Borgarfjörður Eystri is the most northerly fjord in the Eastern Fjords region and is 4 kilometres across and 5 kilometres long. The land along the coast is low-lying and at the head of the fjord, there is a broad, verdant valley 8 kilometres in length. The valley is surrounded by an imposing and colourful range of mountains, making Borgarfjordur Eystri one of the most beautiful settlements in the country.
The village of Bakkagerði is a picturesque seaside village and is home to around 130 people. While most people live off fishing and agriculture, tourism is becoming an increasingly important factor in the lives of locals. Next to the village is one of the most populated elfin settlements in Iceland, including the rocky outcrop Álfaborgin, or the Elves’ Castle, where the queen of the elves is said to live. A path leads to the top and where a panoramic viewing disc is located to help hikers orientate themselves and identify the surrounding mountains.
Going to Borgarfjörður will offer you a chance to experience a genuine Icelandic fishing village. In addition, you will be in contact with a close community of people renowned for their hospitality. Their local cuisine consists of high-quality ingredients from the region, such as the fish brought in fresh every day. The community lives in close proximity with nature and honours a quiet life, making it the ideal place to relax and get in touch with nature.
The small boats marina at Hafnarhólmi island has been awarded the Blue On the island and next to it are two viewing platforms for bird watching and excellent facilities for observing puffins. There is also a bird watching house in town.
The area between Borgarfjörður in the north and Seyðisfjörður in the south is one of outstanding natural beauty and has plenty to offer. There is a network of well-marked hiking routes to suit all levels of fitness, from shorter routes for the whole family to longer routes for serious hikers. The nature in Borgarfjordur is still untouched by mass tourism and many of the mountains are exceptionally beautiful in colour. Access to the area is excellent and the local authorities have developed a wide range of services including campsites, different types of accommodation, refreshments, museums, guiding services, travel planning and transportation.