Stykkishólmur is a small town located in the northern side of the snæfellsnes peninsula in West Iceland, with population about 1200 people. The town is the largest town in the area and is the main center of services and commerce. Stykkishólmur is also the gateway to the island Flatey and to the Westfjords. There are scheduled ferry trips from the harbor in Stykkishólmur daily.
Stykkishólmur became an important trading post in the mid 16th century, before the Danish-Icelandic Trade Monopoly was implemented. The main reason for the town's importance as a trading post back in the days was the natural harbor with excellent conditions for the ships. Today most people make their living in the fishing industry but tourism is also an important sector of employment, especially in the summer.
Last years Stykkishólmur has become one of the most popular place to visit in Iceland. Residents of the town have put in a lot of work to built up service for tourists but it is also important for them to protect their environment and cultural heritage for next generations to come. That can be seen in the center of the town where there are many beautiful and well preserved houses as well as the local folk museum which is positioned in an old house built in 1828.
The town offers many things to do including a 25 meter long outdoor swimming pool with water slide and hot tubs that are suppose to help people with skin diseases. There is also a 9 hole golf course by the camping area. Trips with the ferry to the islands in Breiðafjörður are very popular and offer an opportunity to explore the nature and the diverse bird life.
Many great accommodations can be found in Stykkishólmur like hotels, hostels, guesthouses, bed and breakfast and camping site with wi-fi. There are also good restaurants, cafes, bakery in the town as well as grocery store and other service.
The drive from Reykjavík to Stykkishólmur is about 2 hours and 10 minutes (165 km). Take Ring Road nr. 1 towards the town Borgarnes. Drive through Borgarnes and take road nr. 54 towards the Snæfellsnes peninsula, drive for about 40 minutes and then turn right on road nr. 56. After about 10 minutes make a right turn again on road nr. 54 and drive for about 15 minutes towards Stykkishólmur.