"A fantastic boat trip around Breiðafjarðar islands" Stykkishólmur Things to Do Tip by Regina1965

Stykkishólmur Things to Do: 13 reviews and 50 photos

  The Sæferðir boat.
by Regina1965
 
  • The Sæferðir boat. - Iceland
      The Sæferðir boat.
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  • Breiðafjörður islands - Dímonarklakkar. - Iceland
      Breiðafjörður islands - Dímonarklakkar.
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  • Puffins in the Breiðafjörður islands. - Iceland
      Puffins in the Breiðafjörður islands.
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  • Awesome columnar basalt. - Snæfellsnes- og Hnappadalssýsla
      Awesome columnar basalt.
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  • Breiðafjarðar islands. - Snæfellsnes- og Hnappadalssýsla
      Breiðafjarðar islands.
    by Regina1965
 

Now this is a trip not to be missed when visiting Stykkishólmur! This company, "Sæferðir" Seatours, offers various boat trips but I chose "Ævintýrasigling" or Adventure voyage - I liked the name of that trip :D

That boat-trip takes you on a 2 hours and 15 minutes' long trip on Breiðafjörður bay with its wonderful innumerable islands. The islands are actually on the list of 3 innumerable things in Iceland :D The islands are so many that some of them even have the same name :)

The boat will take you straight up to some islands for bird-watching and we saw a lot of kittiwakes, shags and puffins. And awesome columnar basalt in various forms depending on which island we were visiting. The columnar basalt is riffled in one of the islands and it is often referred to as "The Bookshelves of God" :D (see photos in next tips).

You will be shown the hiding place of Eiríkur rauði or "Eirik the red" the father of Leif the lucky (see my tip on Eiríksstaðir longhouse). And will see an island with a boulder in a rift in the rocks - the boulder was thrown there by a giantess living at Mt. Helgafell.

These islands were populated and there was even the first printery in Iceland on Hrappsey island. But as the story goes with the Vikings then there is also one rock in Breiðafjörður bay where people were hung and left to hang for months as a warning to others to behave right. These islands are filled with so much history.

We were told many stories on life in the old days on the islands by a very good guide on board the boat.

There were so many interesting places that I made several tips on this trip.

During the summer months from June 1st and August 31st there are 2 boat-trips a day, at 11:00 and at 14:30. But in May and September there is only one boat-trip a day at 11:00.

Price for adults: ISK 5.950 - there is a 10% discount if you book on-line.

Sæferðir also operate the ferry Baldur, which sails to "Vestfirðir" The West fjords, with a stop in Flatey island for those who want to visit there.

A higly recommended visit!

Address: Sæferðir, Smiðjustígur 3, 340 Stykkishólmur
othercontact: saeferdir@saeferdir.is
Phone: 354 4332254
Website: http://www.seatours.is/

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 7, 2011
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Oct 30, 2012 at 1:39 AM

    This sounds wonderful! I would love to see Puffins, they look so cute!

    • Regina1965's Profile Photo
      Oct 30, 2012 at 2:46 AM

      We can see puffins from Reykjavík harbour, when you come over. I have added a tip on that on my Reykjavík page and a video :)

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