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Borgarfjörður eystri

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Borgarfjörður eystri is the most northerly fjord in the Eastern Fjords region. It is 4km across and 5km long and is very exposed to onshore winds, particularly north-easterlies. There is low-lying land along the coast and at the head of the fjord where there is a broad, verdant valley 8 km in length. The valley is surrounded by an imposing and colourful range of mountains, making Borgarfjörður one of the most beautiful settlements in the country. The mountains are some of the oldest in Iceland at 10-15 million years old and form the second largest area of the rock rhyolite in the country.

 

The village of Bakkagerði is a picturesque seaside village which is home to around 130 people. While most people live off fishing and agriculture, tourism is becoming increasingly important. The locals are also artistic by nature; the church has an altarpiece painted by Jóhannes Sveinsson Kjarval. Next to the village is the rocky outcrop Álfaborgin, or the Elves’ Castle, where the queen of the elves is said to live. A path leads to the top and there is a panoramic viewing disc to help hikers orientate themselves and identify the surrounding mountains. There is a range of accommodation in the village and activities to suit the whole family.

 

The area between Borgarfjörður in the north and Seyðisfjörður in the south is one of outstanding natural beauty. There is a network of well-marked hiking routes to suit all levels of fitness, from shorter routes for the whole family to longer routes for serious hikers. Access to the area is straightforward and the local authorities have developed a wide range of services including campsites, different types of accommodation, refreshments, museums, guiding services, travel planning and transportation.

 

The Borgarfjörður Tourism Committee has published a map for hikers.

The Committee’s website contains information on the area, including suggested itineraries, maps and a photo gallery. You can also find a list of services, words to songs, elf and ghost stories, a list of local place names and other nuggets of information about this unique area.

 

Borgarfjörður Tourism Committee’s website: www.borgarfjordureystri.is

 

 

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