Hellissandur

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Hellissandur
village
Old fishing houses in Hellissandur
Old fishing houses in Hellissandur
Location of the Municipality of Snæfellsbær
Location of the Municipality of Snæfellsbær
Hellissandur is located in Iceland
Hellissandur
Hellissandur
Location in Iceland
Coordinates: 64°55′N 23°54′W / 64.917°N 23.900°W / 64.917; -23.900
Country  Iceland
Constituency[1] Northwest Constituency
Region[2] Western Region
Municipality Snæfellsbær
Population (2011)
 • Total 544 (including Rif)
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)
Post Code 360
Website Official website

Hellissandur is a village and part of the Snæfellsbær municipality at the northwestern tip of Snæfellsnes peninsula in western Iceland.

Once an important fishing area, the village has recently experienced growth in tourism. The maritime museum has examples of the turf roof houses once common across Iceland, as well as marine engines and Iceland's oldest rowing boat (1826). According to the 2011 census, Hellissandur and nearby Rif have 544 inhabitants.

One of the points of interest near Hellissandur is the Snæfellsjökull glacier, made famous by Jules Verne in his Journey to the Center of the Earth. Just outside of the village, there is the northern entrance to the Snæfellsjökull National Park, which surrounds the western and southern sides of the glacier. Nearby is the 412 metre tall Gufuskálar radio mast, the tallest structure in Western Europe, located 2 kilometres westward.

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  1. ^ Political division
  2. ^ Mainly statistical division

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Coordinates: 64°55′N 23°54′W / 64.917°N 23.900°W / 64.917; -23.900