These moorlands cover a large part of the northwestern
The lakes there are considered to be
innumerable, like the mounds in the valley Vatnsdalur and the islands of the
Breidafjordur Bay. The moorlands are among the most beautiful and peaceful
parts of the country and many visitors spend unforgettable days there
camping and fishing.
Lake Char and Brown Trout are found in abundance in most of the lakes, some
of which are only accessible on foot or by 4wd vehicles. Historically, they
were fished year round and provided a valuable source of food during hard
times, sometimes preventing total famine.
The bird life in this area is rich and interesting. Also, people regularly
collected lichens for additional food here, especially when grain was
scarce. This is also a place where outlaws and vagrants found shelter in the
lava caves in times past.