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Because of its location, Stykkishólmur became a centre for trade, transportation and services on Breiðafjörður early on in Iceland’s history. The town is still an ideal destination for those whose who wish to experience diversity of nature and life on Breiðafjörður Bay. In summer, daily sightseeing trips go out in the Bay with Seatours boats (www.seatours.is), while the Ferry Baldur (www.seatours.is/Frontpage/FerryBaldur/) connects Snæfellsnes Peninsula with the West Fjords with daily sailings to Brjánslækur.
A great deal of effort has been put into preserving Stykkisholmur´s old houses, and old buildings thus have a great influence on the appearance of downtown Stykkishólmur. The oldest building, the Norwegian House, is the Snæfellsnes Peninsula Folk Museum. Many craftspeople live in Stykkishólmur, and a crafts market there is open in summer. The Library of Water is situated at a place with one of the most beautiful views. American artist Roni Horn created and shaped the Library of Water in concert with the unique location of the building, with its view over the sea, harbour and town. The Library of Water is open daily in summer.
The new church is a striking landmark. It is open to tourists and, besides normal church services. Restaurants and coffee shops can be found in Stykkishólmur, as can hotels and other types of accommodation.
Transportation in Stykkishólmur is good. The distance to Reykjavík is 172 km, and scheduled buses operate daily between the two places all year round. Besides these, there are also regular trips between the towns in the north of Snæfellsnes peninsula in summer.
All general services can be found in Stykkishólmur, while famous historical places and natural monuments are within easy reach in Helgafellssveit, including horse rental, farmhouse accommodation and interesting shark processing, in Bjarnahöfn, which has been popular with tourists.
The ferry Baldur makes regular journeys over Breiðafjörður. In summer, it sails twice a day between Stykkishólmur and Brjánslækur, with a stop in Flatey where travellers can spend some of the day in a peaceful village which has a long and noteworthy history. Seatours passenger boats offer trips through a nearby strait between islands, during which you will get to know the inhabitants of the deep sea. Nowhere else in Iceland are the tides more distinct, and nowhere is it more wonderful to sail through rapids and fast-running water in narrow straits. Tourists come in close contact with the colourful birdlife while sailing over Breiðafjörður, and it is not unlikely that the king of Icelandic birds, the sea eagle, will be seen swarming in search of food.
There is a swimming pool which is open all year. The swimming pool contains an enjoyable chute for children, as well as hot pots with certificated pure water that comes straight from the borehole. The water is known for its healing powers, as it is full of minerals and works well for all sorts of skin problems. The Mostri Golf Club has a good nine-hole course south of the campsite.
The Danish days festival is held annually on the third weekend of August, when town residents and visitors celebrate with dance, song and various artistic events.
The diverse nature and biota of Snæfellsnes and Breiðafjörður are renowned. Easy hiking routes across beaches and spits can be found within the municipality of Stykkishólmur and in nearby areas, while Súgandisey by the harbour is an example of one of the good viewing points.
Hikes up nearby mountains, such as Helgafell, Drápuhlíðarfjall and Kerlingarfjall, are within the capabilities of most people, and historical places are not far from there, while a walk across Berserkjahraun lava never disappoints.
Don´t miss out on this charming and friendly costal town in Iceland!