Greinasafni: Icelandic Times
Sailing with the birds into history in Breidafjordur Bay
    In Breiðafjörður fjord there are an vast number of islands, traditionally said to be uncountable, but officially numbered at about 2700 and they are famous for their teeming bird life. The area's astonishing wildlife is best observed by sailing amongst the islands where one can see sea birds, seals, dolphins and, with a little luck, an occasional whale, all in their natural habitat.
   
    Eyjasigling (Island Cruises) operates a 19-person leisure boat, Súlan, from Reykholar village in Breidafjordur bay. Scheduled trips to the magical islands in Skaleyjar and Flatey offer a breathtaking view of the rich bird life in the bay as well as a peek into the charming culture of these beautiful islands.
   
    Skáleyjar Islands and Flatey Island are the only islands in Breidafjordur bay which are inhabited throughout the year. The islands have the smell and atmosphere of old times when the farmers lived a self-sufficient life, raising sheep, collecting eggs from the eider ducks for food and hunting seals. Fishing was, and is, an important part of life in the islands. Flatey is maybe ʻthe island that time forgot.ʼ  Around the year 1100, there was a monastery on the island that became the centre of Icelandic literature. Flatey village is one of the oldest and best preserved in Iceland. It boasts some of the finest timber buildings in the country, beautifully restored and painted in beautiful strong colours, typical for old Iceland.

The Súlan departs from Stadur, a few kilometres from Reykholar village, to the islands. There, guests take a guided walk around the islands. The guide will enlighten you about life and existence on the islands both nowadays and in the past.

It is possible to go to Flatey Island directly from Staður in Reykholar or from Skaleyjar Islands.
   
   
Eyjasigling
Reykhólum
380  Reykhólahreppur
Tel: +354 849 6748 and in boat 854 1922

eyjasigling@eyjasigling.is
www.eyjasigling.is

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