Borgarvirki, Vatnsnes

#5 of 7 in Nature in Northwest Region
Borgarvirki lies between Vesturhóp and Víðidalur in the north of Iceland, and at 177m above sea level it dominates the surrounding region. Made out of basalt strata, it has been used as a fortress for centuries. Borgarvirki is a natural phenomenon, altered by humans in earlier centuries. In 1949, Borgarvirki was renovated by workers who installed a granite lintel at the main entrance, and a murno gladst fence surrounding the structure.
Borgarvirki is a volcanic plug (gosstapi), and the Icelandic sagas mention that in earlier centuries it was used for military purposes. There is a viewing dial inside.
It is accessible to visitors travelling around the peninsula of Vatnsnes.
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  • As my title hints at, it's worth taking the time to visit if you have a little extra time and are in the area. If you're making the trek just for the fort you'll likely be disappointed. The fort...  more »
  • worth a quick stop along the way. Interesting how the builders of the fort used the natural of the basalt columns to integrate into the fort. Nice view. Drive was fine with 2WD.  more »
  • Cool little history lesson on how the fort was attacked and won against his opponents. The view is beautiful at the top of the rocks.
  • On a clear day the view is phenomenal. We drove on a heavy mist day so view was limited but fortress was still impressive
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