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Bakkagerðiskirkja

On the doorstep to the illustrious and famed cliff Álfaborg, placed at the outskirts of the village, stands the church Bakkagerðiskirkja. Formerly, the church stood at the vicarage Desjarmýri, the present building was consecrated in 1901. The church boasts an exceedingly remarkable altarpiece, painted by the famous local artist Jóhannes Sveinsson Kjarval in 1914. Christ is depicted giving the Sermon on the Mount, standing on top of the Álfaborg with the Dyr Mountains as a background. This piece is one of Kjarval's most famous works, attracting tourists visiting Borgarfjörður.

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Bakkagerðiskirkja
GPS Points N65° 31' 25.100" W13° 48' 34.176"
Road number

94

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Austurland

Towns & Villages

Each town in Austurland has its own characteristics. In some of the coastal villages t, the influence of North European neighbors 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 the latest addition to East Iceland agglomeration, founded in the late forties of the 20th century.  

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