Hiking Trails at Borgarfjörður Eystri


In 1996 a set of hiking paths, 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 paths. 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.


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 path that leads to the ruins of Kjarval's shepherds 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 paths and road tracks.


Afrétt, at the far end of Borgarfjörður, is a lovely slump, with an easy, marked hiking path 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

is a canyon 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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