Stokkseyri is a quiet and beautiful ex-fishing village by the south coast of Iceland with only 535 inhabitants. The village, which is part of Árborg municipality, is a little more than 60 km away from Reykjavik (50 minutes’ drive) and ideally situated for day trips to all the major places of natural beauty in the Southern Region such as Þingvellir, Gullfoss, Geysir, and Seljalandsfoss – a must see for everyone visiting Iceland.
Stokkseyri is known for its diverse birdlife and magnificent and beautiful shore typically characterised by alternating rocks and rapids, surrounded by back waters with thick shell sand bottom creating the habitat of various shellfish, conchs and crustacean.
Arts and culture thrive and workshops, studios, galleries and museums are found in many places, besides local handicrafts. For example, the Hunting Museum displays stuffed animals from all over the world, original and interesting stories of ghosts are being told at the Ghost Centre, and the Icelandic Wonders Museum, dedicated to Elves, Trolls and the Northern Lights, gives a glimpse of how elves and the hidden people lived.
Þuríðarbúð – the winter fishing hut of Þuríður Einarsdóttir (b. 1777, d. 1863), one of Iceland’s greatest fishing captains, or foremen, and notably a woman – has been reconstructed and turned into a museum. It represents well the housing conditions of men who went to sea to fish in previous ages. East of Stokkseyri is Knarrarósviti, the first reinforced concrete lighthouse in Iceland (built between 1938 and 1939) and the tallest building in the Southern Region. Close to the lighthouse is an old Creamery by Baugsstaðir farm, a local museum exhibiting outdated dairying equipment.
The much celebrated lobster restaurant Fjöruborðið (e. the Foreshore) is located in Stokkseyri, almost a stone’s throw away from the flat and a small store (selling bread, cheese, butter etc.) is also within walking distance. Various services are available in Selfoss town, 13 km away (10 minutes’ drive) from the village. In the heart of Stokkseyri is a small and cosy swimming pool with a slide, a wading pool, and hot tubs. The pool is open seven days a week during the summer and free of charge for children under 18.
Other recreational opportunities are also close at hand. For example, there are a few attractive marked walking paths in and around the village; kayaking trips suitable for all ages and all skill levels are offered by Langadæl which is nearby; one can angle for trout in Hraunsá River; horse rentals are easy to reach; and for those who are interested in animal life, sheep, horses and sometimes even cows are grazing right to the doorstep and the notable Flói bird reserve is in the vicinity.