beautiful Whale Bay branches into the mountainous landscapes between the
points Akranes and Kjalarnes. It
is about 30 km (20 miles) long, 4-5 km wide, and quite deep (84m).
The innermost part is framed with steep mountains, dropping
almost straight into the sea, but further west are extended lowland
earlier times, large schools of fish entered the bay and in 1947-48 a
part of the so-called "herring adventure" took place there. The topographical name “Sildarmannagotur” (Herring Path)
reminds of the herring fisheries on the bay in the past.
Whales were also spotted on the bay, the last time in 1998, when
a family of killer whales was playing or seeking food in the Brynjudalur
Cove. The names of the bay,
the highest waterfall of the country,
Glymur, the table mountain
Hvalfell and Lake Hvalvatn are derived from the legend about the red
headed whale “Raudhofdi” (Redhead).
is an abandoned farm on a headland on the Whale Bay in
A small lake there is constantly supplied with trout and char
for the anglers, 9 hole golf course and kayak rental during the summer
who enjoy their stay in that lovely area only a stone's throw away
from the main road (1).
were two main trading posts on the bay during the centuries
merchants, who frequented them, probably also traded in the
Parliamentary Plains during the sessions of the parliament.
In 1402 a sailor called Whale-Einar brought with him and his crew
the most deadly and disastrous epidemic, the bubonic plague, ever brought
to the country. About one
third of the population died as a result.
allies (England and The United States) built bases on the headland
Hvitanes, Litlisandur and Midsandur. Some of the barracks are still standing at Midsandur.
The bay was an important station for the convoys from England and
the States on their way to Murmansk during the Second World War.
The Americans built a pier on the northern side of the bay, which
was later used by the whaling vessels of the Hvalur ltd after the
whaling station had been built. Remainders of an other pier at
Hvitanes are still standing as reminders of the Second World War.
One of the interesting Sagas of the country, The Hardar
Saga, has it s main stages of events on the tiny island Geirholmi in
the proximity of the whaling station and elsewhere in the vicinity