Stykkishólmur has 1,100 inhabitants, and is the commercial center of this part of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. It was settled in the 16th century as a trading post. Most of the residents make their living off of fishing and tourism. Many tourists take the ferry from Stykkishólmur to the Westfjords. We opted to drive since we had plenty of time, but I’ve heard it’s a gorgeous boat ride, since Breiðafjörður is one of the most ecologically diverse areas in Iceland.
You may be familiar with Stykkishólmur if you saw The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, since the title character ends up in this town at one point. (Here is a really cute video of the premiere of the movie in Reykjavik. It’s making me miss Iceland so much already!) It’s a really cute little town. From the top of the hill/island by the harbor, you get a great view of the 2500+ islands found in Breiðafjörður, many of which are teeming with birds, seals, and huge diversity of flora.
[35mm taken with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. Click here for more pictures from my June Ring Road trip around Iceland]