StykkishólmurCharming town located on Snæfellsnes peninsula
Hotel Fransiskus is located in the prestigious town of Stykkisholmur. The town is on the northern side of the Snæfellsnes peninsula, which lies on the western part of the country, only 169 kilometres from Reykjavík Capital.
Because of its location, Stykkishólmur became the centre for trade, transportation and services in Breiðafjörður area, early in Iceland’s history. Still, it’s an ideal destination for those who wish to explore the varied nature and people settlements in Breiðafjörður area.
The town can best be described as a collection of old but, recently renovated, charming houses. The charm comes from the cluster of wooden warehouses, shops and homes orbiting the town’s harbour. Most dated back to 150 years giving the town a charming old and colourful look.
Stykkishólmur – a town of culture
Stykkishólmur remains to this day the cultural centre of the peninsula Snæfellsnes. The ”Volcano House” offers an artistic representation of Iceland’s geology and the strong eruptive force in Iceland. The” Library of Water” by Rony Horn, is an outstanding example of nature mirrored in columns and a must-see exhibition.
One of the oldest and most interesting house in town is the “the Norwegian house“ or Norska Húsið in Icelandic. Being the heritage museum of the Snæfellsnes municipals, situated in the heart of the town, it shows a reconstruction of a 19th century home. It was built by a trader and an amateur astronomer Árni Thorlacius in 1832, the house has been skilfully restored and displays a special eclectic selection of local antiquities. On the 2nd floor you visit Árni’s home, an upper-class 19th-century residence, decked out in his original wares. Every summer the museum hosts various art exhibitions.
Stykkishólmur swimming pool
The swimming pool is very popular, it has both in- and outdoor pools, 3 thermal tubs, water slide and a small pool for the children. The water in pool is Fresenius certified water, claimed to have regenerative powers.
The Danish Days
Stykkisholmur has it’s own town festival called The ‘Danish Days’ and is held in the second week of August each year.
The puffin, the bird with the colourful beak, draws in travellers, so take an adventure boat trip out on bay of Breidarfjordur and explore the beautiful small islands and their unique landscape and birdlife. You might even see a glimpse of dolphins or bigger animal like whales.
The ferry Baldur sails from the harbour and takes you over to the Western fjords as well as being a gateway to the island Flatey.
The elegant structure of Stykkishólmskirkja is elegant and beautiful. It’s located right by the sea and is truly is unique. It was inaugurated May 6th, 1990 and is one of the main landmarks of the small town both from sea and land.