Stykkisholmur is small fishing village, with a population of over a thousand people. It is situated in the west of the island, to the north of the Snafellsnes peninsula. For many years, the village relied on fishing as its primary source of income. However, the decline in the number of scallops left the local economy devastated. To encourage growth, the council decided to nurture a new industry in the village, tourism. Today, after several years of extensive regeneration projects, the village has a new image and agenda. The old houses in the centre have been given a new lease of life, and the locals are thrilled to share their village with visitors.
The Westfjords region
The Westfjords region is situated in a remote area in the north-west of Iceland. Virtually separated from the rest of Iceland and sparsely populated, the area is characterised by dramatic fjords and towering angular cliffs rising sharply from deep blue seas. Its fjords, endless meadows, glacier, waterfalls and impeccable flora and fauna make it one of the most enchanting places in the area. The region is also home to incredible delicious cuisine.