Hólmavík is the largest town in the Strandir region, an area with an exciting and tragic history of witchcraft, witch-hunting and sorcery. Inhabitants in the countryside surrounding Hólmavík live mostly on sheep farming, while economic activity in town revolves around the fisheries and the service sector.
The Museum of Sorcery & Witchcraft takes visitors on a tour into the mystical world of the supernatural. The history of witch-hunting in 17th century Iceland is presented at the exhibition as well as various aspects of magic from more recent sources. A second part of the exhibition is in Bjarnarfjörður, 30 kilometres from Hólmavík. Next to Hólmavík there is also the Sheep Farming Museum, an entertaining exhibition dedicated to the Icelandic sheep and sheep farming.
Visitors will find all basic amenities, and more, in Hólmavík. Accommodation of various kind, a camping ground, restaurants, a newly built swimming pool and a good Tourist Information Center that serves the hole area. A golf course and a horse rental can be found just outside the town.
Hólmavík is reacheble from Reykjavík by bus two to four days per week, depending on seasons. There are also two to three busses per week between Hólmavík and Ísafjörður.

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Hólmavík
GPS Points N65° 41' 58.883" W21° 41' 5.834"
Postal codes

510

Population

506

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Victor Örn Victorsson / Strandahestar / Horse Rental
Tour Operators
  • Víðidalsá
  • 510 Hólmavík
  • 862-3263
Hólmavík Golf club
Golf Courses
  • Hafnarbraut 18
  • 510 Hólmavík
  • 892-4687
Svaðilfari
Travel Agency
  • Laugarholt
  • 510 Hólmavík
  • 456-4858, 869-4859
The Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft Museum
Museums
  • Höfðagata 8-10
  • 510 Hólmavík
  • 451-3525

Others

Steinhúsið guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Höfðagata 1
  • 510 Hólmavík
  • 856-1911
Hólmavík Camping Ground
Camping
  • Jakobínutúni
  • 510 Hólmavík
  • 451-3560

Others

Midhus
Farm food direct
  • Miðhús, Kollafirði
  • 510 Hólmavík
  • 451-3340, 663-4628
Husavik
Farm food direct
  • Húsavík
  • 510 Hólmavík
  • 451-3393, 845-8393
Café Riis
Cafés
  • Hafnarbraut 39
  • 510 Hólmavík
  • 451-3567
The Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft Museum
Museums
  • Höfðagata 8-10
  • 510 Hólmavík
  • 451-3525
N1 - Service Station
Cafés
  • Höfðatún 3
  • 510 Hólmavík
  • 451-3107
Nature
Kálfanesborgir

the hike to Kálfanesborgir above Hólmavík is quite short and easy. The hike starts at the camping ground and there is a trail that leads you to a small cairn on top of the hill. This cairn is called Háborgarvarða. From this spot you can enjoy the view over Steingrímsfjörður and Grímsey island. This spot is also perfect to take pictures or to rest a bit for the journey home. When you walk again into Hólmavík you can either go the same route, or you can make it a loop by walking towards the ocean on the other side until you reach the old mainroad. This road will then lead you towards the town again and you'll find your way.

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Bjarnarfjordur

Near to Steingrímsfjörður and thevillage of Hólmavík, you find Bjarnarfjörður fjord, on Route 643, in the municipality of Kaldraneshreppur. Not many people live nearby, but four things mark this small fjord out as special: first the Gvendarlaug hot pool, the water in which was blessed by Bishop Guðmundur Góði Arason in the 1200s - today it is a protected national monuement. Second is the excellent Arctic char fishing in Bjarnarfjarðará river. Thirdly is Hótel Laugarhóll, a modern and comfortable country hotel with a swimming pool, a restaurant and a museum on site. And finally Bjarnarfjörður is home to the Sorcerer's Cottage, an offshoot of Hólmavík's famous Museum of Witchcraft and Sorcery.

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