Langanes is a
large and long peninsula to the east of the Thistilfiord Bay. The
undulating landscape, 200-400 m high, gradually narrows to a sharp
point called Fontur. The highest mountain, Mt. Gunnolfsvikurfjall,
dominates the landscape on the Gunnolf's Cove. On top of
the NATO forces built a radar station, and operated it between 1954
and 1968. Its ruins commemorate Iceland's part in the history of the
Cold War period. Another radar facility was built there and
started operation in 1989. The coastline
was dotted with fishing outfits in the past and the biggest
concentration was Skalar, where a hamlet of 117 people developed.
During the fishing season, some 60-70 open fishing boat were operated
from there. The harbour there also became important for the rapidly
growing trade, but because of the
modernization of the fishing industry and difficult
communications, all farms and fishing outfits were
currents, the Gulf Stream, and a mixture of a small branch of the Gulf
Stream and the East Greenland Stream (Irminger Stream) meet off the
east coast and create excellent conditions for all kinds of fish
species and consequently very good fishing grounds. No one lives on
Langanes any more. A 4wd track lies all the way to the utmost point of
the peninsula. The weather conditions usually are windy and humid, but there are always fine days in-between.
often spend days on end at the densely populated bird cliffs watching
gannets, puffins, guillemots, brunnich's guillemots, black guillemots,
razorbills, kittiwakes, fulmars etc. One of the best places for
the observation of the gannets is Cliff Storikarl off the bird cliff
Skoruvikurbjarg. Other bird species colonise different parts of
the peninsula, such as the arctic terns near the farm Ytra-Lon.
Picture: Farm Heidarhorn.