Stykkishólmur Travel Guide

  • The small but busy harbour area.
    The small but busy harbour area.
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  • The lovely building housing the library of water.
    The lovely building housing the library...
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Stykkishólmur Things to Do

  • Library of Water

    Situated in the lovely little town of Stykkishólmur is the Library of Water, which is nice place to spend a reflective hour. The library is made up of columns of water, taken from glaciers. There are 24 columns but one of the sampled glaciers is now gone - sad proof of global warming? There are also 'weather reports' - words reflecting the weather...

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  • Bird life in Breiðafjarðareyjar islands.

    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.This area is one of the best areas in the world to spot leviathans; the blue whale, humpback and killer whales.The bird life here...

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  • Scallop shells.

    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. And the shore is covered in these shells. I feel like a small kid when I visit this place. When I was travelling in these parts with my parents when I was a young girl we always used to...

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  • Stykkishólmur swimming pool.

    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...

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  • Eating freshly caught raw shellfish on...

    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...

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  • The Hanging rock in Breiðafjarðar...

    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...

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  • A fantastic boat trip around...

    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...

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  • The hiding place of Erik the Red...

    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...

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  • Dimonarklakkar islands.

    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...

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  • Stykkishólmur - churches.

    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...

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  • Súgandisey island.

    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...

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  • Stykkishólmur - The Norwegian house -...

    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...

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Stykkishólmur Hotels

  • Hotel Stykkisholmur

    Borgarbraut 8, Stykkisholmur 340, Iceland

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Breidafjordur

    Aðalgötu 8, Stykkishólmur, IS-340, Iceland

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

Stykkishólmur Restaurants

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    by DutchW Written Sep 15, 2011

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    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.

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    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons

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Stykkishólmur Transportation

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    by Regina1965 Updated Feb 22, 2014

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    There is a ferry which sails from Stykkishólmur to Flatey island, which is one of the Breiðarfjörður islands. It then carries on towards Brjánslækur in Barðaströnd in the Westfjords of Iceland. And back.

    In summer time the Ferry Baldur sails twice from Stykkishólmur to Brjánslækur with a stop in Flatey island. In winter time the Ferry Baldur only sails once from Stykkishólmur to Brjánslækur and back with a stop in Flatey.

    On Saturdays the ferry doesn´t operate.

    The boat trip takes ca 3 hours.

    The ferry is both a passenger and a car ferry. We took the ferry from Brjánslækur in the Westfjords and brought our car along. We got off at Flatey island and stayed there for the night. We then took the ferry the next day to Stykkishólmur and picked our car up there.

    The Ferry Baldur. On the deck of the Ferry Baldur. Inside the ferry Baldur. Sailing towards Stykkish��lmur. Baldur arriving in Brj��nsl��kur on the Westfjords

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Stykkishólmur Off The Beaten Path

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    by milliturtle Written Feb 1, 2014

    The idea is quite intriguing. You get a boat tour around Stykkisholmur and you get fresh seafood trawled from the bottom of the sea. The tour is seasonal and there is the long version and the short version, which is around 1-1.5 hours. We did the short version.

    They showed us a couple of islands, some birds, and told us the legend of the troll woman who flung a rock to one of the islands. After that, the boat stopped and they asked us to go to the back. They dropped the net and trawled for a short distance and brought up the bounty of scallops, conch, and sea urchins from the bottom of the sea. The guide said that they never know what they might get but usually, there will be plenty of scallops. Once the crew dumped out the seafood on the table, they started shucking for us to try. They even have chopsticks and wasabi for those who wanted them. The scallops were so fresh and had a natural sweetness to it. The conch was good too. The sea urchin was nice but not as good as the ones in Japan. Different breed? Anyway, most people have a few pieces and left. Let's just say we had a few more than others. :) They only shuck enough to satisfy demand and they throw the rest of the haul back to the sea, so nothing was wasted.

    The short tour was about 5,000 ISK and totally worth the money, especially if you like fresh, raw seafood. The company offer other tours and ferry services to the West Fjords.

    Viking not included The boat The net The catch Fresh off the sea scallops
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    • Birdwatching
    • Food and Dining

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