Heydalur



Heydalur

A playground for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts in Iceland’s West Fjords. Accommodation in twin en-suite rooms and summer cottages in valley Heydalur, located in fjord Mjóifjörður by the southern Ísafjarðardjúp sound. Enjoy unspoilt nature and healthy activities such as hiking, kayaking, riding and fishing, or relax in hot pools during still and frosty winter nights draped by northern lights. Open all year. 

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Amentities

  • Private bathroom (Cat.III)
  • Family rooms 3+
  • Cottage
  • Working farm
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Hot tub
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Meals available
  • Facilities for disabled
  • TV
  • Laundry facilities
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Playground for children
  • Walking / Hiking trails
  • Hobby room

In the area

  • Natural hot spring pool in walking distance
  • Seals, birds and occationally whales
  • Drangajökull glacier
  • Archaeological excavation in Vatnsfjörður 18 km
  • Hólmavík village 110 km
  • Súðavík village 115 km
  • Ísafjörður town 136 km

Accommodation

18 en-suite rooms with a private entrance, either double or family rooms, in two separate houses at the farm. All rooms have a TV and access to free Wi-Fi. Larger rooms have in-room cooking facilities.
One cottage (37 m2 / 398 ft2) sleeps four to five people and has two bedrooms, a sitting room with a kitchenette, a bathroom and a patio.

The other cottage (57 m2 / 614 ft2) sleeps six and has three bedrooms, a sitting room with a kitchenette, a bathroom and a patio. This cottage comes with a 13-m2 (140 ft2) guest cottage that sleeps 4, so the larger cottage is ideal for groups of up to 10 people. The cottages are about 2 km (1.2 mi) away from the farmhouse.
Both cottages have a TV and access to free Wi-Fi. There’s furthermore a campsite and RV facilities with access to bathrooms and showers by the farm.

 
Board

The old barn was converted to an attractive restaurant, where locally sourced ingredients are emphasised. The restaurant serves a diverse breakfast buffet, and other meals are served between 11:30 and 22:00. Try locally grown mushrooms and blueberries, lamb from the next farm over, smoked puffin, trout fished at the farm and salmon from river Heydalsá (late summer). Liquor license.

 
Hot, natural pools / swimming pool

Heydalur is a geothermal area. There’s a warm natural pool at Galtahryggur, within walking distance from the farm. The farm’s greenhouse (formerly a barn) now houses a small swimming pool and hot tub that guests can use at will. There are also three hot tubs outside, so-called “Onsen” hot tubs, built with seashore rocks and shell sand.

 
Service and recreation

There’s a playground for the children, and guests can go on shorter and longer riding tours around the valley, as well as kayaking tours. Try your hand at trout fishing in mountain lakes by the valley’s head, or explore some of the varied hiking routes. The curious can learn about the area’s flora and birdlife on information signs around the area. Go seal watching from Hvítanes (60 km / 37 mi), or try ice fishing or snowmobiling. Organized northern light tours are available in winter. You can also explore some of the many interesting places by the southern shore of sound Ísafjarðardjúp, such as The Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft at Hólmavík or The Arctic Fox centre at Súðavík. You’ll also find museums and organised tours around the sound, as well as various tourism services, in town Ísafjörður. Nearest towns: Hólmavík (120 km / 74.5 mi), Súðavík (120 km / 74.5 mi) and Ísafjörður (130 km / 81 mi).

 
A tranquil country oasis

Heydalur is a 6-km-long valley (3.7 mi) that carves off from sound Ísafjarðardjúp. It’s a calm and peaceful place, a little outside the beaten track, covered by a thicket of low-rising trees and various other greenery. It’s a warm and welcoming country oasis on any beautiful summer’s day.

 
Interesting day tours in the region

You can easily plan day tours to the nearest fjords and farmlands and explore abandoned farms, villages and towns. The population in the West Fjords has declined rapidly during the past decades, and what remains is a captivating and enigmatic atmosphere, coloured by the sea and mountains, where nature and history together are a beautiful setting, unmatched elsewhere in Iceland.

The old country highway to Súðavík and Ísafjörður, the region's largest town, passes through outer Mjóifjörður fjord. If you head east, this route continues on to fishing village Hólmavík, by the western Húnaflói bay.

Hosts:  Stella and Gísli

 

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