Flatey, Breiðafjörður

Flatey
Flatey is an island of the western islands, a cluster of about forty large and small islands and islets located in Breiðafjörður on the northwestern part of Iceland.wikipedia
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Breiðafjörður

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Flatey is an island of the western islands, a cluster of about forty large and small islands and islets located in Breiðafjörður on the northwestern part of Iceland.
The most important of these islands is Flatey.

Flateyjarbók

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This library was once home to the Flatey Book, the largest of medieval Icelandic manuscripts.
Jon Finnsson, who resided on Flatey ('Flat Island') in the fjord of Breiðafjörður on the northwest coast of Iceland, was then the owner of the book which was already known as the Flateyjarbók.

Iceland

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Flatey is an island of the western islands, a cluster of about forty large and small islands and islets located in Breiðafjörður on the northwestern part of Iceland.

Ice age

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Flatey and its surrounding islands are, as a creation, believed to have forged from under the weight of a great glacier during the previous Ice age.

Icelandic language

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In terms of size, Flatey is some two kilometers long and about one kilometer wide, of which most is flat land (hence its name, meaning "flat island" in Icelandic), with scarcely any hills to be found.

Monastery

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In spite of this, Flatey used to be one of the main cultural centres of Iceland, with its no-longer existing monastery (founded in 1172) standing on the highest point of the island as its beacon of knowledge.

Ferry slip

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The island has only a single road, which leads from the ferry dock to the so-called "old village", which consists of some restored and traditionally-painted old houses of the island's original inhabitants.

Sheep

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There is, of course, also the old harbour, from where besides visitors and inhabitants travelling to and fro, the island's sheep are taken over to the mainland for slaughter.

Animal slaughter

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There is, of course, also the old harbour, from where besides visitors and inhabitants travelling to and fro, the island's sheep are taken over to the mainland for slaughter.

Puffin

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Besides sheep, most of Flatey's natural life consists of various kinds of mostly migratory birds, especially the puffin.

Church (building)

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Flatey also has a church, built in 1926.

Library

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This library was once home to the Flatey Book, the largest of medieval Icelandic manuscripts.

White Night Wedding

Brúðguminn
The bittersweet comedy, about the never-ending search for love and happiness, takes place in Flatey, Breiðafjörður, western Iceland.

List of islands of Iceland

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Vatnsfjörður

A boat trip to the island of Flatey on the ferry Baldur takes an hour.

Hjaðningavíg

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Sörla þáttr is a short story in Flateyjarbok, a collection of tales about Norwegian kings written by two Christian priests in the 15th century, owned by a family from Flatey island.

Barðastrandarsýsla

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Known places within the area are Flatey and Látrabjarg.

Brynjólfur Sveinsson

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Jon Finnsson (Jóni Finnssyni) of Flatey, Breiðafjörður, who owned the manuscript, was initially unwilling to give up his precious heirloom.