We depart Isafjörður harbor by boat and sail along the immense Djúpifjord to the island of Vigur, where you enjoy a one-and-a-half-hour guided walking tour. A little more than one mile long and 1,300 ft wide, Vigur is the second-largest island in Isafjörður Bay. Only one family lives on the island year-round.
Learn how the local population lives off the land - their livelihood based on farming, collecting eiderdown and eggs, and tourism. Back in the day, when farming was the most important source of income, the island´s sheep were ferried to the mainland during summer so they would not disturb the precious eider ducks during the nesting period.
During summer, the tiny island is home to about 8,000 puffins, a large number of eider ducks, Arctic terns, guillemots and many other bird species.
Most of the island´s houses date from late 19and early 20th centuries. The only surviving windmill in Iceland is on Vigur, owned and maintained by the National Museum of Iceland. Before we leave the island, you can visit Europe´s smallest post office and send a postcard or two.
Refreshments are served by the local farm family in their mid 19th century house - the perfect way to complete your visit before returning to Isafjörður.