The island of Hrísey is rightly known as Eyjafjörður’s pearl of nature, and is renowned for its abundant birdlife. It lies out in the middle of the fiord and can be reached by the ferry, Sævar – a journey of about 15 minutes.
This small fishing village provides various services which will benefit the visitor e.g. a swimming pool, small guesthouse, restaurant, camping site, café and shop.
From the village, walking tracks fan out to many parts of the island, and for those who are less energetic, an entertaining itinerary could be the following: Sightseeing by tractor round the island, taking in a visit to the shark museum en route. This museum contains much valuable information on the shark hunting activities of yesteryear, as well as other details on the history of island life on Hrísey. On completing this tour, most people will then be ready to taste the island´s speciality, delicious mussels which melt in your mouth.
To get to Hrísey, first head in the direction of Dalvík, but before you reach the town, take the turning leading to Árskógssandur. The Hrísey ferry runs a scheduled service from Árskógssandur – and you can pick up a copy of this at any tourist information centre, most hotels or online.