The first night of our trip to Iceland was spent in a little fishing town in the Snæfellsnes peninsula whose name no-one could remember. Sykkishólmur, stukkisdal, styggendal, stugginator.. The town went by many different names during our trip. Sykkishólmur was selected as a destination by a coincidence after I found a little article about a hidden gem located in the peninsula slightly “off the beaten path”.
Before arriving to the town, I had not read much about it, so there were not many expectations either. The only article I had read promised something slightly unique and exceptional but I could not quite understand how that could be. What we ended up finding was a small, cozy and cute little fishing village that we all loved. It was so…Icelandic! Small but cute, off the beaten path but still worth visiting. In October there might not be that much to do, but still enough to keep you entertained for some hours.
The little town has only some 1100 inhabitants, so it is needless to say you should not expect the town itself to hold much to see and do. There is a small harbor, few musemus, sports facilities, and a small store. The local church is also worth seeing – you can almost imagine the tower having given strong inspiration in creating the look for the eye of Sauron in LOTR. It was late October when we visited and by then, some of the guesthouses and restaurants were already closed, but there was still enough to select from. The town consisting mainly of cute little wooden houses is not only peaceful and cute but also very.. well, Icelandic! It is just hard not to fall in love with it.
In the harbor it is nice to spend time just looking at all the different little fishing boats. The lighthouse, located on top of the big rock just next to the harbor, offers some great views over the town and the coast too and you should not miss checking it out when in town.
Stykkishólmur might not the most common place to visit on a trip to Iceland and not that many people have even heard of the town but the number of visitors have rapidly grown over the past few years, so the word is out already and for a good reason! The town itself offers a nice place to visit and many visitors go there just to see the town, but the most common reason people go there is because of the harbor. From there depart not only the countless fishing boats bot also the boat trips to the Breidafjordur area, that together with the Snæfellsnes peninsula are well known for the beautiful nature and wildlife.
Stykkishólmur is located some 200km north of Reykjavik and the location makes it a perfect stopping point for those travelling around the Snæfellsnes peninsula or the ring road around the whole island, as well as for those heading up north towards the islands in the bay. I’d not say this is a town where you should plan on spending several days, but for a one-night stop this little town is just perfect.