|Population:||1674 (January 1, 2019)|
|Population density:||2.45 inhabitants / km²|
|Post Code:||355, 356 (Ólafsvík)
|Address of the municipal administration:||Snæfellsási 2
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.
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.
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) .
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 .
|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
- Guðlaugur Bergmann (1938–2004), hotelier and conservationist
- Guðmundur Bergþórsson (around 1657–1705), poet, Arnarstapi
- Erró (born in Ólafsvík in 1932), painter
- Dieter Roth (1930–1998), artist (resident in Hellnar)
- Ásgrímur Vigfússon (1758–1829) (= Ásgrímur illi), pastor of Hellnar
- Steingrímur Þorsteinsson (1831–1913), writer and translator, b. in Arnarstapi