Introduction

Iceland’s second-largest offshore island (after Heimaey) is the peaceful, low-lying Hrísey, easily reached from the mainland. Thrust out into the middle of Eyjafjörður, the island enjoys spectacular panoramas and is especially noted as a breeding ground and protected area for ptarmigan, as well as being home to an enormous colony of Arctic terns.

Tame ptarmigan frequent the village streets. From here, three marked nature trails loop around the southeastern part of the island and lead to some good viewpoints.