"Stykkishólmur - the capital of West-Iceland." Top 5 Page for this destination Snæfellsnes- og Hnappadalssýsla Things to Do Tip by Regina1965

  The old houses in Stykkishólmur.
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  • The old houses in Stykkishólmur. - Snæfellsnes- og Hnappadalssýsla
      The old houses in Stykkishólmur.
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  • I love shells :D - Snæfellsnes- og Hnappadalssýsla
      I love shells :D
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  • Stykkishólmur as seen from Súgandisey island. - Snæfellsnes- og Hnappadalssýsla
      Stykkishólmur as seen from Súgandisey island.
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  • Súgandisey island as seen from the town :) - Snæfellsnes- og Hnappadalssýsla
      Súgandisey island as seen from the town :)
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  • Stykkishólmur harbour. - Snæfellsnes- og Hnappadalssýsla
      Stykkishólmur harbour.
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Stykkishólmur is the largest town on the Snæfellsnes peninsula and is often called the capital of West-Iceland. The population is ca 1.200. It is the center for trade, service and transport in this area and is surrounded by the beautiful Breiðafjarðareyjar, The islands of Breiðafjörður, of which there are ca 2.700 small islands. By the harbour stands Súgandisey and shelters the town from the northern wind. You can walk to the island and have a better look at the small islands and the town (see my tip on that).

There are various boat-tours from the harbour, including the popular "Seatours" boat ride which takes you around the islands on a 2 hour, 15 minutes' sight-seeing and bird-watching tour where you can spot puffins and a myriad of other birds. On this tour you get to taste sea-food fresh out of the sea (see my tip). From the Stykkishólmur harbour leaves the ferry Baldur which takes you across the bay to the West-fjords with a stop-over in Flatey island.

Some of the houses in Stykkishólmur were owned by Danish traders and every year in August there is a Danish festival in Stykkishólmur. The town-people have put their pride into preserving the old houses and done a great job and walking in the center of town is like walking in another era. The oldest house in Stykkishólmur is the Norwegian house which is now the local folk museum (see my tip on that). In 2011 Stykkishólmur received the EDEN award with the words that Stykkishómur were "a fascinating town" :)

There is also a very special museum on a hill, Vatnasafn "Library of water" with glass columns containing glacial water gathered from around Iceland (see my tip on that).

There is a good swimming pool in Stykkishólmur and various accomodation options.

When I visit Stykkishólmur I always go to a special place by the shore and collect some scallop shells, being wild about shells. It is behind the scallop factory.

Here is a webcam in Stykkishólmur.

I have made an additional page on Stykkishólmur.

Address: 340 Stykkishólmur, West-Iceland
Directions: Stykkishólmur is 173 km from Reykjavík in West-Iceland on the Snæfellsnes peninsula. Driving through Vatnaleið (road 56) take a right turn on road 54 and onwards to road 58 which takes you directly to Stykkishólmur.
othercontact: stykkisholmur@stykkisholmur.is
Phone: 4338100
Website: http://stykkisholmur.is/default.asp?Sid_Id=1648&tId=1 www.seatours.com

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