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Characterised by dramatic, 590-foot-high sheer cliffs, the island of Drangey was created by a 700,000‑year‑old volcano first mentioned in the Icelandic sagas as the home of an outlaw named Grettir the Strong. These days the island is a birdwatcher's paradise, home to thousands of seabirds, including puffins, guillemots, auk, gannets, kittiwakes, fulmar, ravens, and gyrfalcons. The island is usually reached via a three-hour boat tour from Reykir and visitors can hike along a manmade path to the top of the island, often getting up close and personal to local puffins and other birds. The boats also often visit the island’s natural hot spring and some of them offer fishing tours. Those who want to join the boat tour but not hike can admire the scenery from offshore.
By Paul Sullivan, AFAR Local Expert
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