Bird Watching in Flatey in the Arctic Ocean | Flatey the Other | Wildlife in North Iceland

Bird Watching in Flatey - Boat Tour in the Arctic Ocean - GE04

Sailing tour from Húsavík to Flatey "The Other"

bird watching Flatey Husavik

Arctic Terns hold the world record on migratory flight

Flatey Island in North Iceland is a natural haven for birdlife with thousands of migratory birds. It is extremely rich and diverse. It therefore attracts many guests and locals alike each summer.

* Note! This tour is from Husavik harbour in Northeast Iceland.

28 900 ISK per adult

Children (7-12): 50% off

Children (0-6): Free

Total duration: 4-5 hours

Available: June - mid Aug

Departures: See booking system

Included: A specialized guide, safety overalls, and a little surprise from Húsavík's only winemaker.

Bring with you: Warm clothes, sturdy shoes.

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Description

On our way to Flatey Island, experience the beautiful surroundings of Skjálfandi Bay on board our RIB speedboats. Flatey Island is a natural haven for birdlife and is extremely rich and diverse. It therefore attracts many people and tourists each year.

bird watching Flatey Husavik

The colorful Eider duck

The island offers more than 30 different species of birds during the breeding season. Some of them are Atlantic Puffins, Common Eider, Arctic Terns, Black Guillemot, Cormorants, Fulmars, Kittwakes and many more.

We offer guided excursions through Flatey's beautiful nature. The island is home to the arctic tern and puffins, which you may watch up close. This is a unique opportunity to commune with nature. From Flatey we head back to Húsavík and sail by the awesome mountains of Vík. If Mother Nature is feeling generous, we may even be able to do some whale watching on our way back. Special arrangements are available upon request.

Flatey Island - in Skjálfandi Bay

“The other” Flatey island is situated in Skjálfandi Bay, approximately 8.7 kilometers from Húsavík, in northern Iceland. The name in Icelandic means "flat island". Its highest point is 22 meters high, and therefore its name. It is 2.5 kilometers long and 1.7 kilometers wide.

bird watching Flatey Husavik

From Húsavík to Flatey on board a speedboat

Flatey’s settlement never reached a large population. The highest number of inhabitants was in 1942, when there were 120 people. As other villages and cities in the mainland nearby grew, it was very difficult for Flatey to keep up, and emigration started. By the late sixties, the island was desert, except for its faithful population of migratory birds, who amount by the thousands. Now it is only inhabited seasonally, during summer. It’s a popular destination with bird watching enthusiasts and other travelers.

bird watching Flatey Husavik

The peaceful environment of the uninhabited island
of Flatey "The Other"

There are only a few buildings standing. The most relevant being the school built in 1929, the old church which was shut down in 1884, a lighthouse built in 1913 and rebuilt in 1963 and a radiotelegraph tower erected in 1931. The old church was replaced by a new one in 1960. The new church was previously situated at Brettingsstaðir in the mainland. It was dismantled and reassembled back in Flatey.

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In Húsavík there is a civic museum about culture and biology. Among other things, it shows a stuffed polar bear (arrived in Grimsey in 1969) and some ancient boats. Enjoy your visit!

bird watching Flatey Husavik

Arctic Terns hold the world record on migratory flight

bird watching Flatey Husavik

From Húsavík to Flatey on board a speedboat

bird photography Flatey Husavik

In the remote island of Flatey in the Arctic Ocean

bird watching Flatey Husavik

The colorful Eider duck

bird watching Flatey Husavik

The peaceful environment of the uninhabited island
of Flatey "The Other"

 

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