BOAT TOUR OF VIGUR
Sightseen, From 1 to 3 hours walking, 52
In a nutshell
Good to know
A tour of the charming island of Vigur to discover its traditions, customs and crafts that continue to this day.
- Vigur, Isafjardardjúp fjord, birdwatching
- Ancient windmill
- 18th-century boat
- Viktoría House
- The smallest post office in Europe
- We will leave for Vigur, a beautiful island 2 km long and 400 metres wide - a green oasis surrounded by the blue waters of the Isafjardardjúp fjord, whose name derives from its harpoon-like shape.
- In spring, colonies of sea birds choose this island to nest on and, in the summer, it is easy to spot puffins, the bird symbol of Iceland, as well as swallows, guillemots and many other species.
- The island of Vigur is inhabited by a single family of farmers, who survive thanks to the presence of all these birds.
- Their life is regulated by the seasons and the birds' needs - for example, in spring they collect and clean the feathers and duck nests, which must be protected.
- In Vigur, some ancient cultivation methods have been maintained and here you will find the only Icelandic windmill, which was built in 1840 and remained active until 1917. It was used to grind the wheat which arrived from Denmark and has been perfectly preserved, just like the 18th-century eight-oar boat that is still used to take sheep to the mainland.
- The buildings on the island are quite ancient too, as they date back to two centuries ago. The Viktoría House was built in 1862 using wood processed in Norway and was restored in 1993 by the National Museum of Iceland.
- Before heading back, we will visit the smallest post office in Europe and maybe buy a few souvenir postcards.
Good to know
- Places on this excursion are limited. We recommend booking early.
- This excursion includes an English speaking guide.
- This tour is not recommended for individuals who suffer from sea sickness and those who have mobility problems.