cove is situated just east of the northern glacier tongue, which calves
into Lake Hvitarvatn. A spit
ofland almost closes its mouth and at the end of it is sunny and
sheltered area, where 84 species of plants thrive at an elevation of
420-440 m above
sea level (marsh cinquefoil, marsh marigold, wood
crane’s bill, angelica, stone bramble, birch, willow and juniper).
to a legend, an elderly man regularly brought a mare with a foal to
Karlsdrattur. He left the
foal on one side of the cove and took the mare to the other side.
Then he fastened a long net to the mare, let it swim across the
mouth of the cove to the foal, and held the other
end of the net rope. He then walked around the cove and caught
a lot of lake char every time.
Ruins of a fishermen’s’ shelter were found on the cove late in
the 19th century.
HIGHLAND ICELAND SAGA