is one of the thousands of islands on the Breidafiord Bay and one of the
It was the most densely populated one during the centuries and an
official trading post during the Middle Ages. A monastery was founded
there in 1172, which made Flatey the most important centre of culture
and education of the country during its existence.
Even after the monastery was moved to Helgafell, just south of
the present village Stykkisholmur on the Snaefellsnes peninsula, the
cultural influence of Flatey did not diminish until the
middle of the
The church still standing in Flatey was built in 1926.
The inside of it is decorated by the artist Baltasar, a Spaniard
holding Icelandic citizenship.
hamlet, which developed on the island is mostly intact and the remaining
houses have been renovated and are occupied by their owners and their
families during summer
Nowadays the island is easily accessible by the car ferry Baldur,
which makes regular stops there on its way across the bay between
Stykkisholmur and Brjanslaekur.
Accommodations and a restaurant are available for visitors.
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