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Basic data
State : IcelandIceland Iceland
Region: Vesturland
Constituency : Norðvesturkjördæmi
Sýsla : Snæfellsnessýsla
Population: 1674 (January 1, 2019)
Surface: 684 km²
Population density: 2.45 inhabitants / km²
Post Code: 355, 356 (Ólafsvík)
360 (Hellissandur)
Community number 3714
Mayor: Kristinn Jónasson
Address of the municipal administration: Snæfellsási 2
360 Hellissandi
Location of Snæfellsbær

Coordinates: 64 ° 54 ′  N , 23 ° 42 ′  W

Arnarstapi harbor, Snæfellsbær

Snæfellsbær municipality is located in western Iceland in the Vesturland region on the Snæfellsnes peninsula .

Church associations

On December 1, 2008 the community had 1,717 inhabitants. The largest settlements are the town of Ólafsvík (990 inhabitants), Hellissandur (401 inhabitants) and Rif (149 inhabitants).

The municipality was created on June 11, 1994 through the merger of the city of Ólafsvík ( Ólafsvíkurbær ) with the three rural communities Staðarsveit , Breiðuvíkurhreppur and Neshreppur . The rural community Fróðárhreppur was incorporated into Ólafsvík on April 1, 1990.

Northern parish


Ólafsvík is located a little northeast of the western tip of the Snæfellsnes peninsula and is now an important place for fishing and a trading center for the farmers in the area.



Rif is a fishing village on the northern western tip of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. It lies between Hellissandur and Ólafsvík on Breiðafjörður .

In the late Middle Ages, Rif was an important trading port. In 1467 Björn Þorleifsson , a wealthy merchant and administrator of the Danes, was killed by the English there. It is said that his wife then started a campaign of revenge, arrested over 50 Englishmen and had them work as slaves.

The area is home to one of the largest breeding grounds for the arctic tern .



The village of Hellissandur is west of Rif on the north coast of Snæfellsnes.


The Ingjaldshóll estate is located southeast of Hellissandur, there is a church.

Central municipality


In the center of the municipality of Snæfellsbær lies the 1446 meter high Snæfellsjökull volcano . From Ólafsvík in summer you can drive up the unpaved pass road F570 to the south, where you get quite close to the summit glacier and, if the weather is good, you have a good view of the coast on the south side. On the way there, some spring springs seem to spray hot water in the valley . However, these are only drill holes .

Around the Snæfellsjökull in the valley leads the now paved road No. 570 from Hellnar to Hellissandur.

Snæfellsjökull National Park

Snæfellsjökull National Park is located in the municipality between Hellnar (in the south) and Hellissandur (in the north) .

Southern municipality


The small town of Hellnar is located at the foot of Snæfellsjökull on the south side of the Snæfellsnes peninsula.


The small fishing village of Arnarstapi is located south of Snæfellsjökull on Snæfellsnes.


The Búðahraun lava field , which is under nature protection, and Búðir , a formerly important trading post, are located in the municipality of Snæfellsbær on the south side of Snæfellsnes.


The former rural municipality of Staðarsveit has merged into today's municipality of Snæfellsbær. Staðarsveit is located in the south of the Snæfellsnes peninsula between the Vegamot rest house and the Öxi mountain .

Population development

date Residents
Dec. 1, 1981: 2,050 (territorial status 1994)
Dec. 1, 1997: 1,732
Dec. 1, 2003: 1,742
Dec. 1, 2004: 1,717
Dec. 1, 2005: 1,743
Dec. 1, 2006: 1,702
Dec. 1, 2007: 1,703
Dec. 1, 2008: 1,717

Sons and daughters of the church

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