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Waters Breiðafjörður
Land mass Iceland
Geographical location 65 ° 27 '13 "  N , 21 ° 40' 58"  W Coordinates: 65 ° 27 '13 "  N , 21 ° 40' 58"  W.
Gilsfjörður (Iceland)
width 4 km
depth 10 km
Tributaries Brekkuá, Kleifaá

The Gilsfjörður is one of the southern Westfjords of Iceland . It is an extension of the Breiðafjörður , which extends it in an easterly direction. It extends about 10 km into the country. Bitrufjörður is about 10 kilometers east on the east side of the peninsula.


The Vestfjarðavegur S60 crosses the inlet at a 3 kilometer dam and a 65 meter bridge (Year 1997) between Saurbær and Króksfjarðarnes. The Steinsdalsvegur runs along the south bank of the fjord T690and leads over the Steinsdalsheiði over a length of 29 km to the Kollafjörður .

Ice Age mussels

Fossilized shells from the Ice Age can be found on a slope above Saurbær high above the fjord . This is explained by the fact that in the interglacial as well as at the end of the ice age the glaciers melted and therefore the sea level rose briefly and the sea flooded the land. At the same time, however, the weight of the glaciers was gone, the land literally lighter, and soon it rose again from the sea.

Troll legend about the formation of the Westfjords

A folk legend tells that trolls are said to have dug this fjord, as well as the Breiðafjörður. The trolls dug here because they wanted to separate the Westfjords region from the main island and make it their own troll empire.

See also

Individual evidence

  1. Vegaskrá 2018 - kaflaskipt. Retrieved January 2, 2020 (Icelandic).