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Borg

Originally the home of Skalla-Grimur, father of Egill, hero of Egil´s Saga. Its full name means "rock in the marshes".

The farmstead was defined by Kveld-Ulfur, Egill Skalla-Grimsson's grandfather, who got on the wrong side of King Harald Fairhair of Norway and fled to Iceland.

As they approached Iceland on their way from Norway, Kveld-Ulfur became ill and knew he would die. He instructed his son to make a coffin for him, place his body in it and throw it overboard. The son was to select the site for the family farm where the coffin washed ashore. This happened to be at Borg, where Egill's father settled and raised his family.

Today you can see a small church, the large rock that gave the place its name and an interesting sculpture at Borg by Asmundur Sveinsson commemorating Egil´s poem, Loss of a Son. A thoughtful reflection on the emptiness he felt after his son's death.

Borg
GPS Points N64° 33' 42.415" W21° 54' 54.523"
Postal code

311

Road number

54

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  • 310 Borgarnes
  • 437-1560, 841-6530
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  • 311 Borgarnes
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  • Skúlagata 21
  • 310 Borgarnes
  • 848-1129, 779-1879
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  • 311 Borgarnes
  • 896-3749, 893-3749
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  • 422-2210
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  • 310 Borgarnes
  • 437-1333, 552-2202
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  • 310 Borgarnes
  • 437-1663, 437-2000
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  • Fálkaklettur 4
  • 310 Borgarnes
  • 666-8030
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