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Large outlet glaciers make their mark on this area, and it is rare to find glaciers so close to settlements. Reindeer herds can be seen in the area, especially during winter and early spring, when they prefer to stay in the lowlands.

This area is extraordinarily rich in water due to precipitation and melting from the glacier Vatnajökull and making it pure, fresh, and sustainable. The town Höfn is known for its lobster, but you can also find locally grown vegetables, locally produced ice cream, and meat products. In the county, Austur Skaftafellssýsla dried dab and plaice are extremely popular. The plaice is dried, put on a stove, and baked on both sides. Next, it is rubbed between the hands, placed under cold water, and then plated. It was considered gentleman's food.