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 :)
Akranes is the town closest to Hvalfjarðargöng or Whale bay tunnel, before you reach Borgarnes. There used to be a ferry crossing the bay between Reykjavík and Akranes, so I went here often just for the ride.
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.
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...
Nordurardal 311, Borgarnes, Iceland
Good for: Families
Golfvollurinn Hamri i Borgarnesi, Borgarnes, 310, Iceland
Good for: Business
Hafnarskogi, Borgarnes 311, Iceland
Good for: Business
Nice and clean. - Fax: (+354) 437 14 43 Price I really paid: Twin room, B&B: 13.900 ISK (August...more
Hvitarbakka Borgarfiroi, Borgarfjordur, Borgarnes, s. 435 153, Iceland
Good for: Couples
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.