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The dominant tour operator in Stykkishólmur is Seatours, Smiðjustígur 3 (tel. 433-2254; www.seatours.is), and their most deservedly popular offering is a 2-hour cruise called the Viking Sushi Adventure (departures daily May 15-Sept 15; 7,090kr, free for children under 15). Breiðafjörður's endless islands, abundant birds and seals, and unusually strong tides are encountered aboard a 120-passenger catamaran with a serviceable restaurant. Nets are dropped overboard so that passengers can slurp the celebrated local scallops straight from the shell. For travelers based in Reykjavík, Reykjavík Excursions (tel. 580-5400; www.re.is) and Iceland Excursions (tel. 540-1313; www.icelandexcursions.is) incorporate the Unique Adventure Tour into bus tours of Snæfellsnes, while Eagle Air (tel. 562-4200; www.eagleair.is) cruises into bus tours of Snæfellsnes, while Eagle Air (tel. 562-4200; www.eagleair.is) combines the tour with aerial sightseeing.

Bird-Watching -- Breiðafjörður has 65% of Iceland's rocky shores and 40% of its mudflats, attracting a rich concentration of seabirds, waders, geese, and -- the most coveted sighting of all -- white-tailed eagles. The free, informative brochure Birdlife in Breiðafjörður is easily found in Stykkishólmur. Flatey Island and Seatours' "Unique Adventure Tour," for 7,900kr, are sure to please bird-lovers. Seatours also schedules 3-day nature cruises of Breiðafjörður, departing from Reykjavík, with 2 overnights on Flatey.

Sea Angling -- Seatours (tel. 433-2254; www.seatours.is) leads 2-hour fishing trips for 4,400kr ($70/£35), with daily departures from May 15 to September 15. Seatours also rents fishing equipment for casting from the pier.

Kayaking -- Breiðafjörður's countless islands and shallow waters are kayak heaven. Seakayak Iceland (tel. 690-3877; www.seakayakiceland.com) leads various excursions from Stykkishólmur; a half-day excursion is 6,000kr ($96/£48).

Whale-Watching -- Whale-watching tours depart from Ólafsvík.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.