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Our 5 Favourite Icelandic Islands

By: Jenna
Posted in: Blogs, Iceland

Thinking about a day trip to one of the islands off the coast of Iceland? Here is a list of our favourites to explore. 

Viðey is the largest island in Kollafjörður, the bay off Reykjavík’s north shore. During the summer it can be a popular place to watch birds, but the winter has a very different type of attaction. On October 9, 2007 artist Yoko Ono unveiled her Imagine Peace Tower on Viðey, a tower of light projected into the sky from a white stone monument carved with the words “image peace” in several languages. 

Imagine Peace Tower

The largest of the Western Islands, Flatey is a popular spot for tourists in the summer months to view the island’s many well-preserved old houses and walk along the one road of the island. There are no cars on the island, making it peaceful and walkable. Furthermore, the island is home to a nature reserve and wildlife sanctuary. 

Flatey Island

Vestmannaeyjar, or the Westman Islands, is a stunning archipelago off Iceland’s south coast. All of the archipelago’s islands have evolved from underwater eruptions and Heimaey is the only populated island.  Mostly uninhabited, all islands are edged by steep sea cliffs that are home to millions of sea birds.

Westman Islands

Grímsey is the northernmost inhabited part of Iceland, located forty kilometres north of the mainland. It is a beautiful, rocky island that is crossed by the Arctic Circle.  The sun doesn’t set here during summer solstice, which gives the island a unique and magical atmosphere. 


Iceland’s second largest island, Hrísey, was originally established as a Viking settlement, and today is a protected natural area. It is also a breeding ground for over 35 species of birds, including ptarmigan and ducks, and is a great place for a guided tractor ride or a walk on one the marked nature trails. 

Post by: Jenna

Originally from New York City, Jenna Gottlieb made her first trip to Iceland in 2007, promptly fell in love with the island and relocated in 2012. She lives with her Icelandic husband in rural West Iceland.

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We'd love to give you the same amazing travel experiences as you read about in our blog! To visit the destinations and attractions mentioned in this post - and to discover a few new highlights along the way - check out these recommended Nordic Visitor tours.