The village Hellissandur was once a major fishing centre and had approximately 60 seasonal
fishermens huts in the year 1700 and one of those has been restored and stands proud
today. In The Maritime Museum, the oldest existing rowboat in
Iceland (1826), is on exhibited. Rif was one of the most important commercial ports on
Snaefellsnes until the river Holmkelsa changed its course and ruined the harbour. The
harbour has since been rebuilt and many fishing boats call here and the fish is processed
in various places in the Snaefellsbaer town.
Large artic tern colonies are near the village. The tern is a much favoured
bird in Iceland not the least due to how aggressively this small bird
defends its breeding grounds, even adults can be scared off.
Hellissandur and Rif merged
with Olafsvik, Arnarstapi and Hellnar, and the new community is called Snaefellsbaer, where the tourist trade
developes rapidly in the immediate
proximity of the National Park Snaefellsjokull.
32 km < Hellissandur
9 km, Grundarfjordur