This bay is the second largest one of the country. Its mouth is about 70 kilometres wide. Further inland it grows shallower and there the number of islands is considered innumerable. The islands have been counted and close to 2700 of them are somewhat vegetated, but this number does not do their total number justice. Many of those islands were occupied in the past and people living there never suffered such hardships and famine, which sometimes plagued people in most other parts of the country. There was ample fish in the ocean, seals, birds and eggs to be found on the islands and on many of them sufficient grazings for domestic animals. The tidal currents between the islands presented grave danger in the past.
Houses are still standing on many of the abandoned islands, most of which are maintained and still used during the summer. The bay and its islands are tightly connected with the Sagas and many of the cultural roots of the country lie there.
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Bildsey Island – Bjarnareyjar Islands – Brokey Island – Ellidaey Island – Fagurey Island
Flatey Island – Gjardeyjar Islands – Gvendareyjar Islands – Hergilsey Island – Hoskuldsey Island
Hrappsey Island – Hvallatur Island – Hvitabjarnarey Island – Klakkseyjar Islands – Melrakkaey Island
Oddbjarnarsker Island – Olafseyjar Islands – Oxney Island – Purkey Island – Rifgirdingar Islands
Saudeyjar Islands – Skaleyjar Islands – Stagley Island – Svefneyjar Islands – Svidnur Island
Thorisholmi Island – Vadstakkaey Island
Breidafjordur is on saga trail west Iceland
Breidafjordur Islands in Icelandic