is the largest of the islands of the Breidafiord Bay and offered great
advantages. One of the
inhabitants, Jon Petursson (1584-1667), the falcon hunter, travelled
extensively as a young man and spoke German, Danish and English, which
was very uncommon among the farming population.
He was the pioneer in nursing the eider ducks and exploiting
their down for export. He
was a prolific man, had 30 children, the last of whom was born when he
was in his eighties.
Another inhabitant, Hans Becker, a Dane, was made the Lawman
of the North and the West. Among
the literature he left behind was an essay on the restoration of
Iceland. Remainders of an
ingenious corn mill, built by farmer Vigfus Hjaltalin, are still