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 puffin 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 stands by the main road just outside the village. You can as well discover a small exhibition in the local community center. The local church displays a magnificent Kjarval altarpiece from 1914.

Home of the elf queen

The village is relatively small, yet beautiful. The name derives from a rock outcroup, called Alfaborg (e. Elfrock or Elfcastle). Some locals believe that the elf queen lives in it and advice newcomers to pay her their respect.

Braedslan music festival

Since 2004 a music festival called Braedslan has been put on in the summer in Borgarfjordur Eystri. Every year it attracts as many as 2.000 guests. The festival hosts both local and international bands, e.g. Belle and Sebastian, Of Monsters and Men and Damien Rice.

Hiking in Borgarfjordur Eystri

Borgarfjordur Eystri is a paradise for hikers, with dozens of well marked hiking routes in the area. The mountains vary in shapes and sizes as well as the colours of the nature, from black sand beaches and green valleys to a pinkish tone of the mountain ridges.

Locals have made it easy for you to choose a desired hiking trail with their hiking map, available from all local tourist businesses in Borgarfjordur and the information centres in Egilsstadir and Seydisfjordur.

Puffin watching in Borgarfjordur Eystri

Borgarfjordur Eystri is an excellent spot for birdwatching, and has become one of the most popular places to see puffins. Over twenty bird species have been sighted here at once. Aside from puffins, you can expect to see a number of duck species and moorland birds, geese, divers, swans and skuas.

GPS: 65.52658 N, -13.818204 W