Kirkjuból by Hólmavík

Kirkjuból by Hólmavík

Kirkjuból is a cosy guesthouse by the southern shore of fjord Steingrímsfjörður, centrally located in the region Strandir in the eastern West Fjords. Ideal for families, it’s close to fishing village Hólmavík. Here you’ll find many beautiful hiking routes around the shore, where birdlife is rich and seals sometimes make an appearance to soak up the autumn sun. It’s a good base if you intend to tour the regions Strandir and Dalir, or some of the region’s more splendid sounds. Open all year. 

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  • Shared bathroom
  • Family rooms 3+
  • Wi-Fi
  • Cooking facilities
  • Golf course nearby
  • Walking / Hiking trails

In the area

  • Beach in walking distance
  • Sheep Farming Museum (in walking distance)
  • Hólmavík village 12 km
  • Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft in Hólmavík
  • Swimming pool in Hólmavík
  • Búðardalur village 79 km


The guesthouse has five rooms, varying in size, that accommodate 10 adults. All rooms share a bathroom with shower. Guests have access to cooking facilities and a lovely sitting room with a TV.


Breakfast is available upon request. The restaurant Café Riis in village Hólmavík is open during the summer season. The region’s social club, Sævangur, within an easy walking distance from the guesthouse, operates a café during the summer season (June 1st through August 31st).

Service and recreation

Guests have a range of activities to choose from. Children will enjoy the playground, and you can visit a museum that centres on sheep farming in Iceland. Located in the region’s social club at Sævangur, the museum is open between June 1st and August 31st and is within walking distance of the guesthouse. Other interesting museums include The Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft in Hólmavík, where you’ll also find the local tourist information centre that’s open during the summer season. There, you can get hiking maps for the Strandir region and Ísafjarðardjúp sound. You can go on riding tours from Hólmavík as well. For sailing and sea angling, head to Drangsnes (on the other shore of Steingrímsfjörður fjord, across from Kirkjuból (44 km / 27 mi)). For golf, head to the nine-hole course Skeljavíkurvöllur, just outside Hólmavík, which is also the nearest village where you’ll find a good swimming pool, a supermarket and various tourism services (12 km / 7.5 mi).

Seaside family fun

Kirkjuból is but a short way from the sea, and a path goes from the guesthouse to the beach. It’s a fun and accessible place, and a great option for families. Birdlife is varied here, and during autumn, you may observe seals soak up the sun on the scurries.

Day trips from Kirkjuból

You can go on a range of day trips from Kirkjuból, for example along the northern shore. Drive from Hólmavík to Bjarnafjörður fjord, through creeks and fjords, and between elegant mountains. At Djúpavík in Reykjafjörður fjord, you can stop for some coffee and learn about the herring adventure that came to an end in 1954. A little further north in the Strandir region you’ll find creek Trékyllisvík and Norðurfjörur, which are the northern-most inhabited areas in the region (114 km / 71 mi). Take your time to enjoy the natural pool Krossaneslaug before returning to Kirkjuból. If you want to explore the enchanting Ísafjarðardjúp sound, it’s only 58 km (36 mi) away. Drive 30 km (18.5 mi), over moors and meadows, to reach the northeast Breiðafjörður fjord, where you’ll find many popular attractions.

Hosts:  Ester and Jón


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