Borgarnes Things to Do
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Nordurardal 311, Borgarnes, Iceland
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Golfvollurinn Hamri i Borgarnesi, Borgarnes, 310, Iceland
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Hafnarskogi, Borgarnes 311, Iceland
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This local place in a one family house is offering cakes and salty pies to accompny your coffee, and additionally two alternative soups of the day to choose from (including salad, water and bread).
You can eat as much soup as you like at the fixed price.
Favorite Dish: That day there was carrot and meat soup; with meat soup being more expensive.
I took the carrot soup as it seemed to be so different from those what I've seen in most of the places. This was no vegeterian super light nonsense, but thick enough, dark and tasty. Spices or herbs had been used.Related to:
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Borgarnes Off The Beaten Path
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Eldborg (á Mýrum) in Hnappadalur is 38 km west of Borgarnes and marks the outpost of Borgarbyggð to the west.
Eldborg is oval in shape, quite distinct. The crater is 200 m in diametre and 50 m deep. The walls of the crater are made of thin lava-scales. Eldborg is the largest of several craters in a volcanic fissure. There have been 2 eruptions there, the last one probably during the period of settlement.
The crater is 100 m over sea-level and 60 m above the lava.
It is possible to hike up to the crater. One can walk on the top of the crater on the crater rim. I have only been half way up, will do that hike next summer. The hike is only 2,5 km from Snorrastaðir.
Eldborg is a preserved area.
A music hall in Harpa has been named after the crater and one of Icelandair´s jet planes is named Eldborg as well.
There was a festival in 2001, which was named after Eldborg "Eldborgarhátíð".
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