Introduction

East of Rauðfeldsgjá, Rte 574 skirts the edges of an enormous sandy bay at Breiðavík (pronounced bray-tha-veek). The windswept coast, with its yellow expanse of sand, is wonderfully peaceful, though tricky to access. The pasture-filled region running along the coastal mountains from here east to Vegamót is considered one of the best places in Iceland for horse riding, and there are several stables of international repute.

On the eastern edge of Breiðavík, look for the placard telling the grisly tale of Axlar-Björn, Iceland's notorious 16th-century serial killer, who made his living in lean times by murdering travellers here.