Hrísey is a peaceful island in the middle of Eyjafjörður. The island is a well known paradise for bird watchers and the most abundant of all birds on the island is the ptarmigan.

We recommend a walk along one of the 3 marked routes ranging from 2.3 km to 5 km (the routs take about 1 hour to 2.5 hours easy walk) or simply stroll through the village and visit the local museum or handicraft store. If you get hungry, visit the restaurant or the village’s local store.

Tractor trips are also very popular (for groups only). There you can enjoy a sightseeing tour of the island with a tractor. On the tour, you sit in a cart pulled by a tractor through the village and surroundings. The guide informs about the island’s and the village’s history. The trips are guided and must be ordered in advance. Duration approximately 40 minutes.

There are about 200 inhabitants on the island, living in a trim fishing village with paved streets, tidy gardens and a view of the surrounding mountains which can be equaled by few. A ferry connects Hrísey with the mainland by the village of Árskógssandur. The journey only takes about 15 minutes


The Energy Zone
The Eastern area of Hrísey is said to be full of energy and is considered to be the second most powerful area in Iceland after Mt.
Snæfellsjökull Glacier.

The energy is transferred to Hrísey from the stunningly beautiful Mt.
Kaldbakur across the fjord.
Here you can sit down and enjoy the scenery while inhaling positive and relaxing energy.

Whale watching from Akureyri
The departure place, Hofsbót is in the city centre and only 200 metres from the main cruise pier.
Eyjafjördur is the longest fjord in Iceland and greatly sheltered with high mountains on both sides.
PilotNot compulsory but, available if ordered in advance
Tidal movement1,7 m
Air draft
TugboatsAvailable if ordered in advance
Type of bottomGravel / Mud
Minimum depth10 m
Pilot channel12
Emergency channel16
Medical emergency112
ISPS approvedn/a
Ship tendersn/a
Crew facilitiesn/a
Shuttle servicesNo
Excursion busesYes, if ordered in advance
Public transportationYes, if ordered in advance
Rental carsNo
Terminal building for passengersNo
Tourist informationNo
Local currencyISK
Currency exchangeNo
Internet accessNo
Guide serviceNo
City mapsNo
Public telephonesNo
City centre50 m
Airport1 km

Contact info

Visiting addressPort of Akureyri, Fiskitanga, 600 Akureyri
Contact personMr. Pétur Ólafsson
Mobile+354 861 2884
Fax+354 460 4209