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Olafsvik is a town on the northern side of Snaefellsnes peninsula, close to the magnificent glacier, Snaefellsjokull.

Olafsvik has a large fishing harbour which is ideal for watching the lively seamans life.

An old warehouse, built in 1844, is now protected and houses a museum, with exhibits displaying working methods from ancient times.

At the end of Baejargil gorge is the beautiful Baejarfoss waterfall. Snaefellsjokull National Park with its amazing nature is in the vicinity.

Distance from Reykjavik City Centre: 195 km.

Tourist Information Office, hotel, guesthouse, camping site, restaurant, museum, Maritime Museum, swimming pool and a 9-hole golf course.

GPS Points N64° 53' 45.349" W23° 42' 30.364"
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Ennisbraut 1
  • Ennisbraut 1
  • 355 Ólafsvík
  • 821-9217
Skálholt 6 Home Accommodation
  • Skálholt 6
  • 355 Ólafsvík
  • 867 9407
Guesthouse & Gallery
  • Brautarholt 7
  • 355 Ólafsvík
  • 8311411
Bikers Paradise
  • Sandholt 45
  • 355 Ólafsvík
  • 436-1070, 896-2845
Við Hafið Guesthouse
  • Ólafsbraut 55
  • 355 Ólafsvík
  • 436-1166


Söluskáli ÓK
  • Ólafsbraut 27
  • 355 Ólafsvík
  • 436-1012

Svöðufoss is a beautiful waterfall in the Hólmkelsá river. The waterfall is 10 meters high and falls off a beautiful basalt column cliff. a parking lot has been built near the waterfall so today it is fairly easy to visit and enjoy. The walk from the parking lot to the waterfall is only about half an hour.


The mountain Enni is 418 meters high Tuya mountain. There is a hiking trail up the mountain but along you can also walk to look at Ólafsvíkurfoss waterfall. An information sign is laid out at the western entrance to Ólafsvík, from where there is a "path or old path that can be followed all the way up to the waterfall edge.

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