Rif, a village which was once the most important fishing and trad­ing centre on the Snæfellsnes peninsula. It is again gaining impor­tance with the recent building of a new harbour and the resultant growth in the fishing industry.

In 1467 English buccaneers killed the local gover­nor, Björn Þorleifsson, but his widow Ólöf took dreadful revenge.

This supposedly included getting the King of Denmark to wage war on Eng­land, making her the only Icelander to be responsible for a war between nations.

Björnssteinn, the stone where Björn was slain, can still be seen.

Near by there is a monument with information about the landing place at Rif which was used by fishermen in medieval times.