Borgarfjörður Eystri

Borgarfjörður eystri is a short, wide fjord that leads into the Austfjarðafjöll mountain range, furthest north. Many of the mountains in the area are light and exceptionally beautiful in colour. It is believed to be one of the two largest rhyolite areas in Iceland. Basalt is also common. The town of Bakkagerði is situated on the coast of the fjord. The two major industries have long been agriculture and small boat fishing. The company Álfasteinn, which processes and creates objects out of Icelandic rocks and pebbles, is located in Bakkagerði, as is Kjarvalsstofa, a museum dedicated to the memory of renowned Icelandic painter Jóhannes S. Kjarval (1885-1972), who grew up in Borgarfjörður Eystri. On the edge of the town is Álfaborg, a unique set of cliffs reported to be the home of elves, including Iceland's Queen of the Elves. There are numerous accounts of elves linked to Borgarfjörður. Álfaborg is a protected site and there is a viewing dial at the top The cliffs have been declared a protected area. The small boats marina at Hafnarhólmi island has been awarded the Blue Flag. On the island and next to it are two viewing platforms for bird watching and excellent facilities for observing puffins. There is also a bird watching house in town.

 Hiking Trails in Borgarfjörður eystri:


In 1996 a set of hiking trails, called Víknaslóðir, was marked out in the district. A map with information about the paths, detailing 20-30 routes, was subsequently published. Víknaslóðir is considered to be one of the best-planned hiking areas in Iceland. Hiking is easy for at least ten days along marked trails. Consequently two five-day trips, through the northern and southern regions, are ideal. Diverse services for hikers are available, such as tour planning, accommodation, guiding, and shuttling of gear as well as two well furnished cabins. Food may also be purchased.


Which is situated next to the road to Loðmundarfjörður, is one of the most peculiar and beautiful mountains in Iceland. It is largely comprised of ignimbrite, which is light in colour. The side that faces are easily differentiated from the light-coloured ignimbrite and give them their unique appearance. The mountain is quite popular with hikers and it is easiest to hike into Gunnhildardalur valley and from there up along the mountain ridge. To descend it is easiest to follow the ridge to the northwest. The route is not recommended for those with a fear of heights.


Borgarfjörður eystri has a number of pleasant hiking trails. One of these leads up onto Kúahjalli and Hrafnatindur, above the town. It is best to hike along Bakkaá river and from there up to Hrafnatindur, which offers a magnificent view of the town and of Borgarfjörður. The hike continues along and down to Kúahjalli, and from there down to the Kjarval memorial at Geitavík. The hike takes around three hours, with an elevation of 350 m. Just above the memorial there is a trail that leads to the ruins of Kjarvals's shepherd hut, below Kúahjalli.


Is next to the south of Borgarfjörður. A very beautiful and easy day trip (12 km) is to hike there and back from Borgarfjörður. The route begins at the television broadcast mast at Ölduhamar and travels along Brúnavíkurskarð (350 m), east of Geitfell. A relatively steep hill leads down to the farmstead and the river must be waded or crossed on stones if hikers choose to go out onto the sand at the bottom of the inlet. This is recommended, as the coastline is highly unusual and colourful. The route then travels back along the inlet, on either side of the river, down to Brotagil. A footbridge crossing the river is located a short distance from there. From Brotagil the route travels along road tracks across Hofstrandarskarð (320 m). This hike takes 5-6 hours along marked trails and road tracks.


Afrétt, at the far end of Borgarfjörður, is a lovely slump, with an easy, marked hiking trail some three kilometres long leading to it. The route passes a beautiful lake, Urðarhólavatn. Exploring the slump is an enjoyable activity and the hike can thus be lengthened at will.

Innra Hvannagil

Canyon is in Njarðvík and can be accessed by car. The route leads from the parking lot some 100 metres up along a river, past a dyke which blocks the view of the canyon. From there, a magical world opens up. Stunning rock formations line the banks of the canyon and rapids lend the river a unique appearance at its bottom.

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