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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

History Museum
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“Settlement- & Egils Saga exhibition Offering a wealth of information, the Settlement Center provides a wonderful insight into Iceland’s history. It also gives you the chance to put your visit into the context of the country’s past. The exhibitions recreate the fascinating drama of the sagas and the birth of this island nation. They also bring to life one of Iceland’s most important cultural treasures, Egils Saga. The exhibitions at the Settlement Center tell the story of the first settlers and the story of Iceland’s most important saga – Egils Saga. Egill Skalla-Grimson was a famous Viking and poet and his father and was one of the first settlers and his family settled at Borg near Borgarnes. The goal is to make the ancient sagas accessible to all ages. Multi-media and theatrical techniques are employed to help the visitor experience first hand the excitement of setting off over the open ocean for lands unknown. The audio guided storytelling programs are available in 15 languages.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A bakery and a coffee shop where it is nice to sit and enjoy the beautiful scenery”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The restaurant has a one-of-a-kind view towards the sea, with its islands and rocks, teaming with bird life, as well as the occasional curious seal. The terrace extending south of the restaurant gives a good shelter from the north and north-eastern breeze. It is a real treat to sit there in the sun enjoying good food and drinks in a good company.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“When you are sitting at Kaffi Kyrrð, you feel like you are in your grandma's living room! They have good sandwiches, waffles and coffee. Quirky and cosy, and well worth the visit! ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Premise
“the local garden in Borgarnes is called Skallagrímsgaður. it's a small public garden you can walk through and also just sit down and just enjoy...”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 4 locals recommend
Premise
“There is an indoor pool with a lot of toys for the kids. The outdoor area has three Jacuzzis, a sauna, three water slides and a big pool for swimming. Great activity, especially if you are travelling with kids! ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Library
“Among other things in the museum, there are two great exhibitions. One is Children Throughout a Century, which is a narrative of Iceland´s history in the 20th century; photographs play a major role. The other exhibition is called Oh to be a bird! and shows the birds of Iceland in very special surroundings, a sight to see.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“In the sports stadium, you will find both an outside and an inside swimming pool, hot tubs, a steam bath which is fed with steam straight from the Deildartunguhver hot spring, a children’s pool and water slides. All in all, an excellent health spa.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Food
“Ljómalind Farmers Market is a fair trade, regional and seasonal co-op. Its aim is to offer a great variety of high quality arts and crafts, it also offers delicacies most of which are straight from the farm. All products are made in West Iceland.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Nice little playground. In the beginning, an old man built it next to his house. Everything was made of wood.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Hostel
“In Hotel B59 you can watch football games and have a great dinner or lunch(small buffet) for a fair price.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Church
“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. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“Good food, a lot to choose from. Somewhere between fine dining and fast food. Located in the center of Borgarnes.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“Filipino food and burgers, great place for families and beer. This is where the locals have bar night! it can be fun just to people watch. The owners are super sweet.”
  • 2 locals recommend