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The triplets of West Fjords Peninsula, North Coast and East Coast of Iceland

If originally built up in a parallel way, the shape can become more and less identical. As can be seen, the two coastlines are identical up to a high level of details.

The strandir region overlapping the Eastern Fjords area of Iceland

To realize better what has happened, let us look at the two areas separately:

East Fjords area
The West Fjords rotated 48°

The overlapping is as perfect as possible, compared to having been subject to different circumstances for millions of years. No one would think of comparing these coastlines, unless first tracing the lines of tectonic drift. We can simply ‘play back’ the whole process according to GPS measurements of tectonic drift by tracing the vectors:

The East Fjords rotate, due to different velocity vectors for northern and southern parts. The Strandir region and East Fjords region are originated under similar conditions.

In addition, the Eyjafjörður and Tröllaskagi area can be compared with the West Fjord Peninsula, as by rotating Ísafjörður 24°.

The consistency is not only becuse it fits well, but because the rotation is half of that between the Strandir region and the East Fjord area. It is interestint to see how the Hornstrandir version of the peninsula east of Eyjafjörður has been removed by the Húsavík Fault System. It can also be seen that Arnarfjörður is narrower than Skagafjörður. It can be explained by the fact that for about a million years Skagafjörður was a volcanic zone taking part in the tectonic drift. Arnarfjörður is 6 km wide, compared with 16 km of Skagafjörður, which means that the widening of Skagafjörður during that period of time was close to 1 cm each year.

Comparison between these areas with basic explanations:

Adding the West Fjord Peninsula almost disappears into the North of Iceland, and the Tröllaskagi Peninsula has a very similar system of valleys as the Peninsula. Every detail and every piece of geological knowledge does add to the understandin of these geologically related areas.

The three West Fjord Peninsulas

This seems amazing, but how is all this duplicated? As usually it has to be traced with a lot of work. Look for instance at Lagarfljót, and how it resembles Ísafjörður and Eyjafjörður! Crazy!

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