This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Hólmavík.
Located on the east coastline of the West Fjords, Hólmavík, Iceland, is the largest town in the Strandir region. Strandir, in the northwest of Iceland, was for centuries one of the most remote areas, and the locals had the reputation of knowing magic; the region was also used as a refuge for outlaws and criminals. Strandir region is sparsely populated. Only around eight hundred people permanently live there, whereas Hólmavík has a population of roughly four hundred.
Agriculture and farming are important for the local economy. Inhabitants in the countryside live mostly on sheep farming. The town of Hólmavík focuses on fisheries, services, and tourism. In summer, you come across tourists exploring the beautiful West Fjords. Most of the tourists get around by car, caravans, or camper vans. It is the easiest and most flexible way to travel around in the north of Iceland.
The unique landscape and unspoilt nature is the reason for many tourists to visit Strandir. In the south near Hrútafjörður, you can find low hills and grassland. In contrast to this, you face dramatic high mountains rising straight from the coast in the north near Hólmavík. There are many hiking options in the Strandir region, and the length and difficulty vary a lot, so get a detailed hiking trail map to guide you. The local tourist office provides further information for nature lovers. The hike to Kálfanesborgir is very recommendable -- it is comparatively easy and short and gives you a real impression on the beautiful landscape of the West Fjords. Once you arrive on the top of the hill, it is a perfect spot for relaxation and pictures.
You can find some hotels and guesthouses; Hólmavík, Iceland hostel options are a bit more limited. A campsite is available, as well, though the frequently changing and windy weather can be difficult to handle for camping tourists sleeping in tents. Your Hólmavík, Iceland hostel is a cheap alternative for travelers on a tight budget. However, keep in mind that the beds are limited, so if you want to stay there spontaneously, the chances are quite high that your Hólmavík, Iceland hostel will be booked out.
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