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Papey is an island located off the east coast of Iceland, situated in the Denmark Strait between Iceland and Greenland. It is an uninhabited island, with a total area of approximately 8.3 square miles. The island is characterized by its rugged, mountainous terrain and its numerous glaciers, which are home to a variety of bird species.

The island was historically inhabited by the Norse settlers who first settled on the island in the 9th century. The island was a major trading center between the Norse and the Icelandic settlers, and was also a popular fishing destination. The island was also home to a number of monasteries, which were instrumental in preserving the culture and language of the Norse settlers.

In the 18th century, the island was used as a penal colony for political prisoners. During this period, the island was home to a number of prisons, and was also the site of a number of executions.

In the 19th century, the island was used as a base for whaling operations. During this period, the island was home to a number of whaling ships and was also the site of a number of whaling stations.

In the 20th century, the island was used as an air base for the United States Navy. During this period, the island was home to a number of military personnel and was also the site of a number of air battles.

Today, Papey is an uninhabited island, but it is still home to a variety of bird species, as well as a number of historical sites. The island is also home to a number of archaeological sites, which provide insight into the history of the island and the Norse settlers who once lived there.

Excursion tips for a day in Papey

As a tourist in Papey Island, there are plenty of activities to enjoy in a single day. Here are some of the top things to do:

1. Hike the spectacular Rauðinúpa Trail – a 4.5 km trail that takes you from the north side of the island to the south, passing through beautiful meadows, rugged cliffs, and stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean.

2. Visit the small but charming village of Dýrafjörður, where you can explore the local shops and restaurants, or just take a leisurely stroll around the harbor.

3. Take a boat tour around the island to get a closer look at the stunning natural scenery, including the picturesque Papey Lighthouse.

4. Check out the Papey Island Bird Observatory, which is home to a variety of seabirds and other wildlife.

5. Relax on the beach at Sandvík, where you can swim in the crystal-clear waters or simply soak up the sun.

6. Enjoy a meal at one of the island’s many restaurants, or pick up some freshly-caught seafood from the local fishing boats.

7. Visit the Papey Island Museum to learn more about the island’s history and culture.

8. Take a guided tour of the island’s historical sites, such as the ruins of the old church and the remains of an ancient Viking settlement.

9. Spend some time exploring the stunning coastline and its many coves, inlets, and hidden beaches.

10. Enjoy some of the local cuisine, including the famous Papey Island Skyr, a delicious Icelandic yogurt.

Experience Papey with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Papey. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Papey

Papey Island has a temperate climate with mild winters and warm summers. In the winter months, temperatures range from -3°C to 5°C, with a few days of snowfall. In the spring, temperatures range from 3°C to 12°C and the days are mostly sunny. In the summer, temperatures range from 11°C to 16°C and the days are usually sunny and warm. In the fall, temperatures range from 4°C to 11°C and the days are usually sunny and mild. Overall, Papey Island has a mild climate with temperatures rarely dipping below -3°C or rising above 16°C, making it an ideal destination for year-round outdoor activities.

Cruise weather for Papey

Our weather forecast for Papey helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 17th 2024 Jul. 17th 2024 max: 13.8 °C
min: 7.1 °C
29.2 m/s
45.0 m/s
99.5 %
7.5 m
88.0 %
1,010 hPa
Jul. 18th 2024 Jul. 18th 2024 max: 9.4 °C
min: 6.9 °C
43.9 m/s
58.0 m/s
99.4 %
7.4 m
95.6 %
1,008 hPa
Jul. 19th 2024 Jul. 19th 2024 max: 8.3 °C
min: 7.2 °C
16.6 m/s
23.8 m/s
87.3 %
22.0 m
95.8 %
1,009 hPa
Jul. 20th 2024 Jul. 20th 2024 max: 9.1 °C
min: 7 °C
14.8 m/s
23.0 m/s
94.9 %
24.1 m
89.3 %
1,001 hPa
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 9.0 °C
min: 7.4 °C
34.7 m/s
46.2 m/s
85.2 %
21.7 m
87.7 %
997 hPa
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 9.7 °C
min: 7.6 °C
37.4 m/s
50.0 m/s
53.7 %
24.1 m
86.3 %
1,008 hPa
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 9.8 °C
min: 9.3 °C
39.6 m/s
46.4 m/s
94.7 %
16.6 m
92.7 %
1,007 hPa
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 10.0 °C
min: 9.5 °C
24.8 m/s
33.5 m/s
62.4 %
18.2 m
94.7 %
1,001 hPa
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 9.8 °C
min: 8.7 °C
15.8 m/s
20.9 m/s
72.0 %
16.2 m
94.5 %
997 hPa
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 10.0 °C
min: 8.3 °C
13.7 m/s
13.7 m/s
72.3 %
22.2 m
91.1 %
1,001 hPa
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 10.7 °C
min: 9 °C
11.5 m/s
12.2 m/s
46.9 %
24.1 m
86.3 %
1,011 hPa
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 10.6 °C
min: 10 °C
18.4 m/s
22.0 m/s
36.0 %
20.2 m
92.1 %
1,019 hPa
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 10.5 °C
min: 9 °C
27.7 m/s
38.5 m/s
99.7 %
21.2 m
92.8 %
1,015 hPa
Jul. 30th 2024 Jul. 30th 2024 max: 9.0 °C
min: 8.5 °C
33.5 m/s
50.4 m/s
98.2 %
12.8 m
94.8 %
1,006 hPa
Jul. 31st 2024 Jul. 31st 2024 max: 9.3 °C
min: 7.8 °C
30.6 m/s
37.8 m/s
96.7 %
20.5 m
92.2 %
1,005 hPa

Cruises to Papey

Would you like to travel to Papey on a cruise ship or would you just like to know when a certain ship will dock there? Here you will find an overview of the cruise ships that will be calling at the port of Papey.

Scheduled ship calls in Papey, Iceland
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Aug. 3rd 2024 Saturday, 3rd of Aug. 2024 Seabourn Venture 07:00 am 12:00 pm
Jun. 25th 2025 Wednesday, 25th of Jun. 2025 Seabourn Venture 09:00 am 01:00 pm

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