Flateyri has a population of around 300 and is located on the coast of Onundarfjordur, south of Isafjordur in the Westfjords. The town has been a trading post since 1792, although its importance as such has decreased over the years. First and foremost, the village was a base for whale and shark operations. The vast majority of the population in town work in the field of fishing.
Flateyri offers travellers the opportunity to experience the quiet fishing village life and environment, and learn the history of fishing activities in the town’s museums. The village is also the perfect base for hiking trips to the mountains and fjords surrounding the village.
Things to do in Flateyri
The village has become a very popular destination for foreign sea anglers. The fjord also offers great opportunities for kayaking.
The old village bookshop has been turned into a museum where visitors can learn about the history of Flateyri while buying second hand books and visiting the old merchant’s home. An international doll museum and the popular Nonsense Museum can also be found in Flateyri.
Across the fjord you will find a white, sandy beach, a rarity in Iceland.
Accommodation is available at the hostel. Locals and visitors alike frequent a small shop, a restaurant/pub and a nice swimming pool with brand new outdoor hot-pots.
Check out our complete guide to the Westfjords.