Two double rooms with a shared bathroom at the old farmhouse and an apartment in the newer farmhouse. The apartment is categorized as room w/private bathroom, breakfast included, it´s located on the ground floor at the newer farmhouse and the guests in the apartment have access to a hot top. Laundry facilities at the farm.
Breakfast included. Other meals available if pre-ordered. Cooking facilities in the apartment.
Service and recreation
Brennistaðir farms sheep, goats, horses, ducks, chickens and rabbits. A cat, dog and other pets assist with the farming in their adorable way. Guests are welcome to look around the farm, accompanied by the farmers, and learn about local farming culture. The hosts make an effort to get to know their guests and provide a cosy and homely atmosphere.
There are many interesting hiking routes in and around the valley, and you can also tour the Borgarfjörður region. Rent horses at the farm Ölvaldsstaðir (27 km / 16.5 mi) and at Giljar in Hálsasveit (24 km / 15 mi). The goat farm Háafell (32 km / 20 mi) welcomes visitors. The Troll Garden at Fosstún (13 km / 8 km) is a lovely park and playground. The restaurant Byrgishóll at Nes in Reykholtsdalur valley is close by (11 km / 7 mi), and so is the microbrewery Steðji in Flókadalur valley, which is an interesting visit (7 km / 4.5 mi). The nearest swimming pool is in village Kleppjárnsreykir (9 km / 5.5 mi).
There is a nine-hole golf course by Nes in Reykholtsdalur (11 km / 7 mi) and an 18-hole course, Hamarsvöllur, by town Borgarnes (35 km / 22 mi), which is also the closest town where you will find shops, supermarkets, restaurants, diners, museums, a swimming pool and various tourism services.
A date with Icelandic nature
The landscapes in the region are very varied and you can get familiar with various sides of Icelandic nature, like green and grown valleys, the brush or mossy lava fields, crystal-clear salmon rivers, glacial rivers, moorlands, boiling hot springs, and the ice and snow of the highlands and glaciers. It’s a tempting environment for nature lovers, hikers and mountaineers. You can also take longer day-trips outside the region, like to the Snæfellsnes peninsula or Þingvellir National Park.
Hot springs, waterfalls, caves, glaciers and salmon rivers
The hot spring Deildartunguhver (10 km / 6 mi) is the most voluminous hot spring in Europe (180 litres per second). The waterfall Hraunfossar (31 km / 19 mi) is a captivating work of art, and Húsafell (33 km / 20.5 mi) is a popular outdoor area by the foothills of the highlands. Go on guided day tours to Iceland’s largest lava cave, Víðgelmir. These tours depart from Fljótstunga (12 km from Húsafell / 7.5 mi). Iceland’s most famous salmon river flows through Norðurárdalur valley, where mountain Baula is a striking feature. It’s the region’s best-known mountain, at 934 metres (just over 3,000 ft.). It’s a steep and slow walk, but no major obstacles line the trail.
Remnants of the glorious Middle Ages
The centre and museum Snorrastofa at Reykholt (13 km / 8 mi) pays homage to the Middle Ages and Iceland’s most famous author, Snorri Sturluson (1179-1241). Here you will also find a hot pool, named after Snorri, and can walk through the tunnel where he was killed in 1241. Town Borgarnes (35 km / 22 mi) is home to the Settlement Centre, where you can visit an exhibition on Iceland’s settlement in the 9th and 10th centuries. The exhibition on poet and Viking Egill Skallagrímsson, the hero of one of Iceland’s most famous Sagas, is also well worth a visit.
The captivating Aurora – longer day tours
Brennistaðir stand at the north of valley Flókadalur, a small valley between low hills in the moorlands that overlook Borgarfjörður. During winter, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to catch the northern lights at their play. The ridge above the town is an old walkway to the neighbouring valley to the north, Reykholtsdalur. The view from the ridge over Borgarnes and west to Snæfellsnes peninsula is quite beautiful.
Hosts: Þóra and Vigdís