The coastal town and municipality of Stykkishólmur, located in the northern side of the Snæfellsnes peninsula, in western Iceland, offers the main services and commerce in this area. With approximately 1,200 inhabitants, the main economic activities are fishing and summer tourism.
From the Stykkishólmur harbour you can take a boat-tour around the island or the ferryboat Baldur across the bay to the West-fjords, stopping in Flatey Island. Vatnasafn, also known as ‘Library of water’, is a unique museum containing an installation of floor-to-ceiling glass columns with crystal-clear water from 24 glaciers in Iceland. The town also has a nice swimming pool and several accommodation options. For lovely views, watch the live streaming cams.
Stykkishólmur’s historical connections with Denmark are visible in some well-preserved houses owned by Danish traders, as well as in the Danish festival (‘Danskir dagar’ in Icelandic), which takes place every year, since 1994, on the second or third weekend in August.