The town of Borgarnes, population slightly less than 2000 people, is probably one of the busiest tourist towns in Iceland, at least when Icelanders are traveling in their country. The reason is likely to be a bridge that was built over Borgarfjörður in the early eighties. At that point, the main highway, the ring road, was moved from outside the town, through the middle of the town. Somehow someone figured out soon after, that people coming from Reykjavik became terribly hungry after passing the new bridge. This is still true, and time has reviled the same fact about people coming into the town of Borgarnes from the north, before crossing the bridge. The answer to this urge for food and refreshments was to build gas stations and service centers in Borgarnes on the land at the end of the bridge.
Attractive town overshadowed by commercial activity
In recent years, the town's center and most of its business activity have moved to this spot. Unfortunately for Borgarnes, as well as for visitors, all this activity around gas, food, and beverage overshadows what is interesting about Borgarnes. The town has one of the most beautiful locations of all towns and villages in Iceland. Mostly placed on rocks and small hills that are quite spectacular. Borgarnes also has its island.
Borgarnes has more connection to agriculture than most towns
Although the Book of Settlements doesn't mention Borgarnes or nearby areas, the area has a significant role in Egil´s Saga, on of the books of the Icelandic Sagas. After the Middle Ages up until the eighteen century, most of the history of the area evolved around small farming and hardship. It wasn’t until the middle of the eighteenth century that the place started to develop as a town and a trading post.
Today most of the homes are single-family houses although a few apartment buildings have risen in recent years. All houses and businesses in Borgarnes are heated with geothermal heating from Reykjavík Energy, the Reykjavík heating and power company. Borgarnes is a part of the green energy revolution that started in Iceland more than half a century ago.
A municipal that offers good service to its residents
As a municipal the town offers similar good quality service to residents as do most towns and villages in Iceland. There are preschools, a primary school as well as a middle school and a library. Borgarnes has an excellent swimming pool as well as a sports center and a soccer field. In Borgarnes, there is also a music school that has offered music lessons since 1967. The town, like many towns in Iceland, also has a local museum.Borgarnes has all the necessary facilities and service a modern day tourist town needs to offer. A variety of accommodation, nice cafés, and restaurants, gas stations and much more.
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