了解 Papey

The quiet and quaint island of Papey can be found off Iceland's east coast, in the municipality of Djúpavogshreppur. Roughly 2 square kilometres in size, with its highest point 59m above sea level, the island is famous amongst birdwatchers and nature lovers for its large colony of Atlantic Puffins and guillemot, and is a popular day tour destination for those looking for a break from the mainland. 

History

Aside from the bird population, Papey today is uninhabited. This has not always been the case, however. The name Papey derives from ‘The Papar’, an ancient Icelandic term for the Irish Christian hermits who narrowly beat out the Norse as the first men to settle Iceland. Papey Island, in fact, translates to “Friar’s Island” in Celtic. Two 12th century sources, as well as more recent archaeological digs, have confirmed that the Irish monks settled a hermitage on the island (though these excavations have done little to prove the island was inhabited before the 10th century.) Following the Norse settlement, it is accepted that the Papar were driven away from both Papey Island, and Iceland itself. 

In 1726, Papey’s minute population reached its peak, homing 16 people. For centuries, the island’s inhabitants had lived self-sufficient lives, tending small farmsteads and cattle herds, collecting the eider duck down, growing vegetables, hunting seal and sharks, and fishing the coastal waters. As more progressive times ushered the rest of Iceland into a new era, the inhabitants of Papey quickly found themselves too isolated. The final residents left the island in 1966. 

The island still resonates with the ghosts of this lost settlement. The oldest wooden church in Iceland can be found in Papey, having been constructed in 1807, alongside an automated weather station and a lighthouse.

附近的旅行资源 Papey

所有种类 50km 半径

附近的景点 Papey

Djúpivogur

Djúpivogur is a small coastal village located on the Búlandsnes peninsula, nestled between the picturesque fjord, Hamarsfjörður...

浏览

东峡湾

The East Fjords of Iceland is a 120 kilometre (75 mile) long stretch of coastline from Berufjörður, in the south, to the small fishing vill...

浏览

Breiðdalsvík

Photo above from Wikimedia, Creative Commons, by Christian Bickel Breiðdalsvík is a tiny hamlet in east Iceland, within the incredible val...

浏览

Stöðvarfjörður

 Wikimedia. Creative Commons. Credit: Christian Bickel.  Stöðvarfjörður is a small coastal village in East Iceland, sitti...

浏览

Fáskrúðsfjörður

Fáskrúðsfjörður (sometimes referred to as Búðir) is a coastal village in east Iceland with a population of 700 p...

浏览

Reyðarfjörður

Photo by Tristan Ferne. Wikimedia, Creative Commons.  Reyðarfjörður is a town of 1,102 people in the East Fjords of Iceland.  ...

浏览

Kistufell

Kistufell is a mountain in north Iceland, with a highest point of 1450 metres (4757 ft). Hiking and super jeep tours run up the mountain slopes. From...

浏览

Almannaskarðsgöng

Almannaskarðsgöng is a 1312m (roughly 1.3km) tunnel along Route 1, located near Höfn (Hornafjörður) in the eastern region of Ic...

浏览

Eskifjörður

Eskifjordur is a fishing town of roughly 1100 people in East Iceland. Along with Neskaupsstadur and Reydarfjordur it forms the municipality of Fjardab...

浏览

Stokksnes

Vestrahorn, on the Stokksnes peninsula in Southeast Iceland, is one of the country’s most breathtaking mountains. With peaks reaching up to 45...

浏览

Hornafjörður

Hornafjörður (“Fjord of Horns”) is a fjord, municipality and growing community found in southeast Iceland. The fjord takes its ...

浏览

Atlavik

Located in the east of Iceland, Atlavík is a small cove in Hallormsstaðarskógur forest, on the shores of the lake Lagarfljót....

浏览

Skriðuklaustur

Skriduklaustur is a culture and learning institute in the valley of Fljotsdalur in East Iceland. It is a historical site and home to the Gunnar instit...

浏览

Hallormsstaðaskógur

Wikimedia, Creative Commons, Photo Credit: Cristophe L Hess Hallormsstaðaskógur is Iceland's largest national forest, found in East Ic...

浏览

Óbyggðasetrið

Óbyggðasetrið, also known as the Wilderness Center, is a highland adventure hub which caters to those with a passion for the surroundin...

浏览

霍芬镇(赫本镇)

Photo by Emmanuel Milou Höfn is an Icelandic fishing town of just over two thousand people in south-east Iceland. It is the most significant set...

浏览

Hengifoss

Photo by Regína Hrönn Ragnarsdóttir. Hengifoss is a waterfall that runs from the river Hengifossá in the municipality of Fl...

浏览

Laugarfell

Laugarfell is a small mountain in the eastern part of the Icelandic Highlands, with a peak of 827 m (2,713 ft) above sea level. Environment and ...

浏览

Eyjabakkar

Eyjabakkar is an oasis in the East Highlands of Iceland.  This is Iceland's second-largest wetland, the largest being Thjorsarver, itself a ...

浏览

Neskaupstaður

Neskaupstadur, in the fjord Nordfjordur, is a fishing town of around 1500 people in East Iceland. It is the largest town of the municipality of Fjarda...

浏览

旅行团 Papey