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Top Choice Museum in Borgarnes

Settlement Centre

Housed in an imaginatively restored warehouse by the harbour, the must-see Settlement Centre offers fascinating insights into the history of Icelandic settlement and the Saga era. The museum is divided into two exhi…
Top Choice Landmark in Borgarnes

Borg á Mýrum

The farm, Borg á Mýrum, just northwest of Borgarnes on Rte 54, is the site where Skallagrímur Kveldúlfsson, Egil's father, made his farm at settlement. The farm is named for the large rock (borg) behind the farmstea…
Top Choice Clothing in Borgarnes

Ullarselið

Find your way to off-the-beaten-path village Hvanneyri, 12km east of Borgarnes, and in among fjordside homes you'll find this fantastic wool centre. Handmade sweaters, scarves, hats and blankets share space with ske…
Top Choice International in Borgarnes

Settlement Centre Restaurant

The Settlement Centre’s restaurant, set in a light-filled room built into the rock face, is airy, upbeat and one of the region's best bets for food. Choose from traditional Icelandic and international eats (lamb, fi…
Top Choice Market in Borgarnes

Ljómalind

A longstanding collaboration between local producers, this packed farmers market sits at the edge of town near the roundabout. It stocks everything from fresh dairy from Erpsstaðir and organic meat to locally made b…
Sculpture in Borgarnes

Brákin

Þorgerður Brák was Egil's nursemaid, thought to be a Celtic slave. In one of the more dramatic moments in Egil's Saga, she heroically saves Egil's life (from an attempted crime of passion, by his own father, Skallag…
Museum in Borgarnes

Borgarfjördur Museum

This small municipal museum has an engaging exhibit on the story of children in Iceland over the last 100 years. It's told through myriad photographs and found items, and though it's accompanied by English translati…
Cafe in Borgarnes

Englendingavík

Casual and friendly, with a wonderful waterfront deck, Englendingavík serves good homemade dishes, from cakes to full meals of roast lamb or fresh fish. They have an attached guesthouse (doubles with shared bathroom…
Cafe in Borgarnes

Blómasetrið–Kaffi Kyrrð

This quaint flower and gift shop is also a cosy cafe with hot drinks, beer and snacks. Relax in overstuffed chairs.
Brewery in Borgarnes

Steðji Brugghús

This little family-run brewhouse 25km north of Borgarnes off Rte 50 has a good range of local beers, from strawberry beer to lager and seasonal beers. Try them all in the microbrewery's tasting room.