- Fishing Town -
The community Olafsvik developed centuries ago on a sinonymous cove. It offers a good natural harbour and rich fishing grounds nearby. The harbour was rebuilt and greatly enlarged in the 1950’s and since then Olafsvik is the most productive fishing town on the Snaefell's Peninsula resulting in thriving fish industry and related undertakings. In later years the tourist trade has grown rapidly and the town now offers a variety of accommodations and cuisine. Whale watching cruises, sea angling and glacier tours from Arnarstapi are very popular. There are many places of interest to explore in the vicinity and the nature of the latest national park Snaefellsjokull is a wonder of contrasts. An old and exceptionally well constructed wooden warehouse, which was built in 1841, is still standing and is the home of the local folk museum and the information centre. Olafsvik, Hellissandur, Rif, Arnarstapi and Hellnar have merged to form Snaefellsbaer with a combined population of nearly 1100 inhabitants.