Borgarfjörður Eystri (Bakkagerði)

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Bakkagerði is a small 100-person village located in Borgarfjörður Eystri (65.541824, -13.817115) in east Iceland. The fjord is short and wide and there are many beautiful mountains. The mountains consist of lipid and basalt which make them really beautiful and colorful. Álfaborg ,not far from the village, is considered a home to the queen of the elves in Iceland. Many places are also related to stories about elves and human relations, e.g. Church clan which is the church of the elves in Borgarfjörður eystri. Bakkagerði’s main business sectors are agriculture and small-scale fishing.

Accommodation
In Bakkagerði you will find accommodation in the form of guesthouses and hostels . You can also get accommodation in a special house at the farm Borg in Njarðvík which is 10 km from Borgarfjörður Eystri. Camping sites (65.524000, -13.808611) can be found just west of Álfaborg. The camp site has all general services such as showers, electricity for mobile homes, cooking facilities etc.

Services and leisure
Services in Borgarfjörður Eystri include restaurants, coffee houses, grocery stores, health care, auto repair and banking. At Borgarfjörður Eystri there are many interesting hiking trails in beautiful nature. You can go for organized walks. The area is also well suited for exploring rare plants, and there are also very good facilities for bird watching and especially for puffin exploration.

Annual Festival
Bræðslan (https://braedslan.is/en/braedslan/) is a music festival that has been held annually in Borgarfjörður Eystri since 2005. Many of Iceland’s best-known musicians perform. The festival is held annually in July.

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