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The arms symbolize the steep fjords in the region, the importance of sailing and fishing as well as the midnight sun.
Before 1996 the arms were slightly different:
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Literature : Image obtained from the Icelandic Association of Municipalities (Samband Íslenzkra Svetarfélaga); Bæjarins besta 06-10-2011