October 5, 2022
Mountain Mirror in Onundarfjordur

The Fishing Village Flateyri

The village of Flateyri is in the fjord Onundarfjordur, about 25 kilometers from Isafjordur driving part of the way through a tunnel. Flateyri is a small fishing village and its history goes back to the 18th century and includes Norwegian whalers that started hunting for whales from Flateyri in the 19th century. The Norwegians built a factory, destroyed by fire a few years later just about the same time whaling stopped. Remains of the factory are still evident near the village.

Flateyri is located beneath high mountains and in 1995; a deadly avalanche struck the small village killing 20 of its inhabitants. After the avalanche, it was inevitable to build a gigantic avalanche protection to protect the village. Visitors can hike to a viewpoint on the avalanche protection for a view of the town and the fjord. 

The fjord of Onundarfjordur is a spectacular place to visit for hiking, walking on a sandy beach, to kayak in the beautiful surroundings or just to stop the car and relax. A visit to the doll museum in Flateyri is a fun way to pass time and visitors can pick up some local handcraft during the visit.