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Saga Geopark Project

Saga Geopark Project
Saga Geopark

Saga Geopark project was established in march 2013,it is like Geoparks frequently are, a grass root, community driven initiative supported by the municipality of Borgarbyggð
-West Iceland. it is composed of voluntaries supported by many scientific advisors on geo diversity and heritage, museums and institutions in the area. The Geopark will send an application in October 2015 to the UNESCO European Geoparks to become a member of this network. 

The Total area of the aspiring Geopark is 2.270 square kilometers, it has magnificent diversity of varied geology where fire and ice are still shaping the area. This combination of fire and ice makes room green rolling hills with birch forests to barren landscapes next to glaciers. In the area it is Possible to find many geological and aesthetic sites, including lava caves, beautiful waterfalls, glaciers, hot springs, wetlands, rock formations, ravines and northern lights. In connection to the natural landscape of the Geopark, ecological , archeological, historical and cultural values will be included and highlighted as part of a holistic approach of protection. Education and sustainable development.

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West Iceland

Towns & Villages

The population centres in West Iceland are as varied as they are many. Ten places have over 50 residents and Akranes is the most densely populated with 6,500 inhabitants. 

All of the larger communities put ever-increasing emphasis on dynamic tourism where a wide selection of recreation and services are offered.   

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Map Hellissandur, Rif Grundarfjörður Stykkishólmur Búðardalur Dalir Arnarstapi Hellnar Snæfellsnes Bifröst Húsafell Reykholt Borgarfjörður Hvanneyri Borgarnes Hvalfjörður Akranes Ólafsvík Bjarteyjarsandur