One of the most important areas in the history of Iceland, Flatey is a remarkable place to visit during the summer months as the winter is too cold, but you won’t ever forget your time here. The island was a cultural hub for many centuries in medieval Iceland and was the creative and cultural capital of the country for many years after that but Flatey, named so due to the remarkably flat nature of the land, is undergoing something of a renaissance. Many Icelanders and foreigners have been buying second homes to be used as summer residences and as such the island is changing slowly.
Flatey is a wonderful place to explore and discover the numerous old relics of civilisations past, including many houses in ‘The Old Village’ that are wonderful examples of the antiquated Iceland style of architecture. The island is home to the smallest and oldest library in Iceland with one title, the Flatey Book, which is actually housed in the church. The island is an ornithologist’s delight and the fishing is wonderful due to the remarkable numbers of migratory fish present so you shouldn’t be wanting for fun but most people use their time here to explore this gorgeous island with ease.
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