Ólafsvík

Olafsvik village is on the Snaefellsnes peninsula, close to the glacier Snaefellsjokull.

Olafsvik has always been a fishing town, cause of its location and rich fishing grounds nearby. In the 17th and 18th centuries, commercial vessels sailed between Olafsvik and Denmark, and the village was one of the larger trading ports in Iceland. Olafsvik became a certified trading place, authorized by the Danish King and Danish authorities, in 1687, the first village in Iceland to do so. From the 1950’s Olafsvik has been the most productive fishing town in the Snaefellsnes peninsula.

The village is situated at the entrance of Breidarfjordur. The Pakkhus, an old warehouse, built in 1844, is now protected and houses a regional museum, with exhibits displaying working methods from ancient times and a centre for arts and culture. The town also features a small maritime museum, located by the harbour.

At the end of Baejargil gorge is the beautiful Baejarfoss waterfall. Snaefellsjokull National Park with its amazing nature is in the vicinity. At nearby Hellissandur is the tallest structure in Western Europe, the Gufuskalar radio mast, 412 metres high.

All the villages in the vicinity, Hellissandur, Olafsvik, Rif, Arnarstapi and Hellnar have merged and now form Snaefellsbaer municipality.