Dæli offers a variety of accommodation types. 16 rooms with private/en-suite bathrooms; four triple rooms, one has facilities for the disabled, and 12 double/twin rooms. One small cottage with one bedroom, a sofabed and a sleeping loft with mattresses for four people. Free Wi-Fi in the café and in some of the rooms with private facilities. Dæli also offers sleeping bag accommodation in six unit cottages.
Kaffi Sveitó, a cosy licensed country pub/café, offers meals and light refreshments. Cooking facilities for guests are in a separate building by the campsite which seats 60 people.
Activities for all ages
Fishing permits for two neighbourhood lakes are available. There is a small playground for children and a fun minigolf course for both young and old; clubs available to rent. Hot tub and sauna access for a small fee. The nearest swimming pool and convenience shop is at Hvammstangi (24 km) and the nearest golf course is at Blönduós (41 km).
Hiking in the footsteps of trolls
A marked trail (1-1.5km) leads from Dæli to a waterfall with a natural stone arch bridge. A 5 km path leads to Koluglúfur, a spectacular canyon through which Víðidalsá, one of the best salmon rivers in Iceland, flows. Kolufossar falls are also located here. Legend has it that a local giantess, Kola, dug out the gorge and made it her abode.
A date with common seals
A short drive from Dæli leads to a crossroads from where a 90 km long road takes you around Vatnsnes, a high peninsula between Húnafjörður fjord to the east and Miðfjörður fjord to the west. Here you find one of Iceland‘s largest and most accessible breeding grounds of common seals. You can observe the animals reasonably close and catch great photographs of them in their natural habitat. There are good seal watching facilities at farms Illugastaðir, Svalbarði and Ósar. More information on seals is available at the Seal Center in Hvammstangi village.
Two wonders of nature can be found just off the Vatnsnes Ring Road; Borgarvirki and Hvítserkur, the latter a huge, free-standing surf-beaten rock a few metres out in the water. Children will enjoy the short walk from the road down to the beach to view the rock. It is also ideal to take a drive over to the next valley, Vatnsdalur, to view for example the unique Vatnsdalshólar hills.
Hosts: Kristinn Rúnar and family