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Thursday, June 22, 2017

3 Jun 2017 - Iceland Day 9: Exploring Stykkishólmur Town

Before calling it a day after a long drive, we decided to explore Stykkishólmur, a town in the northern part of the Snæfellsnes peninsula.  First we drove to the harbour and across it is an island called Súgandisey.  In 1989, a road was built to connect the island to the mainland.
Súgandisey is a beautiful island with an elegant shape, tall and sheer with its basalt columns.  It protects Stykkishólmur harbour from the weather and waves, and is one of Stykkishólmur's most distinctive landmarks.
We took a short hike up the hill on Súgandisey to reach to the lighthouse.
Along the way, we can still see the remains of a hoist that was used to drag gas kegs up to the lighthouse, which converted to electricity in 1995.
As we got closer to the lighthouse, it got windier.  However, that did not deter us from taking our wefies.
We can actually walked all the way to the lighthouse.
At the lighthouse, we had a grand views across Breiðafjörður.
On the other side, we had a scenic view of Stykkishólmur harbour and town.
Stykkishólmur is a center of services and commerce for the area. Most of the people make their living from fishing and tourism.
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.
Norwegian House (below) is a regional museum of Snæfellsnes area.  It was built in 1832 and is the first wood-frame residence in Iceland, partially imported from Norway hence the name.
As it's getting late and started drizzling, we quickly returned to our car and went back to our apartment.

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