This bay is at the end of the large Jokulfirdir
Bays at the edge of the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve.
On both sides it is framed with precipitous mountains and steep
screes and at its southern end is Kjosarnes, where the next bay,
Leirufiord takes over.
In the middle of the southern coastline is Hrafnfjardareyri,
where the country’s most renowned outlaw, Mountain-Eyvindur Jonsson
and his concubine lived around the middle of the 18th
He lies buried in the fields and his grave is marked with a
crucifix and a flat stone with his name engraved.
A bit further inland is Skipeyri, where Irish and English
merchants traded until shortly after the turn of the 19th
The area around Heidingjaklettar (Pagan Cliffs), down by the sea,
is considered haunted and dangerous.
It is possible to walk below the cliffs during low tides, all the
way to the end of the bay.
Sheep from the Hornstrandir Area were transported from there to
the slaughterhouse in Isafiord in the past.
mountains Hvitserkur, Blafell and Hattarfell protrude above the end of
The first is dotted with Rhyolitic intrusions and snow covered.
Mt Blafell is flat on top, framed with precipice and stands up to
740 m tall.
River Skorara discharges Lake Skorarvatn and gets additional
water from the glacier Drangajokull
and runs on the southern side of Mt Hattarfell.
A hiking trail across the Skorarheidi Moorland to the Furufiord
Bay lies along the river, which was called River Gygjarsporsa in the
Book of Settlements.
Just north of the river is a 214 m high, rocky hillock called
Gygjarsporshamar, which is considered the larges trading post of the
elves in the Westfiord Area.
It is a small town with a church and all around are several elf
Always, when the steam vessels from the Asgeir Trading Company
arrived from Copenhagen in Hrafnsfiord, the elf vessels followed.
a young woman was travelling on foot over the Skorarheidi Moorland.
She was caught in a snowstorm and fought against the wind until
she lay down exhausted to die.
Suddenly she felt as if she lay in a soft, warm bed receiving the
This gave her strength to survive the weather and when it was
over she stood up to see, that she had sought shelter by the hillock of
Alfsstadadalur extends to the north from the bay.
Halla, Mountain-Eyvindur’s concubine, is said to be buried
The hiking trail to Bolungarvik in the Hornstrandir Area lies
through the valley.
This route is not properly marked and those who are not
thoroughly familiar with the surroundings should not attempt the trip
unless the weather is fine.