Borgarnes is the land of Egil's Saga, one of the most famous sagas in Icelandic literature. Despite a degree in English literature, with a special interest in Anglo-Saxon and Medieval literature, it wasn't until I actually moved to Iceland that I began to read their literature.
Reykjavik is a lovely city, but the real magic of Iceland happens just as soon as you leave the city and enter the beautiful countryside.
The first stop was The Settlement Center to visit the audio-guide narrated Saga Exhibition, which gives a great introduction to the setting of the medieval Icelandic world and also to the saga itself.
After reading about it in my Lonely Planet guidebook and hearing stellar reviews, we stopped at the Settlement Center restaurant for their all-vegetarian lunch buffet, which lived up to the hype. Our last stop in Borgarnes was the Ljómalind Farmers Market, where I was happy to find sugar free chocolate.
From there, we headed north to Snæfellsnes peninsula without any particular destination in mind, just enjoying the gorgeous scenery.
And also making some friends with Icelandic horses and some rebel sheep who had escaped from their fences.
Hafnarfjördur is so close to Reykjavik that I accessed it on the public buses. It is the third most populous city in Iceland, but is more well-known for its population of Hidden Folk than humans. For centuries, this city has fostered legends of elves, dwarves, and other magical beings.
These hidden folk are said to dwell at Hellisgeðri Park and during a walk through the garden, it is easy to believe in elvin magic.
Despite my best efforts to befriend the elves, I must not have second sight, because I didn't see any! I did, however, see a lot of the beautiful harbour.
Another worthwhile stop was the lovely cafe Norðurbakki. We went for lunch and enjoyed it so much, we decided to go back a second time. At this point, I had only been on insulin for about a week and a half so my glucose levels were still quite high. Considering that and my vegetarian diet, the lady working kindly offered to specially make me a salad! The cafe also had a lot of books and adorable decorations!
Just a half hour outside of Reykjavik, Hafnarfjörður offers a great retreat if you want a break from the city (or all the tourists!)
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