Flateyri has been a trading post since 1792 and saw its heyday in the 19th century when it was home to a fleet of decked vessels and the base for shark-hunting and whaling operations. The fishing industry has always been vital for the villages in the Westfjords, and in Flateyri the tradition of fishing has successfully been linked to tourism as the village has become a very popular destination for foreign sea anglers. The fjord also offers great opportunities for kayaking.
The old village bookshop has been turned into a museum where visitors can learn about the history of Flateyri while buying second hand books and visiting the old merchant's home. An international doll museum and the popular Nonsense Museum can also be found in Flateyri. Accommodation is available at the hostel or in self catering flats. A small shop, a restaurant/pub and a nice swimming pool with brand new outdoor hot-pots provide visitors with all the basic services.
Across the fjord you will find a white, sandy beach. Although the sea might be colder for bathing than most people prefer, the sand is great for building sand castles. This beach is actually the venue for an annual sand castle competition which attracts hundreds of participants every year, children and adults alike.

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Flateyri
GPS Points N66° 3' 0.976" W23° 30' 46.205"
Postal codes

425

Population

204

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The old book shop Flateyri
Museums
  • Hafnarstræti 3-5
  • 425 Flateyri
  • 699-3936
Iceland ProFishing ehf.
Guesthouses
  • Hafnarstræti 9
  • 425 Flateyri
  • 456-6667, 896-0538
Grænhöfði ehf.
Guesthouses
  • Ólafstúni 7
  • 425 Flateyri
  • 456-7762, 863-7662, 861-8976
International Dolls Museum
Museums
  • Hafnarstræti 4
  • 425 Flateyri
  • 456-7710, 866-4642

Others

Korpudalur HI Hostel
Hostels
  • Kirkjuból í Korpudal
  • 425 Flateyri
  • 456-7808
Iceland ProFishing ehf.
Guesthouses
  • Hafnarstræti 9
  • 425 Flateyri
  • 456-6667, 896-0538
Grænhöfði ehf.
Guesthouses
  • Ólafstúni 7
  • 425 Flateyri
  • 456-7762, 863-7662, 861-8976
Solvahus
Cottages
  • Hafnarstræti 13
  • 425 Flateyri
  • 860-6062
Guesthouse Holt
Guesthouses
  • Önundarfjörður
  • 425 Flateyri
  • 456-7611, 456-7783

Others

Vagninn Restaurant
Restaurants
  • Hafnarstræti 19
  • 425 Flateyri
  • 456-7751
Félagsbær Café
Cafés
  • Hafnarstræti 11
  • 425 Flateyri
  • 456-7676
N1 - Service Station
Cafés
  • Hafnarstræti
  • 425 Flateyri
  • 456-7878
Nature
Holt

Önundarfjörður is a particularly pretty fjord, even by Westfjords standards. This is partly due to Holt beach, which is a sweeping golden-sand beach and dune system which curls out into the fjord and is a bit likeSpainfor a few hot days of the year. The rest of the time it's a great walk and the dunes are a protected eider duck nesting area.

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