northeastern peninsula is nameless, but its largest portion is nicknamed
“Sletta” short for “The Plain of the Arctic Fox”.
Its mountains rise up to 400 m above sea level.
In the west their structure is basaltic hyaloclastites and in the
east it is mixed with solid basaltic rock.
A reddish looking mound in the west, called Raudinupur, is
coloured by red scoria (slag) suggesting an extinct central volcano.
There the cliffs are teeming with seafowl, such as black and Brünnich’s
guillemots, razorbills, puffins and the northernmost colony of the
Most of the farms of the peninsula have been abandoned.
In the past the inhabitants practiced sustenance farming, fishing
Both the sea and the lakes abound and practical people survived
quite well there.
The country’s northernmost point is Hraunhafnartangi, just
about 3 km south of the
Hraunhofn (Lava Harbour) was frequented by arriving and departing
vessels during the Saga Period.
geological structure of “Sletta” is mainly solid ice age basaltic
rock (dolerite), and on top of it are swampy and tundra like areas with
lakes and mounds.
Valley “Blikalonsdalur” is a 20 km long, shallow depression
in the landscape depicting the remainders of a former Graben.
The western part of “Sletta” is dotted with lakes, ponds and
streams with well vegetated areas between them as well as totally eroded
mounds and hills.
The eastern part is much drier and dotted with somewhat vegetated
and tufted landscapes.
The last farmer in the area abandoned his property, Hrauntangi,
northernmost village of the mainland, Raufarhofn, is a diminishing
community on the eastern part.
During its hay day, it was among the most important herring
processing and export towns of the country and there are a few reminders
of that period still standing..