Ensku húsin

Ensku húsin

A charming guesthouse in houses that are over a century old, with the history and soul to go with it. The houses are on either side of salmon river Langá, 6 km (3.7 mi) from town Borgarnes in fjord Borgarfjörður in Southwest Iceland. Rooms are either en-suite or share bathrooms. Here, the chime of waterfalls and centuries past blend together. A good location for those who want to tour the fjord and the Snæfellsnes peninsula. Fun hikes along the river Langá.  Open from 1 Januar to 20 December. 

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  • Private bathroom
  • Family rooms 3+
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bar
  • Golf course nearby
  • Walking / Hiking trails

The Settlement Center in Borgarnes is 10 km away


Old fishing lodges, built in 1884 by British fishermen, colloquially known as “the English houses”. All buildings have been carefully renovated over the recent years. The upper floor of the main house, largely unchanged since 1884, has three double rooms that share a bathroom. An extension east of the main house has six double rooms with en-suite bathrooms and two twin rooms that share a bathroom. The dining areas are on the ground floor of the main house, and the sitting room in a westward extension.

Free Wi-Fi and laundry facilities.


Breakfast is served all year round. Liquor licence. Note that cooking facilities are reserved for guests that stay at the Lambalækur house.  Small groups can rent out the facilities for various events.

For dinner during winter time Landnámssetur Íslands in Borgarnes, 10 km away is a good option. Also a number of other restaurants, coffee-shops and grocery stores are in town Borgarnes.

Service and recreation

Enjoy hiking along river Langá, or down to the shore. There are many more interesting hiking routes in the region and on the neighbouring Snæfellsnes peninsula. Visit the fascinating museums in town Borgarnes (6 km / 3.7 mi), which is furthermore the nearest town where guests can find a swimming pool, supermarkets, restaurants and various tourism services. An 18-hole golf course, Hamarsvöllur, is close to the town. You can rent horses and go riding at Ölvaldsstaðir (15 km / 9.3 mi).

Lulling waterfalls, birdlife, and a unique coastline

Langá, one of Iceland’s more famous salmon rivers, is home to a few waterfalls that are worth a visit. Sjávarfoss waterfall is just by the English houses, and Skuggafoss is about five minutes away. Walk for about 15 minutes to visit the Kattafossgljúfur and for about a half an hour to Glanni. Langá’s river mouth is now a reservation, because of its rich birdlife and unique nature. The coastline from the Langá river mouth and to Löngufjörur, lined by islands and scurries, is truly unique and the horizon is mesmerising, both in summer and winter.

Nature and history in Borgarfjörður

The English houses are a good choice for those who want to tour the region, which is home to many popular attractions. Among those are the most voluminous hot spring in Europe, Deildartunguhver (42 km / 26 mi); waterfall Hraunfossar (63 km / 39 mi); the cultural and medieval centre in Reykholt (48 km / 30 mi); and crater Grábrók (38 km / 23.5 mi). The Settlement Centre at Borgarnes is a permanent exhibition on Iceland’s settlement during the 9th and 10th centuries, as well as on poet and Viking Egill Skallagrímsson, who was born and raised in the region.

Hítardalur valley, Eldborg, Snæfellsjökull National Park

Drive about 28 km (17 mi) from the English houses to reach Hítardalur valley, rising up from the Mýrar lowlands. It’s a lovely and energising environment, where you can lace up your hiking boots and enjoy the calm and quiet of unspoilt nature. Eldborg, a beautifully formed volcanic crater, is about 30 km away (18.6 mi). Drive to farm Snorrastaðir, from where you continue on foot. 110 km (68 mi) along the peninsula’s south coast is Arnarstapi and the Snæfellsjökull National Park.

 Anna Dröfn and Hjörleifur


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