Iceland: Flatey Island

The ferry to and from the Westfjords makes a short stop at a small island midway between the two peninsulas – the Flatey Island. The island is absolutely flat and literally means “flat island” in Icelandic. Although its permanent population is only 5 people, it’s history goes back to 12th century when the island was one of the main cultural centers in Island. By early 18th century, Flatey was a major trading center and even received a town status from the Danish crown. Nowadays, it’s mostly birdwatchers who come here for some rare bird species nesting here.