A day in and around Borgarfjörður
The Borgarfjörður area in West Iceland offers something for all travel tastes and interests: history buffs, wellness aficionados, and geography geeks alike will find spectacular sights and activities to their liking. Within only one hour from Reykjavik and close to the Snæfellsnes peninsula, a whole world of adventure opens up.
Wellness and waterfalls by Europe’s largest hot spring
The Borgarfjörður region spans the hot spots of Iceland: here, one of the biggest hot water springs in Europe, the Deildartunguhver gushes 180 liters of boiling water per second up to the surface of the earth, providing greenhouses, pools, private households and even the bigger towns Akranes and Borgarnes with heat. The energy seems endless here!can be comfortably reached by car and closely observed. Keep your eyes open for the greenhouses and a sales stand with delicious tomatoes!
In direct vicinity to Deildartunguhver one can find Krauma, one of. Here one can soak and watch the steaming hot water springs from above simultaneously. Drinks and food exclusively from local produce make the luxurious retreat perfect.
In case you prefer it a bit more private and secluded for your bathtime: the close-by town of Húsafell, snuggled comfortably in forested hills, hides the beautiful pools of Giljaböð, or Húsafell canyon baths. They are only accessible by small group tours with limited participants and require a small hike. The reward consists of two pools inspired in design by the historic Snorralaug, pool of Snorri Sturluson, based in the nearby town of Reykholt.
With batteries charged, the sightseeing continues: comfortable walking paths bordered by birch trees have been created around the highly photogenic turquoise waters of the "lava falls" Hraunfossar and the adjacent Barnafoss (children's waterfall). Whereas the first impresses with its mysterious water flow that seems to come out of nowhere, the second has a spine-chilling background story, including a natural stone bridge and missing children.
Into the Ice
For more action, adventurous tours are offered in the Borgarfjörður and it’s up to you to decide whether going up and into the glacier or descending down into the depths of the earth is your preference:
The glaciers Langjökull and Eiriksjökull – to just name two of the many in the area, are decorating the horizon with their white peaks. But the experience of the glacier is not restricted to the spectacular view:. The largest man-made ice tunnel in the world shows everyone who enters a new perspective from the inside of a glacier, its development during the time, and its prospects for the future.
Into the dark
Not man-made but easily accessible for and once inhabited by them is the, a cave in the lava field Halllmundarhraun, formed by an eruption under the glacier Langjökull approximately 900 AD. Outlaws from the past have been using Viðgelmir as a place of exile in the olden days. Though one wonders how in the midst of one of the biggest lava fields of Iceland they were able to spot the entrance to this cave, one will be even more surprised, about the fact how cold and dark it gets in there!
Where the history of Iceland began
One could also call the Borgarfjörður "the cradle of Iceland", considering its significance in the history of Iceland. Snorri Sturluson (1179–1241) a baron, lawyer, cosmopolitan, politician and our most avid Saga writer and in times most powerful man in Iceland called Reykholt his home.now contains a research center, museum, and pool (Snorralaug) of a man who is to this day the most famous Icelander ever.
More about another famous character in Iceland’s history, poet and chieftain Egill Skallagrimsson, can be found in. Using audio-visual and theatrical techniques, his escapades as well as the long, vivid, and sometimes bloody history of the colonization of this country come to life.
Oh, and to get one's strength back after that much history: they also serve delicious food!
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