This tour begins at the old-fashioned village of Bakkargerði, a perfect place to begin learning about some of Iceland's mysterious folklore. This quiet village, with a population of only a hundred residents, is known as the home of some of the largest colonies of 'hidden people' in Iceland.
Home of the elves
Next to the village lies a large rocky hill called Álfaborg ('City of Elves'). Álfaborg is home to the queen of the Icelandic elves. The nearby fjord Borgarfjörður has numerous stories of relations between its elfin and human residents. Many places around here are connected with elves and "hidden people," including Kirkjusteinn, or the "church of the elves": a huge, church-shaped shaped rock in Kækjudalur valley.
Churches, handicraft and a haunted place
Not far from Álfaborg is the local church, with its remarkable altarpiece painted in 1914 by the renowned artist Kjarval, who was born here. One of the most popular sights for visitors to the area is a small, well-kept turf house, Lindarbakki. The house is rightly regarded as a treasure within the community, as the oldest part of the building dates from 1899.
At Hafnarhólmi, you might see dozens of bird species, such as puffins, fulmars and kittiwakes, flying around. Before we continue to Seyðisfjörður, we'll visit the local shop where you can buy handmade souvenirs from the Borgarfjörður community. Following that, we will take a photo stop at Njardvikurscree, the crossroad at Njarðvíkurskriður that was once difficult to pass and believed to be haunted.
There will also be a short comfort stop at the town of Egillstaður, before we drive along the winding road over the mountain pass of Fjarðarheiði, which has many small, beautiful waterfalls. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.