Stykkishˇlmur Town

Stykkishˇlmur Town
This attractive little town, situated at the head of Thorsnes promontory is the oldest town on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. It is the commercial center of the area as well as an important fishing town due to the proximity to excellent fishing grounds but growing tourism also contributes a lot to it┤s economy. For a long time, Stykkishˇlmur has been known for it catch of Icelandic scallop, which is a delicacy and the town is a home port for a large scallop catching fleet. Colorful houses of varied style, - an interesting melange of houses from the last 200 years, many of a considerable architectural interest, lead down to the picturesque harbour, sheltered by an off shore island.

Boat Trips and Ferry

Stykkishˇlmur is a home port for a scallop fleet and interesting boat trips on Brei­afj÷r­ur Bay are available from here. A boat trip among the inner islands of the Brei­afj÷r­ur archipelago, offers an enjoyable experience and is available daily from Stykkishˇlmur in summer. This is a natural centre for seeing the northern shore of Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Stykkishˇlmur is also the home Ferry Port for the ferry Baldur, that offers ferry connections across the Brei­afj÷r­ur Bay as well as with Flatey Island.

Services

Stykkishˇlmur has various other services to offer to visitors. There are several hotels and guesthouse in the town, restaurants, grocery stores and a beautiful outdoor swimming pool that is open all year round, with hot and cold tubs as well as a water slide, popular with children. An ineresting place to visit at Stykkishˇlmur is the Volcano Museum, called Eldfjallasafni­, where objects and samples of lava and volcanic rock are on display along with various works of art. The Museum was established by an Icelandic volanologist, Mr. Haraldur Sigur­sson and is located in an old cinema house, close to the harbor in Stykkishˇlmur.

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