Although a tiny village, Borgarfjörður Eystri has one significant advantage, it is placed in a beautiful landscape surrounded by stunning mountains. It is one of a few remaining small municipality in Iceland that has not merged with any other municipality, which has been a major trend in recent years. One reason is probably the distance and isolation from other towns and villages. For anyone travelling the Ring Road it takes approximately three hours to drive to the village and back from Egissstaðir and the road is quite challenging. The village is worth visiting and the landscape striking.
Although isolated the village was a trading place
In the late 19th century a small trading place opened an annex from the merchants Örum & Wollf from Vopnafjörður. At a similar time, another entrepreneur started a small trading place and a fish and fish processing venture. The companies remain in operation until the thirties. In the 20th century, most of the livelihood and development in the village was based on fishing and fish processing. The activity never amounted to much but in the sixties, a Herring plant was built at the end of the Herring frenzy in Iceland. After the Herring stock had collapsed and disappeared so did the economic base for the Herring factory.
A struggling community with limited resources
Today the village is struggling to provide service to the 100 residents remaining in the village. The economy is mostly based on fish and fishing. A small preschool is operated and so is a primary and a secondary school. The village has a church, a community centre, and some sports facilities. Interestingly during summer, this tiny village has a restaurant open, Álfacafé.
The tiny village of Borgarfjörður eystri, remote but attractive
Iceland's most renowned painter, Jóhannes Kjarval, grew up near the village and painted the altarpiece in the little church in the village. Anyone visiting Borgarfjörður Eystri or Bakkagerði as the village is named should take the time to hike some of the beautiful trails in the neighbourhood. The small village of Borgarfjörður eystri, remote but interesting. For anyone visiting the Eastern Region in Iceland the 150 km loop is worth it.
If you are going to visit the Eastern Region in Iceland you might be looking for a places to stay. Here you can book from a selection of accommodationin the Borgarfjörður eystri region.