Hrísey lies in a blissful setting on the Eyjafjörður Fjord. To get to there, we drive along the coastline to the small town of Árskógssandur.
Discover a small, friendly island
We then take a short, scenic ferry ride to the teardrop-shaped island of Hrísey. The island has been inhabited since the settlement era and now has a population of 200. The environment here is lush and green. Hrísey's residents take pride in the appearance of their gardens and houses, which makes this small island very charming.
Explore by farm-style wagon
The islanders are very environmentally conscious and have long pursued a sustainable lifestyle. There will be a two-hour guided tour of the island, travelling by an uncovered farm-style wagon. The island has no bird predators and the birds are protected by law. This makes Hrísey an ideal sanctuary for the many different species of birds living here. For example, the ptarmigan, a kind of grouse, is often seen walking fearlessly on the streets - seemingly unfazed by the presence of humans.
On a clear day, Hrísey offers superb views of the ocean and the mountains that line the fjord. After the ferry ride back to the mainland, we walk over to the Kaldi Brewery for a visit and beer tasting, before heading back to Akureyri.