Borgarnes Travel Guide

  • The water-tank.
    The water-tank.
    by Regina1965
  • The view-dial.
    The view-dial.
    by Regina1965
  • The view-dial.
    The view-dial.
    by Regina1965

Borgarnes Things to Do

  • The view-dial in Akranes.

    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...

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  • The view-dial in Borgarnes.

    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...

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  • Mt. Akrafjall

    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...

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  • Akranes - Breiðin and the light-houses.

    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,...

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  • Akranes - neigbouring town - Langisandur...

    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...

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  • The Settlement Centre - the Settlement...

    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...

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  • The Settlement Centre - Landnámssetrið.

    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...

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  • Mt. Hafnarfjall - the Borgarnes...

    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...

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  • Bjössaróló - playground.

    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...

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  • Borgarnes - pastime.

    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...

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  • Borg at Mýrar.

    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...

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  • Skalla-Grím's burial-mound and park.

    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...

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Borgarnes Hotels

  • Hraunsnef Country Hotel

    Nordurardal 311, Borgarnes, Iceland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Icelandair Hotel Hamar

    Golfvollurinn Hamri i Borgarnesi, Borgarnes, 310, Iceland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Bru - Bridge Hotel

    Hafnarskogi, Borgarnes 311, Iceland

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Business

Borgarnes Restaurants

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    by WanderingFinn Updated Aug 28, 2007

    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.

    The restaurant from outside The restaurant from inside That day there was carrot- or meat soup to choose
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Borgarnes Off The Beaten Path

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    by Regina1965 Updated Feb 5, 2014

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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".

    Eldborg crater. Eldborg crater. Eldborg crater as seen from the road.

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