Bjarteyjarsandur



Bjarteyjarsandur

Two well-equipped cottages on a farm located on the northern shore of Hvalfjörður fjord in the southwest of Iceland, about an hour’s drive from Reykjavík. The farm has entwined farming and tourism in many different ways, and sustainability is in the forefront in all their endeavours. A homey atmosphere is emphasised. Many different outdoor activities are possible. Marked hiking routes. Possible to visit the farm animals. Open all year.

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Amentities

  • Cottage
  • Working farm
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hot tub
  • Meals available
  • Cooking facilities
  • TV
  • Dishwasher
  • Walking / Hiking trails
  • Ocean view

In the area

  • Hlaðir 5 km (swimming pool and Occupational Center)
  • Glymur Waterfall (the highest waterfall in Iceland)
  • Akranes town 23 km

Accommodation

Two cottages, where the one sleeps five people in two bedrooms and the other sleeps six people in three bedrooms. The cottages are well equipped, with cooking facilities, dishwasher, television and DVD player. Hot tubs by both cottages. Ocean view. There is furthermore a good campsite by the farm.

 
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Meals excluding breakfast can be pre-ordered. The dining hall and restaurant sits 60, where ingredients from the farm are emphasised. This includes dried and cured mutton, organic lamb, farm paté, dandelion honey and chickweed pesto.

 
Service and recreation

Gallery Álfhóll: This gallery exhibits and sells items of both art and practicality, crafted by locals, as well as produce directly from farms. The gallery is located in a building that used to serve as a silage pit. Christmas market in December.

Over 600 sheep are farmed at Bjarteyjarsandur, along with a few hens and pigs. Rabbits are also bred at the farm. Pig farming here is eco-friendly. Guests are invited on an informative walk through the farm, outhouses and the surroundings where they can meet the farmers and see how the animals are kept.

Children can get to know the animals and have access to a play area. The sandy beach is an enchanting place to visit for children and adults alike, where it is possible to harvest mussels from September to April.

Guests can also participate in farm work, namely rounding up sheep, harvesting mussels, and other tasks.

Ask the hosts for the closest hiking trails. There are guided tours through certain regions with an expert guide, versed in both geography and environmental science.

The swimming pool at Hlaðir (5 km / 3 mi) is open from June 1st – August 31st. The Occupation Centre is another attraction at Hlaðir, where the history of the Allied Occupation is in the forefront. The hotel Glymur is close by, as are the diner Ferstikla, fishing lakes (with fishing permits for sale at Bjarteyjarsandur), golf courses, quad bike rentals and horse rentals. These are just a few of the recreational options in the vicinity. The closest town is Akranes (23 km / 14 mi). There are two possible routes to Reykjavík, either via the Hvalfjarðargöng tunnel (69 km / 43 mi) or via Route 47 that winds through the fjord (75 km / 46 mi).

 
Tourist attractions – Hvalfjörður fjord and Borgarfjörður fjord

The fjord Hvalfjörður is 30 km long, 4-5 km wide and rather deep and carves its way into the country from the bay of Faxaflói in the southwest of Iceland. Nature is at its best here, both by the shores of the bay and in the spectacular surrounding mountains. Here it is easy to come by outdoor attractions at their finest. Route 520 is close to Bjarteyjarsandur and goes north to Skorradalur (19 km /12 mi), the southern-most valley in Borgarfjörður fjord, a region known for both history and natural beauty.

 
Shorter and longer hikes from Bjarteyjarsandur

Examples of good hikes include a trek through Miðsandur, the former US base during WWII; shore walks; and a hike along Botnsdalur valley. Those who are looking for longer endurance hikes can journey to Þingvellir National Park hike via the Leggjabrjótur route, or take to the hills and hike to Skorradalur valley in the neighbouring fjord Borgarfjörður via a route called Síldarmannagötur. Botnsdalur valley is 10 km (6 mi) away from Bjarteyjarsandur and from there it is possible to take a rather long and steep, yet beautiful, hike through a canyon to Iceland’s second-highest waterfall, Glymur (198 m / 650 ft.).


Hosts:   Kolbrún and Arnheiður

Prices

The accommodation at Bjarteyjarsandur is available on request. Please fill out the booking request form to make a booking.

 
 Accommodation type

 Summer 2017 
 1 May - 30 Sept  

 Winter 2017-2018 
 1 Oct - 30 April

 Cottage for 5 persons | Category D   €161-189  €155
 Cottage for 6 persons | Category D   €180
      Bed linen    €25 per person  €25 per person
      Cleaning - optional  €66 Mandatory  €91 Mandatory

Prices are per night.

Guests are always required to rent bed linen when renting a cottage.

Guests are expected to clean the cottage upon departure (if not included or bought additionally).

 

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