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.
It teams with puffins,
start around year 2000 nesting at Akurey after long period of time
black guillemots, fulmars, arctic
terns and other species, and sightseeing tours from
Reykjavik Harbour include bird watching there.
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