Breiðafjörður Bay

 

Separating the rural Westfjords from the southern part of the country, Breiðafjörður Bay is the second largest fjord in Iceland, about 50 km wide and 125 km long. One of the bay’s most spectacular highlights is the magnificent mountains surrounding it, including Snæfellsjökull glacier.                                

 

Lying in Breiðafjörður Bay are many, mostly uninhabited islands. The only one “inhabited” year-round is Flatey. (During winter, only two families stay on the island, but each summer the island’s population increases significantly, when people return for vacation or to work in the tourist industry that blossoms annually.)

 

Flatey is known for its unique architecture; the oldest house on the island was built in 1840 and the houses in the old part of the island are painted in an unexpected and colorful paint making the island unique.

 

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