Bird Watching in Flatey - Boat Tour in the Arctic Ocean - GE04
Sailing tour from Húsavík to Flatey "The Other"
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!