Shore Excursion Details

Hrisey Island & Beer Tasting

Akureyri, Iceland

Hrisey Island & Beer Tasting


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Discover charming Hrisey Island and it's quaint fishing village that is home to a wide variety of bird species. Afterward, enjoy a tasting of local Icelandic beer.

Commencing from the pier, your journey takes you north from Akureyri, following the shoreline of Eyjafjörður Fjord to the small town of Árskogssandur. From there, you'll board a ferry and make the 15-minute ferry ride to Hrísey Island, the second-largest island in Iceland, which lies in the outward reaches of Eyjafjörður Fjord.

There are about 200 inhabitants on the island, living in a fishing village with paved streets, tidy gardens and an unparalleled view of the surrounding mountains. Due to the absence of foxes, minks and cats, Hrísey is a veritable bird sanctuary, and all birds are protected here. It is a particularly well-known habitat for the ptarmigan, and for years has provided the setting for research on the life and habits of this comical, seemingly fearless bird, which can sometimes be seen strolling down the streets.

Hrísey offers superb panoramic views enhanced by its profound peace and serenity. Enjoy a two-hour guided tour of the island traveling by farm-style wagon, a traditional but rather unconventional mode of transportation. A visit to a lighthouse is also included.

After your visit, you'll take the ferry back to the mainland, stopping at KaldiBjor Brewery (which means Cold Beer Brewery) for a beer tasting before returning to the pier in Akureyri.

Need to Know:

Note: There is limited walking on this tour; however, guests must be able to make their way on and off the ferry with limited assistance and be able to climb aboard the wagon in Hrisey. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not considered suitable for those with mobility concerns. Warm, layered clothing with a waterproof outer layer; cap; sunglasses; and flat, sturdy shoes are recommended. The ferry ride can be cold and the wagon ride is uncovered. People with asthma or grass allergies should be aware that the wagon ride will travel through areas surrounded by high vegetation. Those who are prone to motion sickness should take the necessary precautions prior to the commencement of the tour. Bird and wildlife sightings while likely, are not guaranteed. Participants must be at least 20 years old to take part in the beer tasting.

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Excursion Type:

Scenic & City Tours
Wildlife Tours

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Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
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