Located in the North Atlantic, the Kingdom of Fyksland is an island nation with diverse landscape and geography that is compacted in an area of about 30,400 km². From the deep fjords on the western shore, to the turqoise lakes on the eastern plain, the mountainous landscape gives this volcanic island its beauty and character. Fyksland is about 1,270 km southwest of Iceland and 1,635 km west of Ireland, making it the western-most country in Europe. Situated halfway between Europe and North America, and with its vicinity to destinations such as Greenland and the Azores, Fyksland serves as an important transporation hub of the North Atlantic.
The lengendary beauty of fjords on the western shore rivals that of Norway and Iceland. The long arms of the fjords stretch miles into the snow-capped mountains and cut deep into the lush untouched forest. The fjords are the homes of the thriving traditional fishing industry. It continues to benefit from the rich variety of marine species found in the region such as salmon and whales. Suumala Fjord, one of the deepest and longest fjords on the island, enjoys its popular reputation among tourists from around the world.
The Kjotsä is a major mountain range on the island that divides the island's two geographic and climatic zones. Located on the west side of the island, the Kjotsä is covered with rich coniferous and broadleaf forests and magnificient glaciers. The Kjotsä stretches from the Jølantä to the Viske duchy ascending to 6,845 m at Mount Gørjarvik, its highest point. Beside snow-capped peaks, the range also features a few volcanoes and numerous geysers. Fortunately, most of the volcanoes have been inactive for centuries, but geological activities are still evident on the earth's surface in the forms of hot springs and geysers. Not only are they used for recreational purposes, but they also provide a clean alternative source of energy for the island.
The rolling grassland and highlands on the east side of the island are the home of the agriculture industries and cattle, sheep and dairy farming. Winding Rivers and streams from the Kjotsä provide the natural irrigation for these rich farmlands.
The island shares the cool temperate climate with other countries in Western Europe and Scandinavia. Wet, cool winters, and dry, warm summers are the characteristics of such maritime weather. Due to its southern location, ports on the southern half of the island enjoy unfrozen access all year round. The island occasionally encounters a number of North Atlantic storms every year, in contrast to the usual mild Fyksian weather.
Last Updated: 11/04/2004, 06:52:10 FST