Drangey, Mythical Island Of Great Nature, Puffins And Mystical Stories

North Iceland is characterized by wide bays and deep fjords surrounded by mountains on two sides and long river-shaped valleys on the third. A region of diverse and incredible natural beauty, thundering waterfalls, dramatic canyons, scenic fjords, rivers, lakes and striking volcanic features, the North is Iceland in miniature. Photo: Drangey Tours

Drangey in Skagafjörður, North Iceland, is a tall island, reaching 180m at the highest peak. It has a flat surface, and even though the island is so tall and the cliff so steep, the climb up isn’t difficult. Some people that come on the tour are afraid of heights, but usually end up at the top anyway with a little encouragement. The great cliffs are full of seabirds, puffins in particular, and it’s a popular destination among Icelanders who make up for 40% of their guests.Locals from the area also visit the island to hunt birds and gather eggs, hanging from ropes from the edge of the cliff to gather eggs, using nets to catch birds. Seeking food in Drangey is a centuries old tradition, the additional food was very important to the survival of locals. Drangey is home to one of the largest puffin colonies in Iceland, and opposed to the dwindling numbers of puffins in South Iceland, the stock in Drangey is growing. Just watch your feet while walking on the island, as they dig holes to nest in unlike most birds. It’s only possible to visit the island in summer, so the tours are only available from May 20- August 20

A group of locals set out for Drangey Island last weekend to prepare it for summer, as winter storms often break up parts of the port and affect other structures. Drangey Tours, a small family owned company, tours every morning for Drangey during summer. Run by a father and son, their family has been sailing to Drangey for generations, the grandfather often referred to as the Earl of Drangey. The tours go every day at 10 am from Reykir, a few kilometres north of Sauðárkrókur, the biggest village in the area. Reykir is also where you can find Grettislaug geothermal pool, a favourite among locals. Grettissaga, a centuries old Icelandic Saga tells the story of outlaw Grettir the Strong who lived in the island and use to swim to Reykir every once in a while and supposedly bathed in the geothermal pool, named after him.

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