I think we have been to Hólmavík at least every other summer in the last 15 years. Additionally, we‘ve been there in the winter a few times. Hólmavík is just a very nice little village to visit. The population is only between three and four hundred but the few people who live there create a good atmosphere.
The main industry is fish and many small fishing boats sail from the harbor. It is also the service center to the surrounding countryside where farmers take their sheep farming very seriously. The camping site is very family friendly, located next to the swimming pool, which is very convenient. My husband once took an evening hike close to the camping site and saw a whale swimming close to the harbor. It was an amazing sight. I wish I had seen it too!
The Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft is located in Hólmavík. The main focus is on the sorcery and witch-craze in the seventeenth century and the witch-hunt that followed as well as Icelandic folklore connected with sorcery and witchcraft. It is quite a professional exhibition and very interesting. One of the main attractions is a zombie coming up from the floor, very scary and very real. Attached to the museum is a café that serves local delicacies. My daughters like to visit the museum every time we are in Hólmavík, even though it scares them a little.
I always like to visit the local handicraft market in Hólmavík. They have nice sweaters, mittens, shawls, as well as carved birds and seals that I really like. And the prices are good too.
How to get there:
Hólmavík is right by road no. 61.