Located on scenic Borgarfjordur Fjord, the town of Borgarnes is the centre for communications, trade and services in Borgarbyggd County. It is connected to the south by Borgarfjardarbrú, the second largest bridge in Iceland.
The town is proud of its legacy, serving as the setting for most of the Icelandic Sagas with the landscape, nature and culture reflecting this heritage and bringing history to life.
Museum and Settlement Center
History can be particularly enjoyed at the Settlement Center. There visitors learn about the nation’s origins and Egill Skallagrimsson, Iceland’s favourite warrior poet from the Sagas. The Borgarfjordur Museum is also worth a visit. There you’ll see a unique exhibition on the life and surroundings of children in Iceland in the 20th century. The photographs are presented in an unusual way. They are mounted on walls in which cabinets behind some photographs contain objects and further information. Visitors can move around the walls and discover how children lived, laughed and worked over the past 100 years.
Borgarnes has a multitude of natural sites to explore with breathtaking waterfalls, moss covered lava fields and sparkling rivers brimming with fresh trout and salmon. Visitors can also enjoy the local swimming pool with exceptional views of the ocean, a unique playground lovingly built from scrap-wood and a nicely landscaped 18-hole golf course.
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