IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ELVES: THE ENCHANTING VILLAGE OF BAKKAGEROI AND VISIT TO A BIRD COLONY
Sightseen, Less than 1 hour walking, 50
In a nutshell An excursion of themed visits based on a series of stories featuring magical folk from Icelandic popular culture.
Good to know
- Borgarfjörður Eystri, home of the Queen of the Elves
- Njardvikurskridur cross, an insurmountable boundary protected by the spirits
- Bakkagerði, inhabited by a colony of Huldufólk or hidden people
- Alfaborg, the city of the Elves.
- We leave Seyðisfjörður and take a winding toad that leads us to the Fjardarheidi passage, interrupted by numerous little waterfalls: an incredible spectacle!
- We pass Egilsstaðir, a major economic centre for East Iceland, continuing towards the Borgarfjörður Eystri fjord, renowned for the enchanting beauty of its landscapes and for the popular legend of the queen of the elves, said to live here.
- We'll make a photo stop at the Njardvikurskridur cross (Njardvikurscree), a point that is difficult to pass and, according to an ancient legend, is infested with spirits.
- The peaceful village of Bakkagerði, with a population of around 100, is said to be home to a colony of Huldufólk, the so-called hidden people of Icelandic folklore.
- Next to the village is a high rocky hill called Alfaborg (or 'city of the elves'), from which the Borgarfjörður fjord takes its name. A short distance from the village, the church boasts a magnificent altar painted in 1914 by the renowned artist Kjarval, a native of Alfaborg. One of the most popular sights among visitors venturing as far as Bakkagerði is Lindarbakki, an immaculate little house entirely covered in grass, rightly considered an asset for the entire community. The oldest parts date back to 1899 and were partially renovated a few years ago.
- Near the small port of Hafnarholmi, we'll have the opportunity to observe dozens of bird species including puffins, fulmars and black-legged kittiwakes. In recognition for the care taken of the buildings and the excellent accessibility, Hafnarholmi has been awarded the International blue flag, a voluntary eco-label awarded to seaside resorts that respect criteria of sustainable management.
- A short distance away, we arrive at the observation platform that provides a wealth of information on the bird species that populate the area.
- Before returning to Seyðisfjörður, we stop at a small shop where we can purchase souvenirs hand-made by the community of Borgarfjörður and have lunch at a typical restaurant.
Good to know
- Places on this excursion are limited. We recommend booking early.