small island called Hafnarholmi was attached
to the mainland by a landfill
for a small harbour
to shelter the small
fishing vessels of the inhabitants. It replaced
the old harbour of
the hamlet, which lies open to the sea. Bird
watchers are welcome to use the shelter down there.
The small, attached island is still
teaming with birds during the breeding season, fulmars, kittiwakes,
eider ducks, and puffins. In 1997 a staircase was built to make the
top of the island easily accessible for bird watchers and those who
might want to enjoy the view from up there.
Usually there is no access
during the month of May when the birds are nesting, but
in June and July, the access is limited to the daytime between
and 19:00. During August, access is unlimited. It is amazing how close
you can get to the birds up there. They do not seem to mind the
two-legged visitors at all.