Meet the locals - and the elves
This tour starts from the old-fashioned village of Bakkargerði, a perfect place to get acquainted with some of Iceland’s mysterious folklore. This small and quiet village has a population of only 100 persons, and is known as the home of some of the largest colonies of ‘hidden people’ in Iceland. Next to the village lies a large rocky hill called Álfaborg (‘City of Elves’). Álfaborg is home to the queen of the Icelandic elves. In addition, Borgarfjörður has numerous stories of relations between its elfin and human residents. Many places are connected with elves and "hidden people," including the church of the elves kirkjusteinn: a huge, appropriately shaped rock in Kækjudalur valley.
Churches, handicraft and a haunted place
Not far from Álfaborg is the local church with its remarkable altarpiece painted in 1914 by renowned artist Kjarval who was born here. One of the most popular sites for those coming to the village is a small, well-kept turf house, Lindarbakki, which is rightly regarded as an ornament to the community. The oldest part of the house dates from 1899. At Hafnarhólmi, you might see dozens of bird species like puffins, fulmars and kittiwakes flying around. Before we continue to Seyðisfjörður we’ll visit the local shop where you can purchase handmade souvenirs, made in the Borgarfjörður community. Off course we take our time to have a photo stop at the crossroad at Njarðvíkurskriður (Njardvikurscree) that was difficult to pass and believed to be haunted in the old days. There will also be a short comfort stop at the town of Egillstaður before we drive the winding road over the mountain-pass of Fjarðarheiði, which has numerous small and beautiful waterfalls. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.