The small, quiet village of Bakkagerði has a population of only 100 and is reputed to be the home of some of the largest colonies of ‘hidden people’ in Iceland.
The City of Elves
Next to the village rises a large, rocky hill called Álfaborg (‘City of Elves’). Not far from this mythical city is the local church, with its remarkable altarpiece painted in 1914 by renowned and much-loved Icelandic artist Kjarval, who was born in the area. One of the most popular sites for those coming to the village is a small, well-kept turf house, Lindarbakki, which dates from 1899.
At Hafnarhólmi, we’ll enjoy the opportunity to see dozens of bird species. We might spot puffins, fulmars and kittiwakes flying around.
Leaving Bakkagerði, we’ll drive the winding road over the mountain-pass of Fjarðarheiði, which has numerous small and beautiful waterfalls. We’ll pass the town Egilsstaðir, the commercial centre of East Iceland.
We’ll make a short photo stop at the cross at Njarðvíkurskriður (Njardvikurscree) a site long believed to be haunted.