Setting of from Isafjordur we enter a large fjord system, The Isafjardarjup. At the center of al these fjords lies their maker. Like a spider in its web, the glacier Drangajokull is sitting at just under 1000 meters and watches over its liquid counter parts below. The glacier once covering the land trapped the volcanos below. In this way, the magma below the ice formed the table mountains, now iconic to the area. After the retreat of the glacier the fjords where carved and are still being shaped by the fury of the North Atlantic. Drangajokull is no longer a calving glacier, and has terminal moraines at al its fjords. Making the navigation tricky at some spots.
Hornbjarg and its towering bird cliffs. It is home to many sea birds during the short and intensive summer. Razorbills, Guillemots, Kittiwakes and Fulmars are the main inhabitants. They are fair game for the Arctic fox and her cups. Always luring and risking their own lives to secure an evening meal. The walks up the cliffs are breathtaking. It gives a great view into the Greenland Sund and over the bay and mountains to the East.
After an exhilarating day of sailing on the Greenland Sund, Hesteyri offers a splendid anchorage. Onthe banks of this shallow fjord we find the remains of a small settlement. The old doctors house is converted into a dormitory and serves the best Icelandic pancakes. Further into the fjord an old chimney gives away the location of the old whaling factory. The Norwegians built the factory but did not run it very long. It was soon transformed into a Herring processing plant and in use until the late 1940’s. Hesteyri is not completely abandoned, the elves still have their throne overlooking the Westfjords. Glowing in the purple of the Lupine it is a truly magical place.
Outside of the fjord the cold East Greenland current collides with the warmer water of the Irminger current, a branch of the North Atlantic Drift. This attracts many large sea mammals like Finwhales, Seinwhales, Humpback whales and Minkey whales. The waters around North-West Iceland are very rich and make up for a diverse foot chain. Sperm whales are attracted to the squid feeding of the plankton. Killer whales come to feed of the large numbers of salmon, mackerel and herring. The nutritious waters also attract the many seabirds. Arctic, and long tail skuwa’s chase the Arctic terns and Kittiwakes. Puffins Guillemots and Razorbills dive for the sand eels.