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Stykkisholmur

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Things to do: museums, nature, historic sites
Stykkishólmur is a town and municipality situated in the western part of Iceland, in the northern part of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. It is a center of services and commerce for the area. Most of the people make their living from fishing and tourism. A ferry called Baldur goes over the Breiðafjörður fjord to the Westfjords. It also is the gateway to Flatey.OverviewThe favourable position of the town was discovered rather early and in 1550 a trading post was founded at the site. Today, the most important employer of the town after the fishing industry is summer-time tourism.The town was named after a small island in front of the harbour with the name Stykkið (meaning the piece in Icelandic). The nearby mountain of Helgafell is the burial place of Guðrún Ósvífursdóttir, a heroine of the Icelandic sagas.The town's former library has been restored as a public hall and contains an installation by the American artist Roni Horn.The sports club of Stykkishólmur is called Snæfell (Umf. Snæfell), named after a glacier which is located on Snæfellsnes, called Snæfellsjökull. Their basketball team is one of the strongest in the country.Popular cultureIn the novel Red Storm Rising from 1986, Stykkishólmur was the site of a landing by American Marines tasked to liberate Iceland from occupying Soviet forces.
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