The boundaries of this area follow the centre of
The Whale Bay to the peninsula Kroksfjardarnes on the Breidafiord Bay further north. The landscape is variable, mountains, ranges,
volcanoes, craters, lava fields and valleys and the second largest lowland area of the
country. The area belongs to the old, western basaltic region. The geothermal activity is
the greatest in the country. There are many places of interest and historical sites. The trades are based on
the fisheries, fish processing, industry, farming
and tourism and unemployment is at its minimum.
This part of the country is the richest in
Saga literature and is connected with an abundance of Sagas, such as The Book of
Settlements, Gunnlaugssaga, Hardarsaga Njalssaga,
Laxdaelasaga, Egilssaga, Eyrbyggjasaga, The Greenlander Saga and the Gislasaga.
The communications within the area
are reliable and road #1 passes through it towards east. Recreational possibilities
are quite good.