Flatey, the most notable of all the islands in Breiða­fjörður. An official trading place since 1777.

A monast­ery erected there in 1172 was later moved to Helgafell.

In the early 19th century Flatey was in the forefront of progress and culture in Iceland.

There is a church there with a fresco by the contemporary painter Baltasar.

Old houses are well preserved on the island, which is now a popular tourist attraction.

The famous manuscript Flateyjarbók takes its name from the island.