Located 15 minutes by ferry from Iceland’s northern coast in Eyafjordur Fjord, Hrisey Island is not only remote geographically but has less than 200 inhabitants. Much of the island is a dedicated nature reserve which supports some of the lushest vegetation in the entire country, and there are plenty of hiking trails across the flat moorlands, covered in purple heather and rich in birdlife.

As a settlement originally established in the 10th century, citizens still enjoy living the simple pleasures of yesteryear and invite you to do the same in a variety of activities including tractor-pulled hayride tours around the island, bird watching from a tiny hut north of the village, walks to the lovely lighthouse for breathtaking views of the Midnight Sun, and learning about the history of shark fishing at the local shark museum which is the oldest building in the community. It is highly recommended before leaving to sample the island’s signature dish, mouthwatering blue mussels drawn straight from the shining sea.