Science Fair Project Encyclopedia
The fishing town of Stykkishˇlmur is situated in the western part of Iceland, to the north of the SnŠfellsnes peninsula. With its 1240 inhabitants, it is a center of services and commerce for the area. Most of the people make their living from fishing and tourism. A ferry goes over the Breiafj÷rur to the West Fjords (Vestfirir ).
The favourable position of the town was discovered rather early and in 1550 a trading post was founded at the site. Today, the most important employer of the town after the fishing industry is a convent of Catholic nuns.
The town was named after a small island in front of the harbour with the name Stykki (meaning the piece in Icelandic).
The contents of this article is licensed from www.wikipedia.org under the GNU Free Documentation License. Click here to see the transparent copy and copyright details