Place of the week – Borg near Borgarnes West Iceland

Borg is a church and parsonage just outside Borgarnes in West Iceland (by road no 54). Originally settled by Skallagrímur Kveldúlfsson father of the poet Egill Skallagrímsson of Egils saga. Egill continued to live and farm at Borg.

Many of his relatives and descendants lived there, including Snorri Sturluson for a time. The Settlement Centre in Borgarnes tells you the story of Egill.

There has been a church at Borg ever since Iceland was Christianised around the year 1000.

The present church at Borg was built in 1880.

Place of the week – Borgarfjörður eystri in East Iceland

Borgarfjörður eystri is a proud member of EDEN since 2012. EDEN is the acronym for European Destinations of Excellence, a project promoting sustainable tourism.

With a total of 88 inhabitants, the area has plenty to offer, including some of the most populated elfin settlements in Iceland and a tremendous variety of hiking routes.

Not only does the area boast a spectacular landscape, a dream for every outdoor enthusiast, but also a good range of accommodation and services.

There is great natural beauty in the area, as it is still untouched by mass tourism.

Fur further information see their homepage borgarfjordureystri.is

Place of the Week – Museum Weekend in the Reykjanes Region

This weekend all the museums in Reykjanesbær, Grindavík, Garður, Sandgerði and Vogar in the Reykjanes Region have teamed up and offer a special welcome to guests from all over to discover the wonderful museums and exhibitions the region has to offer.

Over 30 places to visit with even more events. One of the highlights this weekend is the opening of a brand new exhibition in the Icelandic Museum of Rock‘n Roll, dedicated to Iceland‘s biggest popstar Páll Óskar, titled „Paul Oscar – A Popstar‘s Private Collection.“

Entrance to all the museums and events is free for the weekend and we strongly recommend a ride to Reykjanes Region this weekend. You will receive a warm welcome.

The whole program is available on safnahelgi.is.

Place of the week – Snæfellsjökull West Iceland

Snæfellsjökull is a 700,000-year-old stratovolcano with a glacier covering its summit.

It is situated on the most western part of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. It can easily been seen from the city of Reykjavík over the bay of Faxaflói, at a distance of 120 km.

The mountain is one of the most famous sites of Iceland, primarily due to the novel Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864) by Jules Verne, in which the protagonists find the entrance to a passage leading to the center of the earth on Snæfellsjökull.

The mountain is included in the Snæfellsjökull National Park. In August 2012 the summit was ice-free for the first time in recorded history.