Borgarfjordur Eystri, North-East Iceland.
Borgarfjordur Eystri is the name given to the area around a fjord in the the North-Eastern part of Iceland. The area mainly populated is a small, lesser known town called Bakkagerdi, of which there are around 80 inhabitants. The main economy in the area is fishing and tourism, although tourism is mostly during the Summer months (June-September). The fjord is massively popular for hikers, with around 27 marked trails in the local vicinity offering a wide range of mountain and seascapes to be explored, varying between long mountainous walks and shorter coastal strolls. The town is also home to the Huldufolk (hidden people), the folklore for which is very popular in Borgarfjordur Eystri. They believe that one location within the town of Bakkagerdi, called Alfaborg, is home to the Queen of the Elves – Borghildur.
There are several accommodation options in the town, ranging from Guesthouses to Campsites, however the one I am recommending is Blabjorg Guesthouse. This beautiful ‘home from home’ offers everything you could possibly need for a short, yet fulfilling authentic Icelandic stopover. After adventuring along the mountainous gravel road to get to the guesthouse, you will be welcomed by the astonishing outlook over the sea and the mountains beyond. Whether you’re gazing out of the guesthouse window or hiking for hours into the wilderness, the views are impeccable, and the situ of the guesthouse couldn’t take more advantage of these surroundings.
Once inside the guesthouse, you will see that the kitchen/dining area takes full advantage of this view, as do six of the total eleven rooms the guesthouse has to offer. Set up as single, double or twin to suit your needs, the rooms are clean and well furnished, with underfloor heating controls individual to each room so you can get perfectly comfortable. Three shower rooms are situated in the guesthouse, so there’s little waiting around to freshen up. The kitchen area is also fully equipped and available for guests to use if you prefer to self-cater. With oven, hob and all cooking utensils and equipment ready to use, you’ll be able to whip up something delicious; but be warned, the local shop may not always be open at a time that’s convenient for you, so if you’re an avid self-caterer, be sure to stock up on all of your ingredients in Egilsstadir before travelling to Borgarfjordur. There’s a guest fridge in the kitchen so you don’t have to worry about food storage once you’re there, and having a dishwasher on hand means you can still relax and put your feet up on holiday, without having to do the dishes. (That being said, the view from the sink may entice you to do the dishes just as an excuse to gaze dreamily out of the window.) There is also a lounge area situated just off the kitchen/diner, which has a comfy sofa and a tv if you’d prefer to spend an evening relaxing there.
Breakfast is served in the kitchen/dining area, and comprises of cereals, breads (including delicious home-baked Icelandic Spice Bread), home-made jams and marmalades, meats, cheese, fruits and vegetables, fresh fruit juice and freshly brewed teas and coffee.
For those of you wishing to have a more private experience in Bakkagerdi, two fully furnished apartments are on offer at Blabjorg Guesthouse. Both apartments are open plan, providing accommodation for up to four guests (or five upon request), along with a private shower room and your own kitchen facilities. You also have use of your own lounge and dining area, and your own tv. Don’t worry, staying at the apartments will not compromise the view, as you open your apartment door onto a decked seating area that is practically on the pebble shore, so you’ll have no problem soaking in the atmosphere and scenery from here.
If the stunning setting and wonderful catering isn’t quite enough for you, then fear not. The owners of Blabjorg Guesthouse have one more pretty majestic trick up their sleeve. ‘The Temple’. This is the on-site spa that is completely free for guests of Blabjorg to use. With an indoor hot tub and infra-red sauna on offer, as well as two more outdoor hot tubs, a cold pool and a traditional barrel steam sauna, all you’ll need is a glass of wine in hand, and you’ll get the best nights sleep you’ve ever had. The facilities at the spa comprise of showers, toilets and lockers for guests to use before entering. Again, taking full advantage of the location, all of the facilities over look the waves tiptoeing up the pebble shore, the sun setting across the horizon in shades of pinks and yellows, and the mountains beyond growing into darkness as the sun falls. If you’re lucky enough, you may even get your own private aurora show whilst indulging in the outdoor hot tubs. The spa is open until 10pm daily, and is a must for anyone visiting the area.
So. If you’re looking for a romantic getaway with your considerable other, a group holiday with your friends, a family-friendly retreat, an action-packed adventure break or a relaxing weekend away, then Borgarfjordur Eystri most definitely needs to be on your list, and I know there’s no better place to be welcomed whilst you’re there than Blabjorg Guesthouse, but don’t take my word for it, have a look what previous guests have had to say about it via the link below.