Ensku húsin: 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 and other meals served in the dining hall in the main house. Guest can enjoy home-cooked meals prepared with locally sourced ingredients, such as various fish and lamb dishes. Liquor licence. Small groups can rent out the facilities for various events. Note that cooking facilities are reserved for guests that stay at the Lambalækur house.
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).
Ensku Húsin is certified as a 4 star guesthouse by Vakinn, the official quality and environmental system within Icelandic tourism. More about Vakinn.
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.
Hosts: Anna Dröfn and Hjörleifur