Borgarfjörður Eystri

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Borgarfjörður Eystri
Location of the Municipality of Borgarfjarðarhreppur
Location of the Municipality of Borgarfjarðarhreppur
Borgarfjörður Eystri is located in Iceland
Borgarfjörður Eystri
Borgarfjörður Eystri
Location in Iceland
Coordinates: 65°32′N 13°46′W / 65.533°N 13.767°W / 65.533; -13.767
Country  Iceland
Constituency[1] Northeast Constituency
Region[2] Eastern Region
Municipality Borgarfjarðarhreppur
Population (2011)
 • Total 100
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)
Website Official website
Álfaborg, Iceland
Road to Borgarfjörður Eystri

Borgarfjörður Eystri is a fjord in east Iceland.

It is part of the municipality of Borgarfjarðarhreppur and, as of 2011, the area has a population of around 100 inhabitants. The main settlement is Bakkagerði.

The town derives its name from the Álfaborg (Elf Rock). Some of the locals believe that the queen of the elves lives in the Álfaborg. The main attraction for visitors is hiking. Borgarfjörður Eystri is also home to a large puffin colony.[3][4] Since 2004, a music festival has been put on in the summer, and attracted over 2,000 visitors in the summer of 2009.[5][6]

A church in Borgarfjörður Eystri has a painting by Jóhannes Sveinsson Kjarval that depicts Jesus on the cross on an elf hill.[7] The local bishop has refused to bless the painting because of this.[8][9] Kjarvalsstofa is a museum in Bakkagerði dedicated to the painter who grew up in the area.


  1. ^ Political division
  2. ^ Mainly statistical division
  3. ^ Parnell, Fran; Etain O'Carroll (2007). Iceland. Footscray, Vic: Lonely Planet. pp. 260–262. ISBN 978-1-74104-537-6. 
  4. ^ "Borgarfjörður eystri: Álfaborgarsjens". Dagblaðið Vísir (in Icelandic). 1997-07-23. p. 23. Retrieved 2010-06-04. 
  5. ^ Brynjólfsson, Bjarni (2010). "Lumpsucker Spring". Iceland Review. 48 (1): 64–70. Retrieved 2010-06-04. 
  6. ^ "Music festival in Borgarfjördur Eystri". Iceland Review. 2008-06-12. Retrieved 2010-06-04. 
  7. ^ Brynjólfsson, Bjarni (2010). "Lumpsucker Spring". Iceland Review. 48 (1): 69. Retrieved 2010-06-04. 
  8. ^ Leibel, Dorothy (1995-03-17). "Iceland - Mother Nature 's Panorama". Lögberg-Heimskringla. p. 25. Retrieved 2010-06-04. 
  9. ^ "Attractions in Borgarfjordur Eystri at Frommer's". Retrieved 2010-06-04. 

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Coordinates: 65°32′33″N 13°46′53″W / 65.54250°N 13.78139°W / 65.54250; -13.78139