The city of Borgarnes is about one hour North of Reykjavik. It depends if you take “hvalfjarðargöng” ( the tunnel under the “whale-fjord”) since driving around the Fjord adds about an hour to your trip. If you have the time we definitely recommend it since it is a very scenic and beautiful drive along the fjord. Right before reaching Borgarnes from the south you cross Borgarfjörður fjord on Iceland´s second largest bridge.
The cities harbour however has not been used for transportation for many years which turns the bridge and roads into the main ways to and from the city. The city gets its heating and warm water mainly from Deildartunguhver hot spring which is only about 30 minutes away.
With about 2000 inhabitants it is the biggest town of the municipality Borgarbyggð which in total has almost 4000 inhabitants. The other towns belonging to Borgarbyggð are: Bifröst, Hvanneyri, Kleppjárnsreykir, Reykholt and Varmaland.
The city is often the first stop on the way North after leaving Reykjavik. These stops are usually very short at the local and big gas station. But the city has much more to offer than just a short convenience stop.
In the center you find the settlement center. It houses two exhibitions, one about the settlement of Iceland, and one about the Egils Saga, one of Iceland´s most popular sagas. In the saga the town still has its old name “Digranes” and is first inhabited by a man called Grani. Grani used to be a shipmate of Skallagrímur, Egils father. Skallagrímur being the name of the local football club.
museum is the “museum Borgarfjörður” which focuses on the life of children in
Iceland in the 20th century. The museum uses both photographs and
objects to show us how life was back then.
A famous children´s play park "Bjössaróló" is based in Borgarnes and was created by carpenter and environmental pioneer Björn Hjörtur Guðmundsson, who buitl all the play equipment from salvaged discarded materials.