In Stykkishólmur

Stykkishólmur by Breiðafjörður is the most populated town on Snæfellsnes. Fisheries, trade and now tourism are the main industries in this municipality of over 1,300 people. There has been trade in Stykkishólmur continuously since 1597, and weather observations have been recorded since 1845 when a weather station was set up in the town, the oldest in the country. The harbour is great, and the ferry Baldur sails daily from Stykkishólmur across Breiðafjörður to Brjánslækur in the Westfjords with a stop in Flatey. There is a hospital in Stykkishólmur, built in 1936 by the Order of St. Francis. There are good hotels and restaurants in Stykkishólmur, as the town is perfectly located to have as a base when exploring the western half of the country. One of the better swimming pools in the country is in the town. Icelandic Times / Land & Saga dashed west to photograph and experience the atmosphere at the end of winter.

 The harbour at Sykkishólmur

The hospital and convent on the hill above the harbour

Looking north over Breiðarfjörður, Súgandisey by the harbour


Looking northwest over Breiðafjörður

By Hafnargata

By Selvallavatn

Nature is close by, here we can see Berserkjarhraun and Kerlingarfjall just south of Stykkishólmur

Photographs & text: Páll Stefánsson
Stykkishólmur 18/04/2023 : A7R III, A7R IV, A7C : FE 1.8/20mm G, FE 1.8/135mm GM / FE 1.2/50mm GM