Borgarfjordur Estuary is an isolated valley linked to the Fljotsdalsherad Plain in the north by a road over the Estuary Mountains, which take their name from the estuary of the present River Selfljot. The highest part of the road runs through the Vatnsskard Pass, some 1,200 feet above sea level, with a view down into the neighboring bay of Njardvik. Dyrfjalladalur Valley is at the bay's head, and Mt. Songhofsfjall lies to the northeast. Between Njardvik and Borgarfjordur there is a track called Njardvikurskridur (which translates as Njardvik screes), once known as the most dangerous path in Iceland because of its loose, rocky slopes. Today the Njardvik screes are negotiable by car, but around the year 1300, not only the screes, cliffs, and precipices inspired terror on the route -- a gully on the scree slopes was home to a terrible monster called the Rumbler. The Rumbler was human from the waist up but it which animal his lower half resembled was never recorded. Everyone knew that when the rocks started to rumble, it was because the Rumbler was about. He was most dangerous in the autumn and winter, and for a while was such a menace that people stopped using the route altogether. At the place now called Krossjadar, Jon from Njardvik challenged the Rumbler, and their encounter ended with the Rumbler tearing himself loose and throwing himself into the sea. On the edge of a small headland jutting into the sea, once known as Kidjabjorg, is the little village of Bakkagerdi and the sparsely populated surrounding countryside. Fishing is the main activity in the village, but is hindered by the poor natural harbor, as well as the fact that the fjord is open to the north and is relatively shallow. In the village you will visit the ‘Elf Hill’ home to the hidden people, stop in Álfasteinn the art and crafts shop, visit the church before heading to Hafnarhólmi where seabirds such as puffins can be watched from a short distance. The amazing surrounding mountains, along with the different types of Rocks and the birds “up close” - delivers the most perfect photographic opportunities!
Tour Duration: 6-7 hours
Tour can operate: Morning
Wheelchair Accessible: No
Physical Activity level: Moderate
Included: Transportation by private vehicle, guided tour, entrance fees. Pick up/drop off at the port.
Not Included: Meals