As in every town in Iceland there is a good swimming pool in Stykkishólmur. What is special about this swimming pool though is that the water in the pool has been certified by Institut Fresenius, which specialises in environmental certification. They say that the water is good for people suffering from exosceletal problems. And they even recommend...more
The islands are thought to be countless or ca 2.500. And it is believed that 25% of all the shore-line in island is here in Breiðafjareyjar islands. The tide and down draft is higher here than in other places in Iceland.The bird life here is amazing. Breiðafjörður is on the list of BirdLife International for Important Bird Areas. Of course the most...more
Now, this is what some call the high-light of the Fantasy tour on Breiðafjarðareyjar islands :) - the throwing out of the net. This was actually quite exciting, 2 members of the crew threw a net into the ocean and lovely girls waited with knives - eh! Everybody on the boat watched as the net was drawn in to see what they had caught. The catch was...more
There were Vikings who lived on these islands to begin with and they were not the most peaceful of men. There is one rock in Breiðafjörður bay where people were hung and left to hang for months as a warning to others to behave right. Just imagine what a dreadful sight that must have been.This hanging place is a gap in a very peculiar riffled...more
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 :DThat boat-trip takes you on a 2 hours and 15 minutes' long trip on Breiðafjörður bay with its wonderful innumerable islands. The islands are...more
Next to Dímonarklakkar by Öxney island is Eiríksvogur bay, where Erik the Red (Eiríkur rauði), hid and prepared his ship for his escape to Greenland. See my tip on Eiríksstaðir on my Iceland page, where Erik the Red lived with his wife and son Leif the Lucky (Leifur heppni).Eiríkur had been chased out of Norway for manslaughter and was later also...more
Dímonarklakkar islands are the highest ones of all of the Breiðafjörður islands. Small Klakkur (Litli klakkur) is 54 m high og Big Klakkur (Stóri klakkur) is 72 m high. They are so majestic hovering over the other islands. They belong to an archipelago called Klakkeyjar islands.There used to be woodland here on Klakkeyjar islands as in so many...more
There is a very special church in Stykkishólmur which reminds one of a modern time sculpture. It was consecrated in 1990. Inside the church is the most beautiful altarpiece of St. Mary and Jesus, do pay it a visit.The church stands on a hill and is a spectacular in it self (see my photos). It seats 300 people. The older more conventional church is...more
Súgandisey is in Stykkishólmur harbour in Breiðafjörður and is a very beautiful cliff (it is actually an island) on which you can walk and get a magnificient view of the town of Stykkishómur and Breiðafjarðareyjar "The islands of Breiðafjörður" of which there are about 2.700. Súgandisey is connected to land by a road by the harbour so you can drive...more
The Norwegian house is a very nice museum by the harbour in Stykkishólmur. It is the oldest house in Stykkishólmur built in 1832 and was the first two-storied home in Iceland and one of 3 biggest homes at that time. The owner of the house was Árni Ó. Thorlacius (1802-1891) a big entrepreneur in Stykkishólmur in his time. It is now a district folk...more
The Library of water at Stykkishólmur is an extremely interesting and beautiful museum. It is situated on a hill with a stunning view of the harbour on one side and the town on the other side. The exhibition is created by the American artist Roni Horn and it is now a permanent sculpture installation and community centre. What makes it so very...more
This village is generally regarded as one of the most beautifully villages of Iceland. The combuination of the sea with it's many islands and the mountains is spectacular. However it is just a small village so you won't want to spend a full day here. The most spectacular thing is the gorgeous church that sits on a hill overlloking the village (and...more
One brochure I picked up in the B&B I stayed in bragged about Stykkisholmur having "a choice of restaurants". As far as I was able to find out, there were two--the minimum to have "a choice". But if they're good, who needs more choice? Having sampled only restaurant "Fimm Fiskar" ("Five Fishes"), I can only say that there certainly is one good restaurant in town.
An Icelandic wooden building starts giving some old-time atmosphere before you enter. The interior is more classy than the building, with neatly white-decked tables. Friendly service helps you find your way through the menu on which fish and seafood are of course the main part. It does not have to be five fishes per plate, nothwithstanding the restaurant's name, you can get something lighter.
Favorite Dish: I had a fish dish and was quite pleased with it, but forgot to note the name and even the kind of fish. A glass of dry white wine added to the joy. Service was kind and quick.