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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  • The rock itself is not very captivating. But the view you have from the top is very very nice and well worth it!
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  • Basalt rock with columnar separation of basalt at the end of the 9th In several places they complemented the walls. As a castle served about 150 years. There is no water upstairs, so it was probably just an occasional retreat.
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  • 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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