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Akurey Island

Region: Reykjavik Area
Coordinates: 64.1717491° N 21.9727653° W

Akurey is the largest puffin colony in Kollafjordur fjord. The islannd er located less than 1km from the northern shore of Reykjavik city. Akurey island also inhabits cormorants, black guillemots and eider ducks.

According to documented sources this island was not inhabited in the past and confirmation of ownership prior to 1379, when it belonged to the Church of Vik, is not available. Its ownership is linked to grain crops cultivation. Skuli Magnusson, the governor of the country, on behalf of the church took the dispute of ownership with the farmer at Nes to court and lost. large eider colony and the people of Seltjarnarnes frequented good lumpfish grounds on its northern side. The first navigation marker near Reykjavik was erected there in 1854. Rabbits were bred there in the beginning of the 20th century. The municipality of Reykjavik bought the island in 1969 and after 1978 it fell within the limits of the town.

Puffins started nesting at Akurey again from around year 2000 after long period of absense.  Other inabitants of the island are black guillemots, fulmars, arctic terns and other species.

Sightseeing tours from Reykjavik Harbour include bird watching at Akurey.

WHAT TO SEE?
Nearby Akurey Island