Hjalli in Kjós - Kaffi Kjós

Hjalli in Kjós - Kaffi Kjós

Small farmland cottage that sleeps four, on the banks of a small lake. Located in the region Kjós by Hvalfjörður fjord in southwest Iceland, it is about a 40-minute drive from Reykjavík city. A cosy place in a charming valley and popular outdoor area. Interesting hikes over mountains, by shores and through valleys, and varied birdlife. Open all year. 

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  • Cottage
  • Working farm
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Meals available
  • Cooking facilities
  • Meeting / Conference room
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Playground for children

In the area:

  • Mt. Esja
  • Staupasteinn Rock 10 km
  • Þórufoss Waterfall 15 km
  • Glymur Waterfall 25 km (highest waterfall in Iceland, 196 m)
  • Þingvellir National Park 34 km
  • Reykjavík 50 km


Cottage close to the farm that sleeps two. A bunk bed that is 140 cm (55”) wide. Cooking facilities, sitting room and dining area, bathroom with shower and a small, furnished patio.


The local café, Kaffi Kjós, is about 12 minutes away from the farm on foot. There, guests can enjoy snacks or meals in a homey and family-friendly environment, while taking in the view over lake Meðalfellsvatn. The café is open during the summer season.

Service and recreation

During summer, Kaffi Kjós operates a small farmer’s market, where guests can purchase essentials, lamb from farm Hjalli, and local crafts. Play area for children. Campsite with access to WC and showers. The barn at Hjalli has been remodelled and can house gatherings such as meetings and private parties. There is a good patio outside and access to a charcoal grill is possible upon request. It is furthermore possible to rent a gas grill and dinner service.

The farm animals include horses, sheep and dogs. Horseback riding is possible and there are good hiking trails in the area. The nearest swimming pool is located in Kjalarnes (Grundarhverfi), 23 km (14 mi) away and Reykjavík city is 50 km (31 mi) away.

Create memories by the lake in the valley

Kjós is a flourishing region, set in a wide valley on the north side of Reykjavík’s city mountain, mt Esja. The smaller mountain Meðalfell divides the Kjós region in two. The mountain’s namesake lake, Meðalfellsvatn, is surrounded by country cottages built by city dwellers, who like to relax in the country. Across from Hjalli and on the other side of Meðalfell is the rough and steep north side of mt Esja. These tricky hillsides often tempt avid climbers, but local guidance and the utmost care are highly recommended.

A beautiful drive to Þingvellir

A little further inland from Hjalli are bushy landscapes, where country cottages also abound. Þingvellir National Park is 34 km (21 mi) away via the main road by Kjósarskarð. Laxá in Kjós, one of the better-known salmon rivers in Iceland, runs right by the Kjósarskarð route and a lovely waterfall, Þórunnarfoss, is 15 km (9.5 mi) along the road.

Hvalfjörður fjord and the second-highest waterfall in Iceland

Nature is at its best in Hvalfjörður. The fjord is approx. 30-km-long (19 mi) from mouth to head and there are many reasons to stop and walk around. Birdlife is rich and many beautiful outdoor areas can be found here, as well as charming hikes over hills and through valleys. Glymur waterfall, Iceland’s second-highest waterfall, tumbles over a 198-m-high (650 ft.) cliff in a deep gorge in the hills of Botnsdalur valley, near the head of the fjord (25 km / 15.5 mi). A lovely hike takes walkers up from the valley and through the gorge on the west to the waterfall’s edge.

Hosts:  Birna and Hermann


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