Stykkishólmur

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Stykkishólmsbær
Stykkisholmsbaer map.png
Location of the municipality
Constituency Northwest Constituency
Region Western Region
Mayor Sturla Böðvarsson
Area 10 km2
Population 1,095
Density 109.50/km2
Number 3711
Postal code(s) 340, 345
Website stykkisholmur.is

Stykkishólmur (Icelandic pronunciation: [ˈstɪhcɪsˌhoulmʏr̥]) is a town and municipality situated in the western part of Iceland, to the north 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.

Overview[edit]

The 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 a convent of Franciscan Catholic nuns.

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 culture[edit]

Climate graph of 1880–1980 average air temperatures at Stykkishólmur

In 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.

The internationally famous chess champion Bobby Fischer was planning on moving to Stykkishólmur before his sudden death in early 2008.

Stykkishólmur was featured as one of the destinations in the 2013 movie, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.[1]

Climate[edit]

Stykkishólmur features a relatively temperate polar climate, with cool summers and winter averages warmer than cities much further south, such as Chicago, Milwaukee, Toronto, or Denver, due to the ocean currents moderating the climate.

Climate data for Stykkisholmur
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 10.2
(50.4)
9.8
(49.6)
10.0
(50)
12.0
(53.6)
16.6
(61.9)
17.9
(64.2)
21.0
(69.8)
20.8
(69.4)
16.2
(61.2)
13.5
(56.3)
11.4
(52.5)
10.7
(51.3)
21.0
(69.8)
Average high °C (°F) 1.0
(33.8)
1.6
(34.9)
1.7
(35.1)
4.4
(39.9)
8.0
(46.4)
11.1
(52)
12.8
(55)
12.4
(54.3)
9.2
(48.6)
6.0
(42.8)
3.0
(37.4)
1.6
(34.9)
6.1
(43)
Daily mean °C (°F) −1.3
(29.7)
−0.7
(30.7)
−0.8
(30.6)
1.6
(34.9)
4.9
(40.8)
8.1
(46.6)
9.9
(49.8)
9.6
(49.3)
6.7
(44.1)
3.9
(39)
0.9
(33.6)
−0.8
(30.6)
3.5
(38.3)
Average low °C (°F) −3.6
(25.5)
−2.9
(26.8)
−2.9
(26.8)
−0.6
(30.9)
2.6
(36.7)
5.9
(42.6)
7.8
(46)
7.5
(45.5)
4.8
(40.6)
2.0
(35.6)
−1.1
(30)
−3.0
(26.6)
1.4
(34.5)
Record low °C (°F) −16.0
(3.2)
−17.7
(0.1)
−19.0
(−2.2)
−16.0
(3.2)
−6.7
(19.9)
−0.8
(30.6)
2.0
(35.6)
1.2
(34.2)
−2.8
(27)
−8.0
(17.6)
−10.8
(12.6)
−14.8
(5.4)
−19.0
(−2.2)
Precipitation mm (inches) 67.5
(2.657)
68.9
(2.713)
71.7
(2.823)
52.9
(2.083)
33.7
(1.327)
40.2
(1.583)
42.0
(1.654)
51.7
(2.035)
56.6
(2.228)
80.3
(3.161)
66.8
(2.63)
71.6
(2.819)
704.6
(27.74)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm) 16.8 15.7 17.6 15.6 11.8 12.7 12.5 13.4 14.7 17.2 16.1 17.5 181.8
Source: Icelandic Meteorological Office [2]

Town festival[edit]

Every year the people in Stykkishólmur celebrate the "Danskir dagar" ("Danish days" in Icelandic) festival. This festival is held on the second or third weekend in August every year where the town's historic connections with Denmark are celebrated. This festival has been held every year since 1995.

Friendship towns[edit]

Stykkishólmur from the lighthouse
Stykkishólmur from the lighthouse

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Assisting the Daydreamer". Filminiceland.com. Retrieved 2013-12-27. 
  2. ^ "30 years average 1961-1990 for selected stations". Icelandic Meteorological Office. Retrieved December 4, 2012. 
  3. ^ Vänorter - http://www.orebro.se/2444.html:

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 65°04′30″N 22°43′30″W / 65.07500°N 22.72500°W / 65.07500; -22.72500