Information about Hólmavík

The small town Holmavik is the largest settlement of Strandir region in the Westfjords. It has a population of about 375 people (as of 2011) and serves as a center of commerce for the region. 

Fisheries and tourist services are the mainstay of the economy of Holmavik, as well as farming in the countryside surrounding the town.

n the past, the Strandir region was famous/notorious for witchcraft and the town features the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft, well worth a visit. You might also want to check out the town's oldest house, built in the 19th century and now home to the excellent coffeehouse/bar Café Riis.

About 12 km from Holmavik is a Sheep Farming Museum where travelers can learn about the history of Icelandic sheep farming and enjoy a nice cup of coffee and local bread cakes at the caféteria.

The surrounding area is charming and ideal for hiking. The peaks of Kalfanesborgir in particular give a good view of the area. Well-known people born in Holmavik include poet Stefan fra Hvitadal and musician Gunnar Thordarson (Hljomar, Trubrot).

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Attractions nearby Hólmavík

Drangsnes

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Bjarnarfjörður in Strandir

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Westfjords

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Illugastadir

Illugastaðir farm can be found on the west side of the Vatnsnes Peninsula. The area has truly stunning views of the eastern Westfjord coastline&nb...

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Húnaflói

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Vatnsnes

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Hvammstangi

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Hvítserkur

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Guðrúnarlaug

Guðrúnarlaug, or "Guðrún’s pool," is a pool with naturally hot water in West Iceland.  The pool has over...

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Drangajökull

  Drangajokull is Iceland's northernmost glacier. It lies above the Hornstrandir peninsula in the Western Fjords. The glacier covers 160-20...

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Borgarvirki

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Hrolleifsborg

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Hóp Lake

Lake Hop is a tidal lake in North Iceland. It is the fifth largest lake in the country and popular for fishing. The lake is situated around 35 km fro...

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Öskjuvatn

  Oskjuvatn is a large crater lake in the Askja caldera in the Dyngjufjoll mountains, north of Vatnajokull glacier. Oskjuvatn is Iceland's s...

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Blönduós

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Vigur

Vigur Island, half an hour’s boat ride from Ísafjörður in the Westfjords, is famous for its enormous colony of birdlife. Species...

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Kolugljúfur

  Photo by Regína Hrönn Ragnarsdóttir Kolugljúfur is a gorge that contains a waterfall in north Iceland. It is relati...

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Hestfjörður

Hestfjörður (translated to “Horse Fjord”) is a fjord in Westfjords, near Vatnsdalur valley, Bolaskógur forest and Hat...

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Búðardalur

  Budardalur is a village of around 650 inhabitants in the fjord Hvammsfjordur, innermost off Breidafjordur. It is the service center for the ar...

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Leifssafn

The Leifssafn museum in Budardalur village in West Iceland features the Vinland Exhibit of viking and explorer Leif Ericsson. The exhibitio...

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Tours near Hólmavík

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Drive Iceland's most remote and rural areas on this incredible eight-day tour. You'll see a......

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14 Day Budget Self Drive Tour | Iceland's Ring Road & the Westfjords

See the whole of Iceland and visit the Westfjords with this affordable two-week package. You’ll......

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