agricultural production as well as secondary land use (land benefits). The town has a large pelagic fish processing plant, small boat fisheries and businesses that process shark and dried fish. There are also various other businesses in town, e.g., a machine and car repair shop, a dry cleaner’s which is also a clothing store and crafts supply store and a hair salon. Eiderdown is also processed in Vopnafjörður.
The town has a sports center with weight-lifting equipment and a gymnasium that is available for rent as well as a sauna and a tanning bed. A small football area is next to the elementary school, and the town also has playgrounds, a football field, a frisbee golf course, an excellent 9 hole golf course and a beach volleyball court.
The municipality has two churches: Vopnafjarðakirkja and Hofskirkja.
Vopnafjörður has been a trading center since the era of monopoly in the 17th and 18th centuries. Danish trading company Örum & Wulff began operating in the area at the turn of the 19th century which led to the building of a number of beautiful houses. One of them is the house Kaupvangur, built in 1882 by Fredrik Bald, the master builder of the parliament building of Althing in Reykjavik. The house was completely restored to its original splendor in 2005. Today, Kaupvangur is considered one of the most excellent buildings in Vopnafjörður and serves the town with various cultural activities. The municipality of Vopnafjörður has diverse and robust social activities.