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Breidafjordur Islands

Region: West Iceland
Coordinates: 65.094863° N 23.9610523° W

About The Breidafjordur Islands

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.

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.

Bildsey Island

Bjarnareyjar Islands

Brokey Island

Ellidaey Island

Fagurey Island

Flatey Island

Gjardeyjar Islands

Gvendareyjar Islands

Hergilsey Island

Hoskuldsey Island

Hrappsey Island

Hvallatur Island

Hvitabjarnarey Island

Klakkseyjar Islands

Melrakkaey Island

Oddbjarnarsker Island

Olafseyjar Islands

Oxney Island

Purkey Island

Rifgirdingar Islands

Saudeyjar Islands

Skaleyjar Islands

Stagley Island

Svefneyjar Islands

Svidnur Island

Thorisholmi Island

Vadstakkaey Island

 

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