Three 2-person rooms and two 4-person rooms (one 160 cm bed and a 90 cm wide bunk) in an older apartment house on the farm that was built just after the middle of the last century and renovated in 2015. There are two shared bathrooms, a comfortable lounge area with a TV, a well-equipped shared kitchen and a wonderful patio with garden furniture, a gas barbecue and a hot tub.
Breakfast is included in the price of accommodation. Otherwise, guests provide their own meals. The closest supermarket is in the village of Varmahlíð (5 km / 3 mi) where you’ll also find a restaurant at Hotel Varmahlíð, open from 15 May to 15 September.
Services and recreation
Syðra-Skörðugil runs a horse rental all year round and also offer longer horse riding tours and horse shows. The area has many hiking trails, excellent birdwatching opportunities, river rafting, museums, and historical sites. Many possibilities for day trips by car around the region. The nearest swimming pool is in Varmahlíð (5 km / 3 mi) and the village also has a tourist information centre. The nearest town with shops, restaurants, a swimming pool, golf course and various general services is Sauðárkrókur (21 km / 13 mi).
Adventures with the Icelandic horse
Syðra-Skörðugil runs a horse ranch. The man of the house is a riding instructor, teaching jockeys as well as training horses. The family has worked with horses for many years and has had success at competitions both in Iceland and abroad. There are enjoyable horse riding trails in the area and the horse rental is open daily all year round. Horse riding tours last from one to four hours, though in winter only one-hour tours are available. There are also horse shows on the circuit by the stables, where they demonstrate the five gaits of the Icelandic horse, and guests have the opportunity to visit the stables and meet the horses and chat with the farm owners. Syðra-Skörðugil also offers longer hours tours lasting 4–5 days. Further information can be found at www.sydraskordugil.is.
Spectacular nature, Saga trails and museums
Skagafjörður is home to many wonderful places for nature lovers and hikers. It’s not far from Syðra-Skörðugil to the enchanting and breathtakingly beautiful world of Vesturdalur and Austurdalur, where nothing disturbs the peace except the heavy murmur of the glacier rivers in the massive gorges. Mælifell peak (1,147 m / 3,763 ft.) rises into the heavens in the south, a temptation for anyone who enjoys an uphill climb. A short distance north of Syðra-Skörðugil (4 km / 2.5 mi) is also one of Iceland’s most beautiful turf farms still standing, Glaumbær, which houses an excellent folk museum that gives visitors an insight into the life and conditions of generations past.
In the region of outlaws, bishops and emigrants
Highway 75 leads from Syðra-Skörðugil to Sauðárkrókur, the fishing, the industrial and economic centre of the region (21 km / 13 mi). From the town, it’s a short drive to Reykjaströnd, where you can take a tour to Drangey, a beautiful island with steep cliffs. The island is the fjord’s defining landmark; one of the best-known heroes of the Icelandic Sagas, Grettir, dwelled there during the last years of his life. Hólar í Hjaltadal (37 km / 23 mi), a bishopric and educational centre until the end of the 18th century, is also a cosy, beautiful and fascinating place where you can see the oldest stone church in Iceland, among other sites. It is now a university. In the village of Hofsós, a little further out from the eastern coast of the fjord, is a unique museum about the western migrations of Icelanders who went to Canada and the US at the end of the 19th century.