When crossing Breiðafjördur Bay with the ferry Baldur from Stykkishólmur on Snæfellsnes Peninsula to Brjánslækur on Westfjords there is a possibility to stop-off at the charming island of Flatey where time literally stands still. Most of Flatey´s houses are from the 19th century so strolling about gives one the impression of traveling back in time.
In a charming way, it feels very much like a movie set. And so it is. Many movies are set on the island, most notably The Honour of the House based on a short story by Nobel Prize winner Halldór Laxness, and White Night Wedding, a movie by Baltasar Kormákur. In fact, Baltasar’s father painted the unusual altar piece in the island’s church, making it worthy of a visit.
More information about Flatey Island can be found online on page 304 in the Iceland Road Guide book, see the right corner of this page.