Borgarnes

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Borgarnes
Town
Aerial panorama of Borgarnes
Aerial panorama of Borgarnes
Location of the Municipality of Borgarbyggð
Location of the Municipality of Borgarbyggð
Borgarnes is located in Iceland
Borgarnes
Borgarnes
Location in Iceland
Coordinates: 64°32′N 21°55′W / 64.533°N 21.917°W / 64.533; -21.917
Country Iceland
Constituency Northwest Constituency
Region Western Region
Municipality Borgarbyggð
Population (2015)
 • Total 1,875
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)

Borgarnes (Icelandic pronunciation: ​[ˈpɔrkarˌnɛs]) is a town located on a peninsula at the shore of Borgarfjörður in Iceland and is the largest town in the Borgarbyggð municipality with a population of about 2,000 residents. It is a main junction in Iceland and the gateway to the Snaefellsnes National Park. Iceland's capital Reykjavik is 69 kilometers from the center of Borgarnes. The second largest bridge in Iceland, the Borgarfjarðarbrú, connects traffic to and from Reykjavik.

Local area[edit]

There are four national forests in the region (approximately 40 km from the town center) which are overseen by the Icelandic Forest Service.[1] The forest in Borgarfjardur are mix of Birch woods and native conifers. These forests are Vatnshorn, Norðtunga, Selskógar, Stalpastaðir and Jafnaskarð. Borgarnes has the oldest and tallest of the birch trees in Iceland.[2]

Arts & Culture[edit]

The Safnahús Borgarfjarðar is a civilization museum that displays cultural artifacts and historical photos.[3] Safnahús Borgarfjarðar was one of Iceland's first collections to receive the formal recognition of the Saga Council in (2013).[4]

Borgarnes is also one of the filming locations in the Hollywood film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, the Geirabakari Kaffihus which is featured in the film, was transformed into Papa John's during the filming.[5]

Economy[edit]

Borgarnes' commerce is primarily based on agriculture.,[6] tourism and culture[7]

The city of Borgarnes as seen from the south, driving up on Route 1.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Iceland forest service | Skógræktin". www.skogur.is. Retrieved 2018-03-18. 
  2. ^ "Vesturland | Skógræktin". www.skogur.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 2018-03-18. 
  3. ^ grapevine.is (2016-03-24). "Take A Moment: There's More To Borgarnes Than Bónus And N1 - The Reykjavik Grapevine". The Reykjavik Grapevine. Retrieved 2018-03-18. 
  4. ^ "Safnahús Borgarfjarðar – Borgarnes Museum". safnahus.is. Retrieved 2018-03-18. 
  5. ^ "Ben Stiller breytir Geirabakarí í Borgarnesi í pizzastaðinn Papa Johns". Pressan.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 2018-03-18. 
  6. ^ "Aslaug Helgadottir | PhD | The Agricultural University of Iceland, Borgarnes | LBHI | Department of Land and Animal Resources | ResearchGate". ResearchGate. Retrieved 2018-03-18. 
  7. ^ Review, Iceland (2009-02-11). "Borgarnes Settlement Center Museum Awarded". Iceland Review. Retrieved 2018-03-18. 
Climate data for Hvanneyri, 6.6 km (4.1 mi) from Borgarnes (1964-1993)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 11.5
(52.7)
10.8
(51.4)
15.8
(60.4)
15.9
(60.6)
20.8
(69.4)
19.5
(67.1)
26.1
(79)
22.0
(71.6)
18.6
(65.5)
15.0
(59)
13.4
(56.1)
11.8
(53.2)
26.1
(79)
Average high °C (°F) 1.1
(34)
2.1
(35.8)
2.4
(36.3)
5.1
(41.2)
9.2
(48.6)
12.1
(53.8)
13.6
(56.5)
13.1
(55.6)
9.7
(49.5)
6.0
(42.8)
2.8
(37)
1.5
(34.7)
6.6
(43.8)
Daily mean °C (°F) −2.3
(27.9)
−1.1
(30)
−0.8
(30.6)
1.9
(35.4)
5.6
(42.1)
8.6
(47.5)
10.3
(50.5)
9.7
(49.5)
6.4
(43.5)
3.0
(37.4)
−0.2
(31.6)
−1.9
(28.6)
3.3
(37.9)
Average low °C (°F) −6.1
(21)
−4.4
(24.1)
−4.0
(24.8)
−1.3
(29.7)
2.0
(35.6)
5.3
(41.5)
7.1
(44.8)
6.4
(43.5)
3.1
(37.6)
−0.1
(31.8)
−3.5
(25.7)
−5.5
(22.1)
−0.1
(31.9)
Record low °C (°F) −24.2
(−11.6)
−22.0
(−7.6)
−20.8
(−5.4)
−23.1
(−9.6)
−10.1
(13.8)
−3.7
(25.3)
0.0
(32)
−4.7
(23.5)
−7.3
(18.9)
−15.6
(3.9)
−18.2
(−0.8)
−22.0
(−7.6)
−24.2
(−11.6)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 90.9
(3.579)
98.8
(3.89)
85.6
(3.37)
67.4
(2.654)
48.6
(1.913)
53.1
(2.091)
51.0
(2.008)
73.5
(2.894)
69.1
(2.72)
100.9
(3.972)
97.2
(3.827)
100.0
(3.937)
936.1
(36.855)
Source: Icelandic Met Office[1]

Coordinates: 64°32′N 21°55′W / 64.533°N 21.917°W / 64.533; -21.917