Your journey takes you north from Akureyri, following the shoreline of Eyjafjörður Fjord to the small town of Árskogssandur. From there, it is a 15-minute ferry ride to Hrísey Island, the second-largest island in Iceland,which lies in the outward reaches of Eyjafjörður.
There are about 200 inhabitants on the island, living in a fishing village with paved streets, tidy gardens and an unparalleled view of the surrounding mountains. Due to the absence of foxes, minks and cats, Hrísey is a veritable bird sanctuary, and all birds are protected here. It is a particularly well-known habitat for the ptarmigan, and for years has provided the setting for research on the life and habits of this comical, seemingly fearless bird, which can sometimes be seen strolling down the streets.
Hrísey offers superb panoramic views enhanced by its profound peace and serenity. Enjoy a two-hour guided tour of the island traveling by farm-style wagon, a traditional butrather unconventional mode of transportation. A visit to a lighthouse is also included.
Then after a ferry ride back to the mainland, stop at KaldiBjor Brewery (which means Cold Beer Brewery) for a beer tasting before returning to Akureyri.
Notes: Bird and wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed. The wagon ride is uncovered. Please dress for the day's weather conditions by wearing layered clothing with the outermost layer being waterproof. People with asthma or grass allergies should be aware that the wagon ride is throughareas surrounded by high vegetation.