A peninsula, a mountain and a river, each with many names
Húsavík stands on the northeast corner of Skjálfandi Bay, which lies between Tjörnes in the east and a peninsula in the west that has two names, Gjögraskagi or Flateyjarskagi. On the peninsula facing Húsavík, there is a mountain that has three names, Bakrangi, Ógungfjall and Galti. What the mountain is called depends on where you view it from: the north, east or west. One of the biggest and best salmon fishing rivers in the country also flows into Skjálfandi Bay. It rises in Mývatn and flows 58 km to the sea. On this short route it has no less than three names, Laxá in Mývatnssveit, Laxá in Laxárdal and Laxá in Aðaldal.

Looking from Húsavík to Gjögraskaga or Flateyjarskaga, the mountain with the three names
looms in the middle of the picture.

Laxáin with three names, here Laxá in Aðaldal falling into Skjálfandaflói

Suður-Þingeyjarsýsla :  A7R IV : FE 1.8/135mm GM, FE 1.8/14mm GM

Photo & text : Páll Stefánsson