What to do in Stykkishólmur
Stykkishólmur, with its colorful old houses, surrounded by the numerous islands and skerries of Breiðafjörður bay, is one of Iceland’s most picturesque towns and a popular film location. The town is also packed with options for activities, exploring and food.
One of Iceland's most picturesque towns
The small fishing village Stykkishólmur popular film location
Stykkishólmuris renowned for its beautiful setting and holds some of Iceland's best-preserved and maintained old-style houses and buildings. It has been a
popular film location, with The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by Ben Stiller probably being the best-known. The people of Stykkishólmur are pioneers in recycling in Iceland and the community is certified by the Green Globe environmental sustainability label.
Ship Ahoy! - Ferry, boat tours and kayaking
Art and museums
Stykkishólmur offers a few very different but equally interesting museums.
is a regional museum, also with rotating art exhibitions and a museum souvenir shop.
allows you to wander between pillars of water from Iceland's glaciers and also serves as a pop-up concert hall.
invites visitors to learn about the eider duck and methods of eiderdown “farming” in Iceland.
at the old farmstead Bjarnarhöfn (20 minutes drive from Stykkishólmur town) holds the history of generations of shark fishers and processors. They of course offer you to taste the infamous Icelandic fermented shark.
More to explore
If you want to stay active the town and its neighborhood are packed with options.
- Stykkishólmur has a nice outdoor swimming pool with unique seawater hot tubs and a water slider for the kids.
- Hiking out to Súgandisey lighthouse from the harbor gives you a nice view over the town and out to sea and the surrounding islands. Other more challenging options like the geological wonder Drápuhlíðarfjall await within fifteen minutes drive away.
- Food and dining. Wheater you feel like fine, street food or something from the grocery store, you will be surprised with the variety of options Stykkishólmur offers.
is one of Iceland's top destinations and is perfect to do as a day tour from Stykkishólmur (ca 150 km around the peninsula). Attractions include
, Krikjufell Mountain, Arnarstapi coastline and Búðir church.