Hólmavík

Hólmavík is a very cute little town at the entrance to the Westfjords. It can be accessed via Route 60 then 61 if you’re heading north from Reykjavik, or Route 68 from the Akureyri direction (or if you miss the turn off Route 1 from Reykjavik!). Buses run, but only on certain days of the week, and the route from Hólmavík to Ísafjörður only runs in the summer months.

The are hiking trails around Hólmavík, both along the fjord and up into the hills behind the town, offering good views back down. Ask at the tourist information for a trail map of the Westfjords.

A highlight is The Museum of Sorcery & Witchcraft – Hólmavík has a history of witchcraft and this great little museum does justice to this. The most grisly item on display is the Necropants – the skin of a man from the waist down which creates magical trousers with some gruesome powers.

Considering the town only has about 500 inhabitants, it has a lovely swimming pool with 3 hot tubs, sports hall and sauna. The pool seemed to be busiest in the evenings as the locals came to relax and catch up after work, which gave the whole place a friendly feel. If you’re staying at the camp site, the pool is right next door. Beware that we found the camp site to be particularly rocky in places – thin, strong tent pegs are advised.