Hvalfjörður (Whale Fjord),only 50 km from Reykjavik, gives an excellent opportunity to enjoy the unique beauty of Icelandic fjords,with its sloops, shores, canyons and waterfalls and its somewhat controversial history of whaling. The area is especially quiet and tranquil with few people around. Glymur, the highest waterfall of Iceland (198 m) is in Hvalfjordur.
Skorradalur, together with the lake Skorradalsvatn, is an agricultural valley and a well-known summer cottage resort in Iceland. It also forms a base for the Iceland Forest Service. Just north of Bifröst in the valley Norðurárdalur, there are two small craters called Grábrók and Grábrókarfell. Lava from the craters covers much of Norðurárdalur.
Reykholt is an historic site where the great writer Snorri Sturluson lived and died in 1241. The academic institution Snorra-stofa is situated there, dedicated to the memory of Snorri..
Deildartunguhver is Europe’s most powerful hot spring. It provides 200 l/sec of 100°C hot water. Most of the water used for central heating in the towns of Borgarnes and Akranes comes from Deildartunguhver.
Borgarnes and the surrounding Borgarfjörður region can be regarded as the setting for most of the Icelandic sagas. The area’s landscape, nature and culture reflect this heritage and bring history to life. Borgarnes town is the centre of communications, trade and services in the area.
Akranes is just a stone’s throw away from the capital largest town in West Iceland with the population 6630. The Museum Area at Gardar is without a doubt the cultural centre of Akranes and a popular destination for tourists.
The Hvalfjörður Tunnel is 5,770 m long, of which 3,750 m are beneath the seabed. The lowest point of the tunnel is 165 m below sea level. Representatives of Spölur ehf., the Icelandic government, the tunnel contractor and Icelandic and overseas finance companies signed the construction contract on 22 February 1996. The Tunnel was formally opened by the Prime Minister on 11 July 1998, eight months ahead of schedule.