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Hvanneyri

For centuries Hvanneyri has been a chuch centre and a small comunity of 250 inhabitants formed around agricultural organizations. The main one is the Agricultural Universtity, which traces its roots back to 1889.

The little church now standing in Hvanneyri was built in 1905.

The Agricultural Museum exhibits antique tractors and farming tools and Ullarselid is a woollen and handicrafts workshop.
From Reykjavik City Centre: 80 km.

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Hvanneyri
GPS Points N64° 33' 48.028" W21° 45' 59.273"
Postal codes

311

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Hestaferðir Stóra Kálfalæk 2
Travel Agency
  • Stóri Kálfalækur 2
  • 311 Borgarnes
  • 437-1822, 849-5468
Hawk The Beard Tours
Day Tours
  • Sóltún 4
  • 311 Borgarnes
  • 845-3637
Coldspot
Day Tours
  • Lóuflöt 8
  • 311 Borgarnes
  • 869-1033
Skrifla Golf Club
Golf Courses
  • Nes, Reykholtsdal
  • 311 Borgarnes
  • 435-1472, 893-3889
Kimpfler
Travel Agency
  • Hrafnkelsstaðir
  • 311 Borgarnes
  • 896-3749, 893-3749
Iceland By Horse
Day Tour Provider
  • Litla Drageyri
  • 311 Borgarnes
  • 697-9139
Karólína Hulda Guðmundsdóttir
Hiking Tours - Hiking
  • Fitjar, Skorradalur
  • 311 Borgarnes
  • 893-2789
Þóra Sif Kópsdóttir
Day Tours
  • Ystu-Garðar
  • 311 Borgarnes
  • 845-6647

Others

Nes
Cottages
  • Víðines 21
  • 311 Borgarnes
  • -
Raufarnes Apartment
Bed & Breakfast
  • Rauðanes 2
  • 311 Borgarnes
  • 437-1720, 898-9240
Holt
Cottages
  • Helluskógur 7
  • 311 Borgarnes
  • -
Stafholtsey
Guesthouses
  • Stafholtsey
  • 311 Borgarnes
  • 868-6598, 840-1567
Varmaland Camping Ground
Camping
  • Stafholtstungur
  • 311 Borgarnes
  • 775-1012
Eiðhús apartments
Apartments
  • Eiðhús
  • 311 Borgarnes
  • -
Lundur and Klettur
Cottages
  • Brókarstígur 17 & 18
  • 311 Borgarnes
  • -
Crater Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Brekkuland, Skáli
  • 311 Borgarnes
  • 892-0606
Bakki and Holt
Cottages
  • Helluskógur 10&7
  • 311 Borgarnes
  • -
Bakki
Cottages
  • Helluskógur 10
  • 311 Borgarnes
  • -
Hreðavatn
Cottages
  • Hreðavatn 30 (F2109234)
  • 311 Borgarnes
  • 892-8882
Straumfjardara Fishing Lodge
Guesthouses
  • Dal v/Straumfjarðará
  • 311 Borgarnes
  • 864-7315, 894-4096, 435-6674
Lundur
Cottages
  • Brókarstígur 17
  • 311 Borgarnes
  • -
Hvassafell 2
Guesthouses
  • Hvassafell 2
  • 311 Borgarnes
  • -

Others

Munaðarnes Restaurant
Restaurants
  • Munaðarnes
  • 311 Borgarnes
  • 776-8008
Hvanneyri Pub
Restaurants
  • Hvanneyrartorfa
  • 311 Borgarnes
  • 8213538
Hundastapi
Farm food direct
  • Hundastapi
  • 311 Borgarnes
  • 437-2352, 836-1252, 895-2352
The Grill House
Restaurants
  • Brúartorg 6
  • 311 Borgarnes
  • 437-1282
Nature
Olkelda mineral spring

At the farm Olkelda, near Stadarstadur, in the south of Snaefellsnes, there is a mineral spring with carbonated water.

Mineral springs are said to have healing properties, so feel free to take a sip.

The farmhouse is named Olkelda which means mineral spring in Icelandic.

History and Culture
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.

Nature
Krosslaug-natural pool

Krosslaug is in the area of Reykir in Lundareikjadalur and is about 50 meters above the road. The pool is small but the heat of the water is about 42°C. there is a myth stating a healing power of the water in the pool. The surrounding is beautiful and the pool is pretty clean for a natural hot spring.

History and Culture
Hvanneyri

One of the men of saga hero Egill Skallagrímsson founded the rich farm of Hvanneyri at the time of settlement.

In today's village you may find the Agricultural University of Iceland which is very engaged in the protection of the environment.

Hvanneyri is also the siege of the Icelandic museum for Agriculture and Ullarselið, a wool shop.

In the springtime and autumn a lot of White-fronted Goose stay around the village, they are under protection in the area.

Nature
Paradise Hollow

Paradise Hollow is a beautiful small oasis near the impressive waterfall Glanni.

There is a walking path from the car park to Paradise Hollow and the waterfall. A viewing deck offers a good view of the Glanni waterfall.

A coffee shop is open during the summer months.

Nature
Troll Waterfalls

The Troll Waterfalls of the Grimsa river. There is a clear formation in the form of a troll face in the cliff by the river bank.

Take the troll walk and learn about trolls, folk tales and places that connect to the nature and scenery at Fossatun.

An extraordinary view and good spot to see the Skessuhorn mountain peak. Excellent for witnessing jumping salmon in the summer.

Nature
Longufjorur Beach

Longufjorur is a light sandy beach on the south shore of Snaefellsnes peninsula. This beach is perfect for horseriding with a guide.

Nature
Skorradalur Valley

Skorradalur is the southernmost valley in Borgarfjörður. The Skorradalur lake fills up most of the valley but the lowlands in the west are wide moorlands. There is very little traditional farming practiced today but summerhouses are becoming increasingly common and forests are growing from year to year. The Hvanneyri parish is situated at Fitjar which is deep in the valley. Forestry at Stálpastaðir is in the northern part of the valley where there are beutiful hiking trails. The camping site at Selsskógur is surrounded by lush vegetation, creating good shelter on the banks of the Skorradalur lake.

Nature
Stálpastaða forest

Stálpastaðir, the farm is abandoned but there are many birch-bushes. Haukur Thors gave the land to the Forestry Service in 1951, since when it has been protected and used for the rather successful cultivation of evergreens.

Nature
Baula

Baula is a volcanic mountain of a very special pyramidic form. It measures 934 m in height. The mountain is a 3 million years old intrusion, consisting of liparit stone.

For people in good shape, it is well possible to hike up on the mountain from Bjarnardalur, road number 60. But its sides are very steep and there are big and loose stones on the way. On the other hand, the view of the top is very rewarding and you can write into a guestbook there.

Nature
Skessuhorn

Skessu­horn (967 m) is a particularly impressive and outstanding peak when the range is viewed from the north. Skessu­horn is located in Borgarfjörður it takes 5-6 hours to hike the mountain and you will need good equipment.

Nature
Grabrok Crater

The largest of three craters in a short volcanic fissure.

Beautiful scenery over Borgarfjordur is from the top of the Grabrok crater. Mt. Grabrok can be ascended by a marked trail from the main Ring road no. 1.

Nature
Glanni Waterfall

The Glanni Waterfall on the Norðurá River is said to be the dwelling place of elves and trolls. However, during our visit, we noticed that this waterfall was situated near a golf course nearby an old lava flow (called the Grábrókarhraun lava field) and the hamlet of Bifröst. The falls was one of those wide river-type waterfalls that we saw quite a few of in the country, but this one segmented into at least three side-by-side drops as well as each one having multiple tiers.

Nature
Eldborg Crater

A beautifully-formed crater rising 60m above the surrounding lava.

The spatter cone is the largest crater along a short volcanic rift, 200 m in diameter and 50 m deep. Its last eruption was about 5000-6000 years ago. According to medieval chronics there was also one around the time of the colonisation of Iceland about 1000 years ago, but today it is known that it came from another of the many craters of the valley Hnappadalur which are part of the volcanic system Ljosufjoll, the mountains of the light.

It is easiest to approach Eldborg from Snorrastadir on its southern side, walking 2,5 km through the shrub-covered lava field. It is possible to walk all the way around the crater as well as up it.

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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