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Hafnarhólmi

Five kilometres past the wee church is the photogenic small-boat harbour and islet of Hafnarhólmi, home to a large puffin colony. A staircase and viewing platforms allow you to get close to these cute, clumsy creatu…
International in Borgarfjörður Eystri

Frystiklefinn

At Blábjörg Guesthouse, this stylish, airy space is an inviting cafe-bar, with a small but pleasing menu that runs from traditional Icelandic plokkfiskur (fish stew) to chicken burger, supplemented by daily specials…
Music in Borgarfjörður Eystri

Bræðslan

Held in an old herring plant over a weekend in late July, Bræðslan is one of Iceland’s best summer concert festivals, earning itself a reputation for great music as well as its intimate atmosphere. Some big local na…
Landmark in Borgarfjörður Eystri

Njarðvíkurskriður

A habitual site of accidents in ancient times, Njarðvíkurskriður is a dangerous scree slope on Rte 94 near Njarðvík on the way into Borgarfjörður Eystri. All the tragedies were blamed on a nuisance creature (half-ma…
Church in Borgarfjörður Eystri

Bakkagerðiskirkja

Jóhannes Sveinsson Kjarval (1885–1972), Iceland’s best-known artist, was brought up nearby and took much of his inspiration from Borgarfjörður Eystri and surrounds. His unusual altarpiece in this small church depict…
Supermarket in Borgarfjörður Eystri

Village Store

The small supermarket by Fjarðarborg (the community centre) closed in 2017, but at the time of research the locals were banding together to create a much-needed village store. It's great to support it if you can. It…
Icelandic in Borgarfjörður Eystri

Álfacafé

Here, next to the local fish factory, tasty fish soup is the headlining act (with decent support from the likes of flatbread with salmon, plus cakes and waffles). There's a fish meal offered each evening from 6pm to…
Nature Reserve in Borgarfjörður Eystri

Álfaborg

Álfaborg (Elf Rock), the small mound and nature reserve near the campsite, is the ‘borg’ that gave Borgarfjörður Eystri its name. Some locals believe that the queen of Icelandic elves lives here. From the top of the…
House in Borgarfjörður Eystri

Lindarbakki

You can’t miss the village’s hairiest and most photogenic house: bright-red Lindarbakki (1899) is completely cocooned by whiskery green grass, with only a few windows and a giant pair of antlers sticking out. It’s a…
Icelandic in Borgarfjörður Eystri

Já Sæll Fjarðarborg

The menu is simple and the decor uninspiring at this option inside Fjarðarborg (the community centre), but it’s well worth a visit for its bumper burgers or lamb chops, and a beer among the locals. Ask about the wee…