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Stykkishólmur is a town and municipality inhabited by nearly 1200 people and situated in the northern part of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. It is said to be the capital of Snæfellsnes. Most of the people there make their living from fishing and tourism. The origin of Stykkishólmur can be traced to its natural harbor. The location became an important trading post early in Iceland’s history: the first trading post in Stykkishólmur is traced back to the mid-16th century, even before Denmark implemented the Danish–Icelandic Trade Monopoly (1602 – 1787). From that time trading has been at the heart of the settlement’s history. Stykkishólmur was the filming location for the popular film ,,The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”, portraying as a town in Greenland. There are nearly 2800 small islands on the Breiðarfjörður fjord between Stykkishólmur and the Westfjords, the second biggest fjord in Iceland. A ferry called Baldur goes over the Breiðafjörður fjord to the Westfjords. It also stops at Flatey Island that is the biggest Island there and inhabited by 6 people in total.
Every year on the second or third weekend in August, the people in Stykkishólmur celebrate the Danskir dagar (“Danish days”) festival, which honors the town’s historic connections with Denmark. The festival has been held every year since 1994.
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