Blábjörg Guesthouse



Blábjörg Guesthouse

A guesthouse in a renovated old fish factory in Bakkagerði, a small fishing village in Borgarfjörður eystri, Northeast Iceland. Offers 11 bright and comfortable double rooms sharing three bathrooms and 4 apartments. Sauna and hot tubs. Beautiful fjord views. A great number of marked walking/hiking trails. An excellent location to enjoy rare natural beauty and bird life in these parts. Open all year.

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Amentities

  • Shared bathroom (Cat.I)
  • Apartment
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hot tub
  • Sauna
  • Cooking facilities
  • Laundry facilities
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Ocean view

In the area

  • Hiking and bird watching
  • Restaurant/café, sauna, hot tubs and a grocery shop in Bakkagerði (0 km)
  • Fairytail-house and Kjarval Experience (museum about Iceland's beloved painter Jóhannes S. Kjarval)
  • Puffin platform in Hafnarhólmi (15.04-10.08)
  • Stórurð and Dyrfjöll beautiful hiking area
  • Egilsstaðir 70 km
  • Seyðisfjörður village (ferry Norræna) 100 km

Accommodation

11 bright and comfortable double rooms with made-up beds, sharing three bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and a living room with TV/DVD and toys and games for the children. Also 4 apartments for 2-6 pers; 2 x studio apartment with one double room and a sleeping sofa, 1 x modern apartment with two bedrooms (double bed and twin bed) and 1 x modern apartment with 3 bedrooms (double bed and 2 twin bedrooms). Fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher. Seating area with flat screen TV. Washing machine. Outside patio. Free Wi-Fi. Easy wheelchair access. Laundry facilities. Spa and wellness centre with sauna and indoor and outdoor hot tubs.

 
Board

Breakfast is served at Blábjörg. Restaurants (open during summer season) and a supermarket in the village.

 
Service and recreation

Both short and long hiking trails around Borgarfjörður eystri and the neighbouring areas. Cycling. Further information on available options and a hiking map at the guesthouse and other places, such as the supermarket. Birdwatching; Hafnarhólmi (close to Blábjörg) offers facilities for puffin watching (15.4. – 10.8.). Fairy-tale house for children and the Kjarval Experience, a museum on the life and work of one of Iceland's most renowned painters, Jóhannes Kjarval (1885 – 1972), who grew up here from the age of four. The nearest town is Egilsstaðir (70 km / 43 mi) where you'll find various tourist services and scheduled domestic flight services. Seyðisfjörður, where ferry Norræna stops, is 100 km / 62 mi away.

 
An EDEN Destination

Borgafjörður eystri has been among Europe´s "EDEN" destinations since the year 2012. Eden is the acronym for European Destinations of Excellence, a project promoting sustainable tourism.

 
A paradise for hikers and nature enthusiasts

From Borgarfjörður eystri emerges a 10-km /6.2-mi-long valley with astoundingly beautiful mountains on either side. Most prominent are the Dyrfjöll mountains, luring hikers and nature lovers alike. Blábjörg is well suited to those who love hiking, whether along the beach, through a quiet valley or in the mountains. Nearly 30 marked trails are in the neighbouring area, around 150 km /93.2 mi in total, which offer endless opportunities to enjoy magnificent nature, tranquillity and the unique light characteristic of northern regions.

 
Víknaslóðir – one of the country's most popular outdoor areas

Across the heaths and mountain passes south of Borgafjörður eystri lie enchanting trails to the once inhabited areas in Víkur and Loðmundarfjörður, an area with widespread settlements up until the middle of the 20th century, now one of the most popular hiking and camping areas in Northeast Iceland. A trail for 4x4 vehicles to town Húsavík and fjord Loðmundarfjörður is open from July to September. This is an ideal area for hikers, be it a short day trip or a longer trip with backpack and tents. Organised guided hiking tours of up to six days are offered a few times every summer. A good hiking map is available.

 
Dyrfjöll, Stórurð, Innra-Hvanngil in Njarðvík

The Dyrfjöll mountains take their name from a prominent pass in the mountain cliff Dyr. To the west under Dyr is Stórurð, a magical natural phenomenon varied with rocks, green ponds and grassy hollows, remnants of a glacier in the last ice age. Stórurð (a day's journey) can be approached from several places, via marked trails, e.g. from Bakkagerði and Vatnsskarð (where the road leads to Borgafjörður eystri). Innra-Hvanngil, quite deep in Njarðvík (10 km / 6.2 mi) is also well worth a visit; you can drive a short way up by the ravine and then take a gentle hike into the ravine itself which is an unusually colourful and charming world of rhyolite and basalt.

 
Hosts: Helgi
 

 

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