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Borgarfjörður eystri

The Borgarfjörður region, on the coast about 70 km from Egilsstaðir, is known for its great natural beauty. The village has around 100 inhabitants. Borgarfjörður is famous for the good hiking trails named "Víknaslóðir" leading to the deserted fjords and coves, Víkur, and to Loðmundarfjörður. The area has become a hiker´s paradise with local people marking numerous trails, comfortable hiking huts and a good hiking-map. The marked trails range from 1 hour to a full day (all in all 170 km long). Borgarfjörður is the home of the Queen of Elves. It is possible to walk to the hill "Álfaborg" - "The Elves´Castle" where the queen of the Icelandic elves allegedly resides with her court. The "Álfacafé" is worth a visit for trying out the local fish-dishes. A visit to the fish factory as a worthwhile experience or a glance at some of the beautifull handicraft by the local artists. In Borgarfjörður there are excellent facilities for bird-watching, namely a special hide at the harbour from which over twenty species have been sighted at once. At Hafnarhólmi, located by the fishing harbour, one can enjoy excellent facilities for bird-watching, for instance close-up views of puffins and kittiwakes.

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Borgarfjörður eystri
GPS Points N65° 31' 36.435" W13° 48' 57.783"
Postal codes

720

Population

20

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Nature
Hafnarhólmi

The "Hafnarhólmi" in Borgarfjörður eystri is an area highly suitable for birdwatching. On the premises there is a staircase leading up to a platform where one can get closer to puffins and the birds of the sea than ever imaginable. The puffins arrive in April and disappear overnight around August 15th. Underway to Hafnarhólminn one enjoys good close-ups of vivid birdlife and the artic tern nests along the shore and on banks of the river. The harbor proudly raises the blue flag indicating that the inhabitans are respectful and attentive towards their surroundings.

Nature
Stórurð

One of East Iceland's most illustrious spots is the Stórurð ("The Giant Boulders"), located to the east of the road leading to Borgarfjörður eystri. Stórurð lies below the small glacier west of Dyrfjöll mountains. It consists of gigantic tuff boulders, charming meadows and attractive ponds. This wonderful scene can be reached in 2.5 hours on foot from Vatnsskarð pass. To enjoy Dyrfjöll and Stórurð a whole day plan is highly recommended.

Nature
Kúahjalli og Hrafnatindur

One of the marked trails in the vicinity Bakkagerði in Borgarfjörður eystri leads to the mountainous terrain of Kúahjalli and Hrafnatindur. The trail follows the banks of Bakkaá up to Mt. Hrafnatindur, offering remarkable view over Borgarfjörður eystri. Thereupon the trail continues to Kúahjalli and to Geitavik, the childhood foyer of the renowned Icelandic painter Kjarval. The duration of the hike is about 3 hours.

History and Culture
Álfaborg
Right by the village, the legally protected hill of Álfaborg, which the "fjord of Borg," Borgarfjörður eystri, is named after, rises about 30 m high. Accessed by an easy trail and with an observation point on top, Álfaborg is home to the queen of the Icelandic elves. In addition, Borgarfjörður has numerous stories of relations between its elfin and human residents. Many places are connected with elves and "hidden people," including the church of the elves kirkjusteinn: a huge, appropriately shaped rock in Kækjudalur valley.

Several stories tell of trolls in the mountains.



East Iceland

Towns & Villages

Each town in East Iceland has its own characteristics. In some of the coastal villages the influence of North European neighbours is obvious to everyone. 

The French made a strong impact in Fáskrúðsfjörður where the road signs are made out in French as well as in Icelandic. Norwegian influence is easily detected in the Eskifjörður and Seydisfjörður architecture. No such roots are to be seen in Egilsstadir which is latest addition to East Iceland agglomeration, founded in the late forties of the 20th century.  

Map Vopnafjörður Borgarfjörður Eystri Egilsstaðir Seyðisfjörður Mjóifjörður Fljótsdalshérað Neskaupstaður Breiðdalsvík Eskifjörður Reyðarfjörður Fáskrúðsfjörður Stöðvarfjörður Djúpivogur