Borgarfjördur Eystri

Borgarfjordur Eystri is a charming fishing village situated on a grassy valley along a short wide fjord of the same name. It is one of Iceland’s supreme hiking areas with magnificent colorful mountains, beautiful rocks and rare stones. The flowering plants may be the most beautiful and diverse in Iceland. Other selling points include playful puffing watching, legends of hidden elves and ethereal rhyolite peaks.

Borgarfjordur Eystri is the birthplace of Iceland’s most beloved painter, Johannes Kjarval. A monument dedicated to Kjarval can be seen by the main road just outside the village, as well as a small exhibition in the local community center. There is a magnificent Kjarval altarpiece from 1914 on display found at the local church.

The village is relatively small, yet beautiful. The name derives from a rock outcroup, called Álfaborg (e. Elfrock or Elfcastle). Some locals believe that the elf queen lives in it and advice newcomers to pay her their respect. Since 2004 a music festival has been put on in the summer and it has attracted as much as 2.000 guests. The festival hosts both local and international bands, e.g. Belle and Sebastian, Of Monsters and Men and Damien Rice.