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Borgarnes (Iceland)

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4 / 5 - One review
How to get there
It's just 72km from Reykjavik by car or by bus
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
A few hours

Reviews of Borgarnes

Emmanuelle Bluman Seasoned Traveller
157 written opinions

Borgarnes is a pleasant little town at the entrance to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. It has some great establishments and a stunning view over the fjord.

My suggestion:
If you can't stay the night, factor in some time to visit the church and the village, and why not pause for a spot of lunch!
My review

Borgarnes is a charming little town and a pleasant Icelandic stop when leaving Reykjavik and heading north. 

I stopped off in Borganes on almost all of my visits, either to explore the area or just to drink a coffee. During my first stay, I even spent the night there. The small town is located opposite the Borgarfjörður fjord and is a good walk halfway between Snaefellsnes and the Golden Circle. 

When you're in Borgarnes, I recommend visiting the Settlement Centre which tells the story of the Icelandic Sagas and of the country's first inhabitants: the Vikings. It's a modern museum with interactive features which help us to immerse ourselves in the early centuries of the country's history.

The centre also houses a very good restaurant and I have fond memories of my meals there.

Finally, you must visit the house of Skalla-Grímr, an important figure in the Sagas who still stands elegantly just outside the town centre. 

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