Engimýri



Engimýri

A cosy guesthouse and restaurant by the route no 1 highway (the ‘Ring Road’) in Öxnadalur, just 34 km / 21 mi from Akureyri. Six rooms with shared bathrooms and two rooms with en-suites. Engimýri’s majestic surroundings are a paradise for nature lovers, offering many exciting hiking trails around an enchanting world of mountains and valleys. Opportunities for fishing and hunting. There is a good ski area above Akureyri. Well situated for viewing northern lights in winter. Open all year. 

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Amentities

  • Shared bathroom (Cat.I)
  • Private bathroom (Cat.III)
  • Free Wi-Fi in some areas
  • Hot tub
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Meals available
  • TV
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Playground for children
  • Walking / Hiking trails
  • Open vouchers

In the area

  • Swimming pool (20 km / 12.5 mi)
  • Akureyri the city of North Iceland  (34 km / 21 mi)
  • Horse rentals
  • Whale watching

Accommodation

A total of eight double / twin rooms, six with made-up beds, a sink, TV, closet, desk and shared bathroom facilities, and two rooms with en-suite bathrooms. There is also a hot tub for guests and a children’s playground.

 
Board

Engimýri offers light meals. Licensed restaurant that seats up to 40 people.

 
Service and recreation

Guests are allowed to fish for trout free of charge in Hraunsvatn and Þverbrekkuvatn, lakes in the mountainside opposite the guesthouse. Ptarmigan and goose hunting in the autumn and early winter. Exciting hiking trails, some suitable for everybody, others for more experienced mountain hikers. The nearest geothermal swimming pool is in Þelamörk (20 km / 12.5 mi). Horse rental in various places close to Akureyri. Whale watching tours from Akureyri (34 km / 21 mi), Hauganes (50 km / 31 mi) and Dalvík (60 km / 37 mi). Eighteen-hole golf course in Akureyri (Jaðarsvöllur). Akureyri also has shops, restaurants, bars, pubs, cafés, geothermal swimming pool, museums and various other activities and services.

 
Hamraborgir and beautiful blue mountain lakes

Engimýri has views of Hraundrangi, one of Iceland’s most distinctive sites, a sharp mountain peak (1,075 m / 3,527 ft.) first climbed in 1956. There have been many rockslides from the mountain, and hidden in this landscape is a beautiful lake in breathtaking surroundings, Hraunsvatn (500 m / 1,640 ft. above sea level). It’s wonderful to hike from the guesthouse up to Hraunsvatn; the trails are clearly marked and the walk can be done in under an hour. The lake is a lovely spot to take in the scenery and is also a popular fishing spot, with plentiful trout. At the bottom of the slopes below Hraundrangi is the Hraun farm, birthplace of Iceland’s most beloved poet, Jónas Hallgrímsson (b. 1807).

 
Mountain hiking and sightseeing around Eyjafjörður

Öxnadalur valley, where Engimýri Guesthouse sits close to the route no 1 highway (the ‘Ring Road’), lies in a spectacular mountain landscape between the Skagafjörður and Eyjafjörður fjords. Mountain hikers will be enchanted by this magical setting, with exciting routes nearby, including Mt. Þverbrekkuhnjúkur (1,200 m / 3,937 ft.) and Mt. Drangafjall, which offers amazing views from the top (1,123 m / 3,684 ft.). Engimýri is also an ideal base for sightseeing tours around Eyjafjörður, considered to be one of the most beautiful regions of Iceland.

 
Akureyri, the old town, museums and art galleries

Akureyri (34 km / 21 mi) is Iceland’s second most populous city and is the centre of employment, economy, education and culture in North Iceland. The town is home to many interesting museums, art galleries and shops selling beautiful handmade items. Two of Akureyri’s most interesting museums, Akureyri Museum and Nonnahús (‘Nonni’s house’), are located the town’s charming oldest neighbourhood, where most of the houses were built in the 19th century. Built in 1849, Nonnahús was the childhood home of Jón ‘Nonni’ Sveinsson (1857-1944), a children’s author whose books became popular around the world in the first decades of the 20th century. Just above Akureyri is Iceland’s most popular ski resort, Hlíðarfjall.

Hosts: Paul and Andrea

 

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