Bjarg



Bjarg

A small and cosy family-run guesthouse at a beautiful location by the ocean, on the outskirts of town Borgarnes. The town is the service- and shopping centre of this Southwest Iceland region, located 74 km / 46 mi from capital Reykjavík. The guesthouse is a renovated farmhouse on an old farm. The surroundings are peaceful, but all services are very close by. You can enjoy many outdoor activities and day tours in the region and beyond. Open all year.  

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Amentities

  • Shared bathroom (Cat.I)
  • Private bathroom (Cat.III)
  • Family rooms 3+
  • Cottage
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Cooking facilities
  • TV
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Walking / Hiking trails
  • Ocean view

In the area

  • Borgarnes 1 km
  • Restaurant 1-3 km
  • The Settlement Centre 2.5 km
  • Swimming pool 2 km
  • Golf 3 km
  • Snæfellsnes peninsula
  • Reykholt 42 km

Accommodation

A private apartment for four with a bathroom and kitchen, or a private wing with one double room and two family rooms (double bed and bunk bed), and shared bathrooms and kitchen facilities. Once, these buildings served as stables, barns and poultry houses, but have been totally renewed and tastefully decorated.
The third option is a private house behind the farm, with two double / twin rooms, a sofa bed, a bathroom, a well-equipped kitchen and dining room, and with a wonderful view over the Borgarfjörður fjord.
All rooms have a TV and free Wi-Fi.

 
Board

The breakfast buffet is served in the guesthouse’s dining hall. Guests will find diners and restaurants, as well as supermarkets, in town.

 
Service and recreation

Many interesting hiking routes close to town and around the region. Day tours to many of the most popular attractions, and west to the Snæfellsnes peninsula (Eldborg crater, 40 km / 25 mi; Snæfellsjökull National Park, 120 km / 74.5 mi). You can visit some of the town’s interesting museums, such as the Settlement Centre and the Edduveröld Exhibition on Norse mythology. A large swimming pool at the centre of town. An 18-hole golf course, Hamarsvöllur, just outside town limits (3 km / 1.8 mi). Ölvaldsstaðir rents out horses to riders of any age (8.5 km / 5 mi).

 
Norðurárdalur valley, Glanni waterfall, and Grábrók crater

Bjarg is ideal for those who intend to tour Borgarfjörður. The “Ring Road” (the colloquial name for the circumnavigating highway no 1) passes through Borgarnes and continues north along Norðurárdalur valley, where the University of Bifröst stands in truly unique surroundings formed by volcanic activity long before the settlement. Here you will find one of Iceland’s most famous salmon river, Norðurá, and waterfall Glanni. There are many interesting hikes to try out in this realm, such as up crater Grábrók, right by the Ring Road (170 m / 557 ft.).

 
Hraunfossar waterfall, Húsafell, glacier tours, lava caves

The Hraunfossar waterfall (56 km / 35 mi) is an ever-popular subject for photographers and a truly beautiful part of nature. Húsafell (58 km / 36 mi) is a popular outdoor area and pit stop, where you can have an unforgettable day close to where Iceland’s highlands take over from the region’s grassy valleys. This is a tempting area for hikers and mountaineers, and you can go on glacier tours and explore the region’s caves.

 
The past meets the present

The town Borgarnes is lively and quaint. The Settlement Centre has a permanent exhibition on Iceland’s settlement in the 9th and 10th centuries, and guests can also learn about poet and Viking Egill Skallagrímsson. He grew up at farm Borg, close to Borgarnes. At the Edduveröld Exhibition, guests can learn about Norse mythology. What we know about heathen Iceland and Norse mythology is largely thanks to Snorri Sturluson (1179 – 1241), a scholar and author who lived in Reykholt (40 km / 25 mi), where you can visit Snorrastofa, a cultural and medieval centre.

Hosts: Heiður Hörn, Þorsteinn and Guðrún

 

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