We leave Isafjörður harbour by boat and sail along the immense Djúpifjord to the island of Vigur. Here you can enjoy a 1.5 hour guided walking tour. About 2 km long and 400 m wide, Vigur is the second-largest island in Isafjörður Bay. Only one family lives on the island throughout the year.
Learn how the local population lives off the land, their livelihood being based on farming, collecting eiderdown and eggs, and tourism. Back in the day, when farming was the most important source of income, the island´s sheep were ferried to the mainland during summer so they would not disturb the precious eider ducks during their nesting period.
During summer, this tiny island is home to about 8,000 puffins, a large number of eider ducks, Arctic terns, guillemots and lots of other bird species.
Most of the houses are from late 19 th and early 20th centuries. The only surviving windmill in Iceland is on Vigur, owned and maintained by the National Museum of Iceland. Before we leave the island, you can visit the smallest post office in Europe and send a post card or two.
Refreshments will be served by the farmer's family in a mid-19th century house – the perfect way to complete your visit before returning to Isafjörður.