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  • Swimming Pools
Stykkishólmur Swimming pool
Outdoor and indoor swimming pool with Frasenius certified water, claimed to have regenerative powers. Thermal tubs, water slide and a wading pool for the children. Opening hours Week days: Fridays: Saturdays: Sundays: June 1st - August 31st: 07:00-22:00 07:00-19:00 10:00-18:00 10:00-18:00 September 1st - May 31st: 07:00-22:00 07:00-22:00 10:00-17:00 10:00-17:00 Out and indoor swimming pool with thermal tubs, waterchute and a small pool for the children
  • Swimming Pools
Ólafsvík Swimming pool
The indoor swimming pool is 12.5 metres long and has a hotpot. There is also an outdoor area with hot tubs and slides. The swimming pool is situated beside the elementary school, artificial grass pitch, football pitch and play area. Summer opening hours from 1st June - 31st August: weekdays from 7:30 to 21:00, Saturdays-Sundays from 10:00 til 17:00. During wintertime various opening hours
  • Swimming Pools
Grundarfjörður Swimming pool
A comfortable little pool in a prime location next to the campsite. Two hot tubs and a wading pool for children. Open Mondays - Fridays from 7:00 to 21:00 and Saturdays - Sundays from 10:00 to 18:00
  • Swimming Pools
  • Geothermal baths
Lýsuhólslaug/Lýsulaugar - geothermal bath
Lýsuhólslaug/Lýsulaugar is an extraordinary geothermal bath, filled with naturally hot mineral water. It is rich in green algae (chlorella) and various minerals and is thought to have a soothing and healing effect on the body. Open June - Mid August from 11:00 - 20:30
  • Camping
Grundarfjörður Camping Ground
A campsite with beautiful surroundings and a marvelous view, located next to the swimming pool. Wheelchair accessible bathroom with electricity for campers. Informationcentre for the campsite is at the swimming pool. Click here to see a map of the campsite
  • Hostels
Grundarfjörður Hostel
Grundarfjörður Hostel occupies a charming old house in a small and picturesque fishing village surrounded by amazing mountains. This small town is right in the middle of the magical Snæfellsnes Peninsula which makes it an ideal stopover from which to explore the surrounding area and points of interest. The legendary Snæfellsjökull glacier is only 20 minutes west, and the ferry to the West Fjords is 35 minutes to the east. The hostel is composed of two buildings facing each other. It has 102 beds, 3 kitchens, 3 bathrooms and 2 TV-rooms. High-speed internet connection is available. Bed linen and towels are available for a small extra fee that is not included in the price. Also private apartments available. Despite the relaxed atmosphere there is a multitude of activities and services available. The Hostel is a stone's throw from the swimming pool and a few minutes' walk will take you straight into the magnificent mountains surrounding the town. Other than strolling around and watching the boats land fish at the harbour, visitors can go golfing on one of the finest 9-hole golf courses in the country, horse-riding, bicycling, hiking, fishing, mountain-climbing, scree-running and swimming, or just hang out in the hostel garden with a cold drink and enjoy the all-night summer sun
  • Bed & Breakfast
Höfðagata Guesthouse
Höfðagata is the oldest bed & breakfast in Stykkishólmur. Only a short walk away from restaurants, swimming pool and other services. Accommodation in double rooms with shared facilities. Also one double room with private facilities and a small apartment. All rooms with deluxe mattresses. Fluffy towels and hygenic basics included. . . Hot tub and barbecue in the garden!
  • Camping
Ólafsvík Camping Ground
Located at the Ólafsvík municipal boundary. Toilets, shower, hot and cold running water, facility to empty waste tank and connection to electricity. The area is flat and with a fence around it. It is about 10 minutes walk into town and 15 minutes walk to the swimming pool. There are many good walking paths in the area. The camp site is operated by the Tourist information center that is located in town.. Rates 2016. Adults: 1.000 kr. Free for 12 years and younger.. Electricity: 500 kr
  • Hotels
  • Farm Holidays
  • Restaurants
Fosshotel Hellnar
Fosshotel Hellnar is everything people look for in a charming country hotel. The hotel is located right beneath Snæfellsjokull Glacier, a national park made famous in the novel Journey to the Center of the Earth. The glacier is said to be one of the seven great energy centers of the earth and has been attributed various mysterious powers. The Hellnar area is a true natural wonder, with Snæfellsjökull National Park, Djúpalónssandur and Dritvík close by. The area offers stunning lava arches and beautiful cliffed coasts where Orca whales are regularly spotted swimming in the ocean. . 39 rooms Restaurant and bar Free WiFi Free parking Breakfast included Hiking paths . Fosshotel Hellnar is part of Islandshotel hf
  • Camping
Stykkishólmur Camping ground
Stykkishólmur campsite is perfectly located next to Víkurvöllur golf course, only 5 minutes walk to swimming pool, supermarket, restaurants and all general services. At the Club house/Tourist Information Center you can pay the accommodation fee. The campsite is a wireless hot-spot. . Toilets - There are toilets in two locations at the campsite, in the service hut and in Clubhouse, including 14 toilets. Washbains (with cold & hot water) are situated in both facilities and there are taps to fill water cans. At camping site there is also facility to empty and clean car toilets. . Shower - 2 outdoor showers with hot water are in the new service hut. . Washing machine and dryer - available at the Club house/Tourist Information Center. This survice is not included in accommodation fee. Contact the warden for further information. . Information - wardens are at camping site from 8am - 10pm. . Electricity boards - situated in a few places on the area, available for campers. This survice is not included in accommodation fee. Contact the warden for further information. Rates 2016. Rates for adults : 1.300 Isk kr. Rates for children: Children at the age of 15 years old and below stay at no charge. Senior citizens and the disabled: 800 kr. Electricity: 800 Isk. kr. If you decide to stay for three days or more you can purchase a two day, three day, six day or a 1 week package at a lower rate. 2 dats: 2.000 3 days: 2.600 Isk. kr. 6 days: 4.800 Isk. kr. 1 week: 5.200 Isk. kr
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Apartments
Bed and Breakfast Bænir og Brauð
The bed & breakfast stands at Laufásvegur 1 on a hillside by the old town with a terrific view over the fjord and its numerous islands. All basic shops and services are located within a stone's throw. Stykkishólmur or "Hólmurinn" is a beautiful town with a rooted history. It is renowned for a unique small town cityscape, sea food restaurants and a beautiful natural setting. Within a few minutes walking distance from the bed & breakfast one finds a thermal swimming pool and shops as well as a fun golf course a short distance away. We have a variety of rooms to suit singles, couples, families and groups of up to 6. Kid's travel beds and cribs are available for children, as well as extra mattresses for larger groups. We have a variety of rooms to suit singles, groups and families. When fully booked we house 14 people, 18 when using all extra mattresses. All rooms have luxury bathrobes, fluffy towels and hygiene basics. We accommodate babies and small children and have both chairs and beds for the young ones. A recently renovated apartment on the ground floor. Entrance with wardrobe, a separate room with a double bed, private shower and bathroom. Fitted kitchen with utensils, pots and pans. Radio, TV and espresso machine. A seating area with four chairs. A convertible sleeping couch and room for extra mattresses. Free wireless internet, a huge patio for sunbathing, BBQ's, hot-tubbing or a relaxing afternoon
Stykkisholmur is beautifully-situated on the northern side of the Snaefellsnes peninsula. With beautiful and well-preserved old houses in the town centre. Stykkisholmur is also known as the gateway to the innumerable islands of Breidafjordur bay, which is renowned for its natural beauty and remarkable wildlife. The church in Stykkisholmur is interesting architecturally. It makes a beautiful landmark both from land and sea. The view from the church over Breidarfjordur is spectacular. Good swimming facilities, hot tubs with water with healing properties. Distance from Reykjavik City Centre: 172 km. Open wi-fi for tourists, hotels, youth hostel, bed and breakfasts, camping site, resaurants, cafés, museums, swimming pool, boat tours and a 9-hole golf course. Stykkisholmur boasts of exceptionally environmentally conscious directors and inhabitants and along with four other municipalities on the Snaefellsnes peninsula it is the first community in Europe to get the EarthCheck environmental certification. The town is operated in as environmental friendly way as possible continually measuring various environmental indicators. The town was also the first municipality in Iceland to start fully sorting its waste as well as the first town in Iceland to receive the prestigious Blue flag eco-label for its harbour, and has been an European Destination of Excellence (EDEN), since 2011. Stykkisholmur is a very beautiful town and is the largest one, situated on the northern side of the Snæfellsnes peninsula
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. Ólafsvík is a town on the northern side of the Snæfellsnes penisula, a charming village close to the magnificent glacier
Home to Mt Kirkjufell. Though Grundarfjörður is not the most well-known town in Snæfellsnes, its mountain is certainly one of the most famous mountains in Iceland, if not the world. It is not unusual for photographers from all over the world to make their way to Grundarfjörður for the sole purpose of photographing this unique landmark which has even starred in a number of films. Once the increasing number of visitors have had their fill of Kirkjufell, they quickly discover that there is a lot more on offer in Grundarfjörður than merely magnificent mountains. Nature abounds, with vibrant birdlife, spectacular waterfalls, great hiking trails and exciting marine visitors such as seals and whales putting in an appearance every now and then. During the long summer days, there are daily boat trips where visitors can go deep sea fishing, see puffins and other beautiful birds and perhaps even catch sight of a whale or two. Grundarfjörður is conveniently located in the middle of Snæfellsnes and provides easy access to Stykkishólmur, Snæfellsbær and the Snæfellsnes National Park. There is a great selection of accommodation available, with a high quality hotel and hostel, two guesthouses, a farm holiday guesthouse and a campsite by the swimming pool. The swimming pool with its hot tubs is just one of a number of exciting services around the town. There is also a golf course, a family restaurant, a hotel restaurant, a coffee shop, information centre, horse rentals, a pharmacy, a liquor store, a dry cleaning and laundry service and a well-stocked grocery store. Though most visitors to Grundarfjörður arrive by road, there are also thousands that come by sea. Grundarfjörður Harbour makes every effort to make a cruise ship's visit comfortable and memorable for passengers and crew alike and as a result the number of cruise ships visits have increased from 2 in 2001 to no fewer than 18 scheduled for this summer. During summer the town truly comes alive in a number of different ways. The local Viking Association are building up a Viking "village" in the centre of town and Viking-age re-enactments are often the highlight of the day for cruise ship passengers. During the town festival, Á góðri stund, which is held the last weekend in July, the town literally changes colour when inhabitants and their guests decorate their houses in red, blue, yellow and green and indulge in a range of activities for all the family, from art exhibitions to fighting Vikings to concerts on the pier. From Mt Kirkjufell to the sea, Grundarfjörður welcomes all its visitors equally. See you in summer!. Grundarfjörður is a quaint town in Snæfellsnes penisula. Next to Grundafjörður is the famous mountain, Kirkjufell

West Iceland

Towns & Villages

The population centres in West Iceland are as varied as they are many. Ten places have over 50 residents and Akranes is the most densely populated with 6,500 inhabitants. 

All of the larger communities put ever-increasing emphasis on dynamic tourism where a wide selection of recreation and services are offered.   

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Map Hellissandur, Rif Grundarfjörður Stykkishólmur Búðardalur Dalir Arnarstapi Hellnar Snæfellsnes Bifröst Húsafell Reykholt Borgarfjörður Hvanneyri Borgarnes Hvalfjörður Akranes Ólafsvík