In the guesthouse are 12 rooms with shared bathroom in two buildings; the main building and Langhús next to the main building. Single, dbl/twin, triple and family room available. In both buildings are two bathrooms, kitchen, dining area and a living room. The furnished porch overlooks the brook that flows past the guesthouse.
Guests prepare their own meals. There are large supermarkets and varied diners, fast food restaurants and á la carte restaurants in town, only two minutes away by car and 40 minutes on foot.
Service and recreation
You can try many different hikes along valleys, up hills and over mountains or through the park Krossanesborgir (1 km / 0.6 mi). Head to forest Kjarnaskógur for various outdoor activities for the whole family (9 km / 6 mi). You can rent horses in three places close to the town (Kátur, Pólar Hestar and Skjaldarvík horse rental). Whale watching tours depart from Akureyri, village Hauganes and village Dalvík (take the northern route out of Akureyri). You can go on guided tours around Akureyri, Eyjafjörður fjord and the nearest counties as well. For winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding, head to Mt. Hlíðarfjall that overlooks the town and is very popular among locals and visitors alike (8.5 km / 5 mi from Lónsá). Other activities include snowmobiling and golfing (Jaðarsvöllur, 6 km / 3.7 mi). The centrally located swimming pool is a very good place to visit when in town, as are the shops, restaurants, bars, cafés, clubs, museums and other tourism services.
Welcome to Akureyri
Akureyri is the largest town in Iceland outside the capital area and is sometimes called “the capital of the North”. It’s a centre for almost all forms of industry in the North and many public institutions and schools are located here, like the University of Akureyri, for example. The town is furthermore the quadrant’s centre of tourism and sees large numbers of visitors in both summer and winter. The town is welcoming, in beautiful surroundings by the head of fjord Eyjafjörður, and the local cultural scene is unexpectedly vibrant for a town this size, relatively small compared to European counterparts.
The old town, museums and art galleries
Akureyri is home to many different museums, art galleries and crafts shops that are an interesting visit. You can also enjoy a calm stroll around the centre and streets of the old town, “Innbærinn”, where you’ll find the town’s oldest houses. Most were built in the 19th century and many are listed. This quarter is home to the Akureyri Museum as well as Nonnahús, a museum located in the childhood home of author Jón Sveinsson (1857 – 1944) who wrote very popular children’s books in the early 20th century.
Hlíðarfjall ski area – climb the Súlur mountains
Outdoor enthusiasts and anyone who enjoys winter sports can quite easily satiate their thirst for adventure in Akureyri. For example, the winter sports haven in Hlíðarfjall is one of the most popular areas in the country. The slopes run down from the northern side of valley Glerárdalur that reaches further inland and to the highlands that guard Akureyri. The valley is also a good area to hike through, and south of it is the mountain Súlur (1,213 m / 3,980 ft.). It’s a popular climb and takes about 5 – 6 hours.
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