Hrísey

 

Hrísey is a small island in the north of Iceland - home to about 100 human residents and countless flying inhabitants, eider being one of them, but a total of roughly 40 species nest on the island. Our family purchased the northern half of the island in 1959 and declared it a sanctuary for all birds - a tradition that the family has kept alive ever since.

 

The family

Our family has systematically grown the island's ecosystem to an avian paradise, creating ponds, planting over 80.000 trees, and tending the existing flora and fauna we share the island with. This includes nurturing the eider, growing our harvest from under 100 nests to over 2,000 nests annually. Part of the family spends the summer in Hrísey, organizing and monitoring the yearly harvest and overseeing the wildlife.