Olafsvik

A round trip in the Snaefellsnes peninsula will sooner or later take you to Olafsvik village but there is little to see and less to do. PIC jonathanpercy

Even if the fishing village of Olafsvik, Bay of Olafur, was nice or beautiful it would still lose out to surrounding nature. Located in the shadows of one of the most recognizable symbol of Icland, the Snaefellsjokull glacier, Olafsvik will never be more than a sideshow. A forgettable sideshow.

That is very understandable when you consider that Olafsvik is and always has been a village of fishermen where what matters is catching fish rather than making visitors feel welcome.

For those intent on staying here a night or two there is a small golf course located here and naturally a heated swimming pool as in most towns in the country.

As for interesting sights these are pretty limited. A few nice waterfalls are found closeby. Especially nice is Baejarfoss waterfall in the eastern part of town. This waterfall is visible from most parts of town and thus easy to find. Five minute leisurely walk well get you to the base.

The church of Olafsvik is pretty nice and unique and worth a look inside. Do not be afraid to ask if closed and most likely the local priest will be glad to help out.

Also worth a quick peek is Pakkhusid, the Old Packing building, at Olafsbraut road. This is a museum of former times. Not horribly exciting but should you have interest in the history of this town this is stop number one. Coffee and cakes available and also a small store offering local artifacts. Only open in summertime. Here also is the official tourism office of the town.

Here also is a small Maritime museum located by the harbor. The museum is not very interesting apart from live fish in tanks. It covers the history of fisheries from Olafsvik. Also only open in summertime.

For sleeping there is the either choice of camping or taking refuge in Hotel Olafsvik. The hotel too is only open during high season. Thus in wintertime you will have to go elsewhere to stay. The hotel has been renovated but looks run down and unappealing but it has a decent restaurant.

De Facto

Olafsvik was the very first village in Iceland to receive a commercial licence from the then ruler of Iceland, the king of Denmark

Getting here

Buses go here from Reykjavik and Borgarnes every day. The other option is a rental car.

Our humble opinion

This is a drive-thru village if there ever was one. Little to see and less to do. Go elsewhere


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