Flatey Island is definately one of the jewels of Iceland. It is a place most people unfortunately ignore when they come to Iceland.
Flatey island is remote. It is one of the many islands in the bay of Breiðafjörður in the west of Iceland. The island is only regularly accessible by ferry. On thissmall island there isn´t excactly an abundance of accommodation. If you are going on a road trip to the Westfjords of Iceland, you can take the car with you on the ferry from the town of Stykkishólmur and make a stop in Flatey on your way to Brjánslækur ferry stop in the Westfjords of Iceland.
A trip to Flatey can also be fitted into your trip in the Snæfellsnes peninsula. After all, the ferry leaves from the town of Stykkishólmur there.
Flatey island is small so a few hours will go far in exploring this beautiful place.
Flatey island in popular culture
It is perhaps a stretch to say that the medieval manuscript Flateyjarbók (or the book of Flatey) is ´popular culture´. Since it contains many thrilling stories I give it honorable mention. It was preserved in Flatey during the late middle ages. Therefore it bears the name of the island.
Flatey is featured in the comedy White Night Wedding which directed by Baltasar Kormákur. It is also the scene of the chrime thriller The Flatey Enigma by the author Viktor Arnar Ingolfsson. This thriller is in the process of becoming TV series. Who knows, it may even rival Trapped in popularity!