Introduction

The easternmost part of the large sandar region, Breiðamerkursandur is backed by a sweeping panorama of glacier-capped mountains, some of which are fronted by deep lagoons. Fjallsárlón is one such lagoon, and it's an increasingly popular alternative to busy Jökulsárlón, 10km further east.

Breiðamerkursandur is one of the main breeding grounds for Iceland’s great skuas. Thanks to rising numbers of these ground-nesting birds, there’s also a growing population of Arctic foxes.

Historically, Breiðamerkursandur also figures in Njál’s Saga, which ends with Kári Sölmundarson arriving in this idyllic spot to ‘live happily ever after’ – which has to be some kind of miracle in a saga.