Iceland Ring Road: a diversion to Hrísey Island

A slightly later start this morning meant we had time to see the sculpture by Jón Gunnar Árnason down at the waterfront before leaving Akureyi for the day.
sculpture-akureyi-harbour-13-feb-2017-1-of-1
It is a 35km drive to the little village of Árskógssandur where the ferry to Hrísey takes off every 2 hours in summer for the 15-minute crossing. On Sundays and holidays, it must be ordered and the ferry is less frequent in winter. While waiting for it in the harbour we spotted some Eider Ducks, a juvenile Black Guillemot, a Long-tailed Duck and starfish in the very clear waters.
eider-duck-2-harbour-at-arskogssandur-13-feb-2017-1-of-1
On the island, we met our local guide who showed us around the small community including the museum dedicated to shark fishing. We were given a sample of dried salt cod which I found too leathery but enjoyed the traditional fish and rye bread lunch. Ptarmigan nest on the island and in summer it is a good place for bird watching with several footpaths you can follow.
hrisey-from-ferry-13-feb-2017-1-of-1
Back on the mainland we visited the first microbrewery in Iceland which began in 2006 and sampled the varieties of Kaldi beer produced there.
kaldi-microbrewery13-feb-2017-1-of-1
It was then onto a farm where we met Icelandic horses and sheep.
farm-visit-13-feb-2017-1-of-1
icelandic-horses-farm-visit-13-feb-2017-1-of-1
icelandic-sheep-farm-visit-13-feb-2017-1-of-1
We were served slices of Marriage Cake which has a crumble-like consistency and is filled with rhubarb jam and were entertained by our guide from Hrísey who also turned out to be an opera singer. We heard a traditional Icelandic song and a rendition of ‘O Sole Mio’. On the way back to the hotel in Akureyi we debated whether conditions would be right to see the northern lights that evening.

4 thoughts on “Iceland Ring Road: a diversion to Hrísey Island

  1. Please let me know if you’re looking for a article writer for your weblog.
    You have some really good posts and I believe I
    would be a good asset. If you ever want to take some of the load off, I’d really like to write some material for your blog
    in exchange for a link back to mine. Please blast me an email if interested.
    Thank you!

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s