Papey Island could be called "Puffin Island" after the thousands of birds who make their home here. The now uninhabited island was once (it is said) home to a community of monks. Guides will tell you that the island may still be inhabited by the elusive spirits of the "hidden people." You can also visit the atmospheric 1800s church (one of the oldest in Iceland) and the lighthouse here. The trip from Djúpivogur takes about an hour and most tours spend about two hours on the island. Dress warmly as even on mild days it's very windy.
By Gretchen Kelly, AFAR Local Expert