Brokey, the biggest island in Breiðafjörður, off Skógarströnd, offering many advantages to the farmer. A flour mill was built there and driven by the tides, its remains still visible. One farmer, Jón Pétursson, falcon–hunter (1584–1667), had sailed the seven seas in his youth and was versed in English, German and Danish, rare in a farmer in those days. He encouraged an eider duck colony on Brokey, and was the first to clean eider down. He had 30 children, the last when over 80 years old. Another farmer was the Dane Hans Becker, made governor of North and West Iceland in the early 18th century.