- The pearl of Eyjafjordur -
Hrisey lies in the outward reaches of Eyjafjordur and is the second largest island in Iceland, coming after Heimaey. It also comes second to Heimaey in its number of inhabitants.
The island is about 7.5 km long and 2.5 km wide at its widest point in the south. Hrísey narrows to the north, ending in a cliff which rises to about 110 m above sea level. Here, a lighthouse was raised in 1920 on the promontory known as Bratti.
The northern part of Hrisey, Ystabaejarland, is a privately owned nature reserve. Permission must be obtained from the landowner if you wish to pass through this area.
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.
The new impressive ferry, Saevar, sails between Hrísey and the mainland village of Asskogssandur at 1-2 hour intervals. The journey only takes about 15 minutes.