Stykkishólmur

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Introduction

Stykkishólmur is a town in West Iceland, on the north coast of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. It is often called "the gateway to the islands" of Breiðafjörður. The population is a little over 1,200.

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Sights and Activities

Walk around the centre of Stykkishólmur. It has some remarkably well-preserved Danish trading houses, which offer a glimpse into how most Icelandic "towns" would have looked in the 18th and 19th centuries (when most of them were little more than a few houses).

Library of Water (Vatnasafn), Bókhlöðustígur 17, ☏ +354 857 2551. 1PM-6PM June–August, 1PM-5PM September. The old town library houses a permanent art exhibition on water and weather by Roni Horn.
Norwegian House (Norska húsið) (Hafnargata 5), ☏ +354 438 1640, ✉ norskhus@simnet.is. 11AM-5PM May 31-September 7. The local folk museum.
Island tours are available from the harbour in Stykkishólmur. These sail around the many small islands of Breiðafjörður and sometimes include fishing for shellfish or other sea creatures.

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Events and Festivals

Danish days (Danskir dagar) is the name of Stykkishólmur's town festival, held in August each year and celebrating its heritage as a Danish trading post.

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Getting There

Driving is the easiest way to get to Stykkishólmur. The town is not on the ring road, but it should be simple to follow signs. If approaching from Reykjavík or South Iceland, take Route 54 out of Borgarnes and then cross the peninsula on Route 56. From North Iceland take Route 59 over Laxárdalsheiði. Stykkishólmur is about two hours from Reykjavík by car, and four hours from Akureyri.

Scheduled buses should leave at least once a day from BSÍ bus terminal in Reykjavík.

It is also possible to go to Stykkishólmur via car-ferry from the West Fjords. The name of the ferry is Baldur and it sails from Brjánslækur on the south coast of the Westfjords with a stop in Flatey, operated by Sæferðir.

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Getting Around

Stykkishólmur is very small, and easily covered by foot.

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Eat/Drink

Look out for the locally-produced Jökull beer.

Narfeyrarstofa, Aðalgata 3, ☏ +354 438 1119. A cozy new restaurant and bar in a beautifully renovated old timber house. 3000-4000 kr.
Meistarinn, by Aðalgata. There's more to this small hot dog stand than meets the eye. It's famous for innovating on the traditional Icelandic fast food of a hot dog in a bun, and the menu includes porridge.

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Sleep

Stykkishólmur Campsite, Aðalgata 27, ☏ +354 438 1075, +354 849 8435, ✉ mostri@stykk.is. On the outskirts of town, the campsite has WiFi in addition to more traditional facilities.
Hólmur-Inn Guesthouse, Skúlagata 4, ☏ +354 899 9144, ✉ holmurinn@simnet.is. 10,000 kr.
Hótel Stykkishólmur, Borgarbraut 8, ☏ +354 430 2100, ✉ hotelstykkisholmur@simnet.is. €110-170.
Sjónarhóll Hostel, Höfðagata 1, ☏ +354 438 1417, ✉ stykkisholmur@hostel.is.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Most of Iceland is well connected. Most homes have ADSL connections which work well most of the time. There is however a firewall which can cause connections problems especially at busy times. Most hotels, guesthouses, hostels, cafés etc. have a working Wi-Fi network. Generally it's free of charge, but sometimes there might be a small fee or limited amount of time. There are a couple of public computers at the University of Iceland and the National Library that you can use for free and without the need to log in.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The international telephone code is 354. National numbers in Iceland are seven digits long and generally written in the form xxx xxxx or xxx-xxxx.
There are no area codes in this closed numbering plan and the international call prefix is 00. Numbers of mobile phones tend to begin with either 6xx xxxx, 7xx xxxx or 8xx xxxx, while land line numbers start with 5xx xxxx (in Reykjavík) or 4xx xxxx (the country side). The Icelandic emergency number is 112 for all services.

Internally, phone calls in Iceland are very reasonable priced and most providers offer friends and family discounts or free calls/messaging to same network phones. International calling cards are available in most convenience stores which can significantly reduce the cost of international calls.

There are three main companies who supply personal internet connections: siminn Vodafone and Talk. It is very important to get full details of the charges and excess charges as it is very easy to run up a huge bill without being aware of it, especially on a mobile connection. You can buy a local SIM card, if you have an unlocked mobile phone. The major internet companies can supply 3G mobile internet on a monthly basis. If you are travelling be sure to check the coverage because the mobile connection is not as wide as the mobile phone connection.

Post

Iceland's Postal Service (tel. 580-1200) is reliable and efficient. General post office hours in Reykjavík are 9:00am to 6:00pm weekdays, but post offices close earlier elsewhere. Mailboxes are bright red and marked Pósturinn. Stamps are sold at many locations, including Nóatún supermarkets; N1, Olís, and Shell gas stations; and some bookstores. Mail typically takes 3 to 5 business days to reach Europe or the United States. If you are importing goods through the post, it takes a while to sort out the customs and tax based on the value of the item, so be sure to have receipts readily available. For sending packages you can also use international courier companies like TNT, UPS, FedEx or DHL, since they are fast, reliable and generally competitively priced as well.

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