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East and Southeast Iceland, Iceland • http://en.east.is
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The Borgarfordur region, on the coast about 70 km. east from Egilsstadir, is known for its great natural beauty. The village proper, Bakkagerdi, has around 100 inhabitants. Borgarfordur is famous for the good hiking trails named "Viknaslodir" leading to the deserted fjords and coves, Vikur, and to Lodmundarfjordur. The area has become a "hiker´s paradise" with local people marking numerous trails, comfortable hiking huts and a good hiking-map. The marked trails range from 1 hour to a full day. Borgarfordur is the home of the Queen of Elves. It is possible to walk to the mound "Alfaborg" - "The Elves´Castle" where the queen of the Icelandic elves allegedly resides with her court. The "Alfacafe" is worth a visit for trying out the local fish-dishes. A visit to the fish factory as a worth-while experience or a glance at some of the beautifull handicraft by the local artists. In Bakkagerdi you can stop at Kjarvalsstofa where the years spent by famous painter Johannes Kjarval are visualized and represented in texts. In Borgarfordur there are excellent facilities for bird-watching, namely a special hide at the harbour from which over twenty species have been sighted at once. At Hafnarholmi, located by the small-boat harbour, one can enjoy excellent facilities for bird-watching, in particular as close-up view of puffins and kittiwakes is concerned.
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