Oxarfjordur is the name of the big
bay between the peninsulas Tjornes and Melrakkasletta. It is about 30
km wide, but rather short. The Tjornes side is precipitous and then
flat sands, deposits of the glacial river Jokulsa, take over all the
way to the Melrakka-peninsula in the east. When the river is laden
with mud and sand the discolouration of the bay is obvious.
The northern part of
the country sometimes is engulfed in ice, when the ice flows from East
Greenland drift this way. Accompanying the ice, the polar bears, have
and still do create havoc and casualties and there are many stories
and legends about them.
The ample driftwood on the
northwestern, northern-, and northeastern coastlines
originates from the rivers of Siberia. It gets caught in the
Polar ice and drifts around the North Pole until it is released in
the right place and brought to Iceland by the East
Greenland- or Irminger Stream.