Tourist information

Hús Hákarla - JörundarHús Hákarla - Jörundar (Tourist office)

Norðurvegur 3
IS - 630 Hrísey
Tel: (+354) 695 0077

Hrísey is a peaceful island in the middle of Eyjafjörður, it is the second largest island in Iceland, after Heimaey in the south. The island is a well known paradise for bird watchers and the most abundant of all birds on the island is the ptarmigan. About 40 species of bird nest on the island. The northern part of Hrísey, is a privately owned nature reserve. Permission must be obtained from the landowner if you wish to pass through this area.

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.

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 equalled by few. A ferry connects Hrísey with the mainland by the village of Ásskógssandur. The journey only takes about 15 minutes. The time schedule varies according to time of year, for further information on ferry schedule

The second weekend in July a Family Festival has been held since 1997. 
In 2018  it is to be held on weekend of 13th-14th of July. During this weekend the islanders invite people to come and enjoy music, tractor trailer rides, among many other things.

The festivities begin Friday afternoon from 4.00 - 6.00 with coffee in several gardens where locals invite you to visit their gardens. At 6.00 there is a e adventure tour for kids and at 22.00 one for grown ups. The main festivities begin around noon on Saturday and go on into the night. There will be music, tastes of local food, orienteering, a playground, a trip to the beach with the world famous local clown and lots of other activity. In the evening there will be a program on the stage in the village centre, campfire and everybody joins in singing. The festival is free of charge.


This festival is first and foremost a family festival where everyone should find something to his or her liking. Scheduled ferry connects Hrísey to the village Árskógssandur, about 35 km from Akureyri. There are up to nine departures a day; each crossing is about 15 minutes. Here is the schedule for the ferry and all transportation to and from the island.



Overnight accommodation

Overnight accommodation in Hrísey Wave Guesthouse



Verbúðin: Restaurant,
Tel: 00354 - 467 1166 
From September 2nd only open on weekends. 

Hríseyjarbúðin - The Grocery store. 

Tel.: 00354 - 4661750. 

Opening hours from August 18th .

Mondays: 12:00 - 13:00 and 16:00 -  18:00 
Tuesdays: 12:00 - 13:00 and 16:00 -  18:00 
Wednesdays: 12:00 - 13:00 and 16:00 -  18:00 
Thursdays: 12:00 - 13:00 and 16:00 -  18:00 
Fridays: 12:00 - 13:00 and 16:00 -  18:00 
Saturdays:  13:00 - 16:00 
Sundays: 13:00 - 16:00 

Geothermal Swimmingpool.

Tel.: 00354 - 4612255.
Opening hours: 
Winter  (from 22.8):  

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays: 15:00 - 19:00
Fridays: 15:00 - 18:00
Saturdays and Sundays: 13:00 - 16:00
Mondays: Closed


The House of Shark Jörundur. 

In the oldest house on the Island a museum has been set up where you can learn about the history of shark fishing in Iceland and the story of Hrisey. The house was recently renovated and brought to its original state and as well as the museum, it also houses the Tourist information which is open 1pm - 5 pm from the start of June until the end of August.


Holt - Memorial Museum of Alda Halldórsdóttir. 

This was the home where Alda Halldórsdóttir was born in 1913 and lived and grew up with her mother and uncle. The house along with its interiors, shows in a unique way a typical working-class home of that era where the new and the old meet. There you can also find a variety of handicrafts and embroidery by Alda, along with old photographs of her friends and relatives. Alda bequeathed "Holt" to the Hrisey community after her death, in order for it to be used as a memorial of times gone by.


Walking around in Hrísey. 

Hrísey has a surface of approximately 11.5 square km. The island is approx. 7 km long and 2.5 km broad in the broadest place. North of the lighthouse is the highest point measuring  110m above the sea level. This highest point is named "Bratti" and from it there are rubble slopes towards  the sea.

Numerous man made embankments lie all over the island, the longest being almost 3km long.

These embankments are believed to be very old and some believe that they may have served as fences in the olden days. One assumes that these embankments save completely unique information, which one would receive, if archaeological investigations of them were undertaken.

The" leylines" on the island are by many considered to be a spectacular source of energy and many visitors as well as inhabitants feel that this raw energy of the earth "charges their battery" in a unique way. Any amount of power drawn from this source is absolutely free of charge

As most of the island is privately owned, the walking paths are located outside of this private part. Many birds nest on the island and because of the reservation of the wild fowl life we encourage visitors to keep to marked walking paths. At times it is possible to organize guided walking tours outside marked paths. Please feel free to contact us if this interests your group.

Hunting and/or killing birds in Hrísey is strictly prohibited but for those who want to watch birds there is a hut a little bit north of the village which is intended for birdwatchers.

There are three marked walking paths on the southern half of the island.  
The green path has an overall length of approximately 2.3 km. 
The yellow path has an overall length of approximately 4.5 km. 
The red path has an overall length of approximately 5 km. 
On these paths there is a great deal to see and many things to learn. A lot of signs along the path contain information on what meets the eye or tickles other senses.