The fishing town of Stykkishólmur is situated in the western part of Iceland, to the north of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. With its 1240 inhabitants, it is a center of services and commerce for the area. Most of the people make their living from fishing and tourism. A ferry called Baldur goes over the Breiðafjörður fjord to the West Fjords (Vestfirðir).
The favourable position of the town was discovered rather early and in 1550 a trading post was founded at the site. Today, the most important employer of the town after the fishing industry is a convent of Catholic nuns.
The town was named after a small island in front of the harbour with the name Stykkið (meaning the piece in Icelandic). The nearby mountain of Helgafell is the burial place of Guðrún Ósvífursdóttir, a heroine of the Icelandic sagas.
The sports club of Stykkishólmur is called Snæfell (Umf. Snæfell), named after glacier which is located on Snæfellsnes, called Snæfellsjökull.
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Travel Tips from people who've been to Stykkisholmur
I recommend taking the boat trip with Saeferdir (Sea travels) to see the little islands on Breidafjordur bay, the birds who inhabit them (among them an eagle couple) and eat fresh shell fish straight from the ocean accompanied with some white wine. A lovely trip altogether!