Borgarnes is a quiet and friendly town only 40 minutes from exciting Reykjavik.The town has grown much since the settlement, and today there are various things to see and do in and around Borgarnes.
There are good grocery stores and great bakery (which they turned into Papa Jone’s in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty), Farmers market, excellent restaurants, good and interesting museums and exhibitions. The swimming pool is exceptionally good, a popular destination for Icelanders all over the country.
Borgarnes is the perfect place to stay on for 2-3 days and go on day trips, for example, Snæfellsnes and Borgarfjörður. The town is close to the glaciers and caves. During the winter Borgarnes and it´s close vicinity is a prime location for catching the Northern Lights.
The Settlement Center –In two of Borgarnes’s oldest buildings The Settlement Center is devoted to recreating Iceland’s earliest days and introduces visitors to one of the best known heroes of the Icelandic Sagas, Egil Skalla-Grimsson. The Center consists of three buildings, the warehouse, the merchant house and the reception hall. It was opened by actor and playwright Kjartan Ragnarsson and his wife in 2006.
Safnahús Borgarfjarðar (Borgarfjörður museums) – Several small museums and collections in one building: A natural history collection, local history museum and an art collection, as well as the local archives and library. Two permanent exhibitons: • Children Throughout a Century! An extraordinary exhibition about children in Iceland in the 20th century. Photographs play an imortant role. • Oh to be a bird! A great exhibition showing the rich bird life of Iceland in a new perspective. Exhibitions are open May-August every day 1-5 p.m, winter opening hours week days 1-4 p.m. Other opening hours according to pre arrangement. Library: open weekdays all year round 1-6 p.m.
Bjössaróló Park – a children’s play park created by carpenter and environmental pioneer Björn Hjörtur Guðmundsson, who built all the play equipment himself from salvaged discarded materials, teaching children the value of recycling, frugality and inventiveness.
Skallagrímsgarður botanic garden – The park abounds with different species of trees and flowers that have been planted since the park opened in 1930. The park is a popular recreational area and ideal for picnics and other outdoor activities. Skallagrímsgarður Park is an important historical site, as it holds the burial mound where Egill Skallagrímsson, one of the heroes from the Icelandic Sagas, laid his father to final rest. His father’s name was Skallagrímur Kveldúlfsson (Bald Grim), and their story is told in Egil’s Saga. Shortly after Egill buried Skallagrímur, he suffered the loss of his son, Böðvar (Bodvar). Egill laid Böðvar to rest by his grandfather’s side in the mound. In the park, you will find a bas-relief depicting Egill taking Böðvar’s body to the mound on a horse.
Borgarnes Swimming Pool– The sporting center facilitates a 25 x 12,5 m outdoor pool, 3 water slides, a wading pool, 2 hot tubs, one of them with a special massage water beam, bubbling water area, 12,5 x 8 m indoor pool, a steam bath directly from Deildartunguhver, sauna and some benches to enjoy the sunshine.
Húsafell – A pearl between lava fields and glaciers, Húsafell is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Iceland. Here you will find a swimming pool and a campingsite surrounded by magnificent landscape.