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Stykkishólmur Municipality (Iceland)

Welcome to Stykkishólmur Municipality

Stykkishólmur Municipality 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.

Regeneration and revival

Throughout the regeneration process, the local council focused on four clear objectives, these were: to protect the local cultural heritage; to revive the historical prestige of the village; to offer a wide range of tourism attractions; and to increase the environmental awareness of locals and visitors. These objectives were met through several initiatives. Restoring the old village to its former glory was a crucial aspect of the process. Instead of replacing the old buildings, the municipality decided to renovate them. An extensive study was conducted about the history behind these houses. Based on this insight, the authorities decided on how best to utilise the buildings. For example, renovated residential houses were converted into guest houses, maintaining all original features.

Sightseeing tips

  • a tour around the Snaefellsnes peninsula is an absolute must. Here you can enjoy the magnificent fjords, ocean and serenity of this place
  • visit the Volcano museum, curated by famous volcanologist, Haraldur Sigurdsson. As well as a tour around the museum, Haraldur also offers free lectures on volcanoes to visitors
  • don’t forget to try the local specialty, dried fish. It is available in several stores in the village
  • visit the Norska husid (Norwegian house), a museum on local folk culture, which tells the story about region’s history
Last update: 04/10/2011 | Top