Yell Sound is the strait running between Yell and
Mainland, Shetland. Sullom Voeis an arm of Yell Sound.
It contains many small islands, which are sometimes included in the
North Isles, but the sound itself can be seen as the boundary.
Old Norsename was Alasund.Anderson, Joseph (Ed.) (1893) "Orkneyinga Saga". Translated by Jón A. Hjaltalin & Gilbert Goudie. Edinburgh. James Thin and Mercat Press (1990 reprint). ISBN 0-901824-25-9] Yell Sound gets a brief mention in the " Orkneyinga saga":
:"Earl Rögnvald... and the chiefs Sölmond and Jón with him... had a fine body of troops, thought not too numerous, and five or six ships. They arrived at Hjaltland (Shetland) about the middle of Summer, but heard nothing of Frákork. Strong and contrary winds sprung up, and they brought their ships to Alasund (Yell Sound), and went a-feasting over the country."
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