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  • The view-dial.
    The view-dial.
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  • The view-dial.
    The view-dial.
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    The water-tank.
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    The view-dial in Akranes.

    by Regina1965 Updated Apr 21, 2014

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    There is a view-dial in Breið in Akranes where the 2 light-houses of Akranes are located. It shows the names of the mountains in this area.

    The view-dial was erected in 2008 by the town council of Akranes and Faxaflóahafnir harbour. The designer of the view-dial is Jakob Hálfdanarson.

    Old trestles can be seen in some of my photos behind the view-dial. Here salt-fish used to be laid out on the ground to dry and the trestles are left as a reminder of that time.

    The view-dial in Akranes. The view-dial in Akranes. The view-dial in Akranes. The view-dial in Akranes. The view-dial in Akranes.

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    The view-dial in Borgarnes.

    by Regina1965 Updated Apr 21, 2014

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    There is a view-dial on Hrafnaklettur in Borgarnes, with information on the names of the mountains in the area around Borgarnes. I am always on the look-out of view-dials and I find the surroundings of this view-dial to be especially interesting.

    The view-dial is located on top of a cold water-tank. The view-dial is on a red pedestal with a white star in the middle. It is quite beautiful :)

    The view-dial was erected in 1983 by the Lions Club and Rotary Club of Borgarnes and the designer is Jakob Hálfdanarson.

    There are plates in each direction, north, west, east and south, with the image of the protectors of Iceland.

    The view from the water-tank is awesome.

    The view-dial. The view-dial. The water-tank. One of the 4 protectors of Iceland The view from the water-tank.

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    Mt. Akrafjall

    by Regina1965 Written Apr 21, 2014

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    The town mountain, as it were, in Akranes, is Mt. Akrafjall.

    Mt. Akrafjall is 643 meters high and seen from Akranes town it looks like two mountains joined together. On the west side of the mountain there is a valley, Berjadalur, or Berry Valley, with a river running through it, Berjadalsá river.

    One of the outlaws of Iceland stayed for a while in Mt. Akrafjall, Arnes Pálsson.

    The tallest top on the mountain is called Geirmundartindur. People hike on this mountain, either up to Háaknúkur which is 555 meters tall or to Geirmundartindur which is 643 meters high.

    Mt. Akrafjall Mt. Akrafjall The view-dial and Mt. Akrafjall.

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    Akranes - Breiðin and the light-houses.

    by Regina1965 Updated Apr 21, 2014

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    Breiðin is a special place in Akranes. It is the westest point of this lovely town. There are two light-houses by the ocean. The older one, which was built in 1918, is one of the oldest concrete light-houses in Iceland.

    The old light-house stands on a reef, Suðurflös rocks, but it is possible to walk up to it during the ebb.

    The newer light-house, which is 24 meters high, was built in 1946. The Kiwanis club in Akranes had the light-house restored in 1992.

    There was a terrible accident at sea here in 1905, when the 6-oar-boat "Hafmeyjan", the Mermaid, stranded by Suðurflöt rocks on its way from Reykjavík to Akranes. 11 young people drowned, 5 of them being brothers and sisters. They had been on their way home after working for the summer on the cutter Sigurfari. This is so sad :( A monument was erected for these 11 people, raised by the Kiwanis club in 1998.

    There used to be a farm here and I have seen pictures of when salt-fish was dried and stored in this area. The ground was covered with salt-fish.

    There is a beautiful view from here of Faxaflói bay. And a lot of birds. Even in winter time, while I visited the light-houses, there were flocks of birds here.

    There are some fantastic photo opportunities here, so don´t miss visiting the two light-houses, while travelling in this area.

    The old light-house and the Hafmeyjan monument. The newer light-house. The newer light-house. The older light-house. The older light-house and the Hafmeyjan monument.

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    Akranes - neigbouring town - Langisandur beach

    by Regina1965 Updated Feb 21, 2014

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    Akranes is the town closest to Hvalfjarðargöng or Whale bay tunnel, before you reach Borgarnes. There used to be a ferry, Akraborgin, crossing the bay between Reykjavík and Akranes, so I went here often just for the ride. The ferry stopped running in 1998 when the tunnel was opened. I miss it.

    There are ca 6.600 inhabitants in Akranes and fishing is the main industry in Akranes like in so many other towns in Iceland.

    There is a museum area in Akranes where one can see Kútter Sigurfari, which is a sailing ship made from oak. It was built in 1885 in England.

    Shortly after 880 two Irish brothers settled in this area, and there is an Irish festival here the second weekend in July every summer called "Írskir dagar" or "Irish days".

    There is a very popular beach in Akranes, called Langisandur, or Long sands. It is very different from the shore line in Reykjavik as the sands are golden here, they are black in Reykjavík. Here one gets the feeling of being in Spain, i.e. on hot sunny days. The ocean is way colder though than in Spain.

    But it is a beautiful area and the outside showers are hot, so there is a warm river leading to the ocean, which is so lovely.

    Langisandur. Langisandur. Langisandur. The toilets by Langisandur. Akranes and Langisandur.

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    The Settlement Centre - the Settlement Exhibition

    by Regina1965 Updated Feb 19, 2014

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    There are two exhibitions at the Settlement Centre, the Egils Saga Exhibition and the Settlement Exhibition.

    The Settlement Exhibition depicts the Settlement of Iceland until the establishment of Alþingi, the oldest Parliament in the world in 930. It tells the story of the Norwegian Vikings who came to Iceland and why they left Norway. And why our heritage is not only Norwegian but also Irish.

    It is a very interesting exhibition, which takes ca 30 minutes to complete.

    There are audio guides available in 9 languages.

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    The Settlement Centre - Landnámssetrið.

    by Regina1965 Updated Feb 19, 2014

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    There is an excellent exhibition in Borgarnes at The Settlement Centre (Landnámssetrið) which depicts one of the heroes of our Sagas - Egill Skallagrímsson in Egilssaga or The Saga of Egill.

    There are two exhibitions, one on the Settlement of Iceland until the establishment of Alþingi, the oldest Parliament in the world in 930, and the other on Egill Skallagrímsson, both of them equally interesting.

    Skalla-Grímur Kveldúlfsson was one of the Norwegian settlers in Iceland and had been ordered by his father, Kveld-Úlfur, to take up habitation in Iceland where his father's coffin would land. The coffin landed in Borgarnes and there Skalla-Grímur made a home and lived at Borg in Mýrar just outside of Borgarnes. His son was Egill Skallagrímsson (910-990), one of the most known Vikings and poets at this time. His story is depicted in The Saga of Egill.

    I read The Saga of Egill in college, so visiting The Settlement Museum was a good revision. The exhibition is excellent, it surprised me really how professional and well made it is. Some parts of it are almost scary.

    Opening hours: daily from 10:00-21:00.

    Admission fee: ISK 2.400. It is expensive, but so well worth it.

    Highly recommended when visiting this area of Iceland.

    At the Egill Skallagr��msson exhibition. At the Egill Skallagr��msson exhibition. At the Egill Skallagr��msson exhibition. At the Egill Skallagr��msson exhibition. The Settlement Centre, Landn��mssetri��.

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    Mt. Hafnarfjall - the Borgarnes mountain.

    by Regina1965 Written Feb 5, 2014

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    Mt. Hafnarfjall is the Borgarnes mountain, as it were. Borgarnes is north-west of the mountain, 4 km away across the bay.

    Mt. Hafnarfjall is 844 m high and has got very steep slides and rocks. It just looks like it is totally made of sand. StiIt is possible to hike up on the mountain, although I have not done that myself.

    Like so many mountains in Iceland Hafnarfjall is a part of a volcano which was active ca 4 million years ago.

    It can get really windy beneath the mountain and the jet streems and gusts there can blow cars off the road. Our car once broke down right beneath the mountain in pitch-darkness in storm and rain.

    Mt. Hafnarfjall Mt. Hafnarfjall Mt. Hafnarfjall Mt. Hafnarfjall.

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    Bjössaróló - playground.

    by Regina1965 Updated Nov 26, 2013

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    Is Bjössaróló playground Borgarnes´s best kept secret? It is such a fun playground hidden away in Borgarnes.

    Bjössaróló was created and constructed by the idealist Björn Guðmundsson, a master carpenter who lived in Borganes. Björn began constructing the playground back in 1979 and made all the playground equipment out of used material, which had either been thrown out or were to be thrown out. He added to the playground little by little and maintained it. Kids loved Björn and he tought them to respect nature and treat it with care. He asked the kids not to pick the flowers but allow them to grow.

    Bjössaróló is named after Björn, whose nickname was Bjössi. Björn passed away in 1997.

    Bjössaróló is equally fun or kids and adults alike. The equipments are big enough for adults, so when I saw it first I thought this was a playground for adults :)

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    Borgarnes - pastime.

    by Regina1965 Updated Sep 12, 2012

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    On hot sunny days, of which we are getting more and more here in Iceland due to global warming, then it has become a pastime to jump from bridges into the cold ocean.

    In Borgarnes I watched a boy jump again and again into the ocean. One can see him in the ocean under the bridge on my first photo. That day the ocean was very calm and he was also floating boats on the calm ocean, which was lovely to watch. But the weather here can change in a jiffy and that calm Atlantic ocean can turn into a roaring beast.

    There are groups here in Iceland which swim in the cold ocean by Reykjavík. It is considered to be very healthy. I might give it a try one day...

    See the boy in the ocean. A small boat on the ocean. Playing with boats on the ocean. A small boat on the ocean.

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    Borg at Mýrar.

    by Regina1965 Updated Oct 2, 2010

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    The Viking settler Skalla-Grímur Kveldúlfsson settled in Borgarfjörður and built a home at Borg in Mýrar. His son, Egill Skallagrímsson, one of Iceland's well-known Vikings, lived at Borg after Skalla-Grímur died.

    On top of the hill above Borg is one of 9 cairns which are placed at Saga places of interest. There is a trail from the left side of the church leading up to the hill and the chairn.

    The church at Borg dates back to 1880. There has been a church at Borg since 1003 and it was dedicated to Archangel Michael.

    By Borg stands a black sculpture by Ásmundur Sveinsson, called Sonartorrek, which is a poem Egill Skallagrímsson wrote when he lost his sons.

    One of 9 cairns in Borgarfj��r��ur - by Borg. The church at Borg �� M��rum. Borg �� M��rum as seen from the hill. The hill with the cairn on top. Sonartorrek by Borg - by ��smundur Sveinsson.

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    Skalla-Grím's burial-mound and park.

    by Regina1965 Updated Oct 2, 2010

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    Skalla-Grímur Kveldúlfsson was one of the Norwegian settlers in Iceland and had been ordered by his father, Kveld-Úlfur, to take up habitation in Iceland where his father's coffin would land. The coffin landed in Borgarnes and there Skalla-Grímur made a home and lived at Borg in Mýrar just outside of Borgarnes. His son was Egill Skallagrímsson (910-990), one of the most known Vikings and poets at this time. His story is depicted in The Saga of Egill.

    In Skalla-Grímur park is the burial-mound of Skalla-Grímur Kveldúlfsson and his grand-son Böðvar, the son of Egill Skallagrímsson, is buried there with him. Egill had the burial-mound of his father reopened and buried Böðvar, who was only a teenager when he drowned, with his grandfather. Skalla-Grímur had died of an unknown disease and drawings by the mound show how he was buried with his horse and weapons and tools.

    The ornamental park is a park built around the mound, with a monument of Egill Skallagrímsson carrying his drowned son Böðvar home on a horse, an astounding work (see my picture) by Anne-Marie Carl-Nielsen, which was donated to Iceland in 1963.

    There is a statue in the garden called "Óðinshrafninn" The raven of Óðinn by the sculptor Ásmundur Sveinsson and a lovely fountain.

    Visiting the ornamental park is "a must" when visiting Borgarnes. Reading The Saga of Egill is recommended ;)

    There are 9 cairns in and around Borgarnes placed at Saga-places of interest. The cairn by The Skalla-Grímur park is nr. 3, the cairn by Brákarsund strait (see my next tip) is nr. 2. Then there are 7 left...

    Egill Skallagr��msson carrying his dead son B����var. The cairn nr. 3 in front of Skalla-Gr��mur Park. The mound of Skalla-Gr��mur in the park. ����inshrafninn by ��smundur Sveinsson in the park. An drawing explaining how Skalla-Gr��mur was buried

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    Skalla-Grímur and Brákarsund strait.

    by Regina1965 Updated Nov 15, 2008

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    Skalla-Grímur Kveldúlfsson had a bond-maid named Þorgerður Brák. She had been the nanny and foster-mother to Egill the son of Skalla-Grímur and is described as big and strong as a man and skilled in magical arts.

    One day in winter time when Egill was 11 years old Skalla-Grímur was playing a ball-game at Borg with Egill and his friend, Þórður Granason. At first the boys were winning but later on in the evening Skalla-Grímur got really strong and and grabbed Þórður and tossed him onto the ground with such force that Þórður died. He then went after his own son, Egill. Þorgerður Brák was watching the game and said: "Hamask þú nú, Skalla-Grímr, at syni þínum", yes, she said that ;) It roughly translated means if Skalla-Grímur is now going to attack his own son. Skalla-Grímur got so angry that he let loose Egill and tried to grab Þorgerður Brák, but she ran and he chased her down to the ocean where she jumped from a cliff into the ocean trying to reach the island outside of Borgarnes, now called Brákarey island. Skalla-Grímur threw a big rock at her with such great force that Þorgerður Brák didn't resurface. Since that time the strait where she drowned is called Brákarsund - Brákar strait.

    There is now a monument "Brákin" in remembrance of Þorgerður Brák and her ill fate.

    Brákarey island is off the shore of Borgarnes and is now connected to land with a bridge. The islands was named after Þorgerður Brák and so is the street Brákarbraut where she ran while trying to escape from the mad Skalla-Grímur.

    At The Settlement center behind the monument Brákin there is a play, a monologue, on Þorgerður Brák and on the story of the bond-women the settlers carried with them to Iceland. At The Settlement center you can learn all about Egill Skallagrímsson and his story, well, reading The Saga of Egill is strongly recommended as well ;) I add the link to The Settlement center. From there you can get guided tours to Borg in Mýrar and around the places of The Saga of Egill. The places of interest are marked with 9 cairns, cairn nr. 2 is located by Brákarsund strait and cairn nr. 3 by Skalla-Grím's burial mound. You can see on the website of The Settlement center where the other 7 are located.

    The Monument The cairn in memory of ��orger��ur Br��k. A drawing depicting Skalla-Gr��mur and Br��k. The Monument Here Skalla-Gr��mur drowned ��orger��ur Br��k.

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    Borgarnes - a cosy fisherman town in west coast

    by WanderingFinn Updated Aug 28, 2007

    Borgarnes is easily reachable by car during a daytrip and sunlight. It is a cosy and quite small fisherman town in the western coast of Iceland. The tranquility is almost unbelieavable.

    You can find some museums in the town, as well as a souvenir shop and a restaurant/cafe (Veitinger) offering cakes and salty pies and two soups of the day (including salad, water and bread).

    The church of Borgarnes A private house with an own greenhouse A private house with nice decorations An unknown monument in town
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