This bay is the
second largest one of the country. Its mouth is about 70 kilometres
wide. Further inland it grows shallower and there the number of
islands is considered innumerable. The islands have been counted and
close to 2700 of them are somewhat vegetated, but this number does not
do their total number justice.Many of those islands were occupied in the past and people living
there never suffered such hardships and famine, which sometimes
plagued people in most other parts of the country. There was ample
fish in the ocean, seals, birds and eggs to be found on the islands
and on many of them sufficient grazings for domestic animals. The
tidal currents between the islands presented grave danger in the past.
Houses are still standing on many of the abandoned islands, most of
which are maintained and still used during the summer. The bay and its
islands are tightly connected with the Sagas and many of the cultural
roots of the country lie there.