The cottage, just by a small forest plantation, is about 37 m2 (approx. 400 ft2). The two bedrooms each sleep two. One has a double bed and the other a bunk bed. There is also a sofa bed in the living room and mattresses in the loft. The cottage has cooking facilities (stove, microwave and refrigerator), as well as a sitting / dining room with a TV. The porch is large and with a good BBQ. Access to a washing machine upon request.
Guests prepare their own meals. The nearest convenience stores and diners are in town Dalvík (15 km / 9 mi).
Service and recreation
You can go sea angling down by the shore free of charge, and go berry picking just by the cottage. There are plenty of other outdoor activities to choose from. Hikers can explore trails close to the farm or along mountain routes within the county or in Svarfaðardalur valley. There are good ski areas close by. You can also go on riding tours from Hringsholt (15 km / 9.5 mi). Go whale watching during summer, either from Dalvík (15 km / 9.5 mi) or Hauganes (6 km / 3.7 mi). Scheduled ferry tours to island Hrísey depart from Árskógssandur (7 km / 4.5 mi). The local heritage museum in Dalvík is an interesting visit, as are the Herring Museum and Folk Music Centre in town Siglufjörður (49 km / 30.5 mi). There are a few swimming pools in the area, both in Dalvík and in Þelamörk (19 km / 12 mi). For golf, go to Dalvík or larger town Akureyri. Dalvík is also the nearest town where you’ll find shops, supermarkets, restaurants and various services. Akureyri, the region’s capital, is 28 km (17.5) away.
Eyafjörður fjord – Akureyri
Eyjafjörður is a long fjord, about 60 km, almost exactly in centre of North Iceland. The surrounding farmlands, either enveloped by majestic mountains, nestling in calm valleys or lulling by the ever-changing shoreline, are counted among the more beautiful in Iceland. Akureyri rests near the fjord’s head and is north Iceland’s largest town where fisheries, industry, culture and higher education are its backbone. Syðri-Hagi is located on the west side of the fjord, about 25 minutes from Akureyri, and very close to one of the more picturesque valleys in the north, Svarfaðardalur.
Hikers have many outdoor activities in unique surroundings within easy reach. Mountaineers can take on the mountain Kötlufjall, rising up directly from behind the farm. For easier routes, head to valley Þorvaldsdalur that carves its way through the mountains that overlook Árskógsströnd, north of Kötlufjall. The valley used to be inhabited, but has now been deserted and therefore provides near perfect tranquil surroundings where you can spend time far away from all modern distractions, surrounded by captivating mountain views.
It’s ideal to tour the nearest countryside by car if you have your base in Syðri-Hagi, and a trip around Svarfaðardalur valley comes highly recommended. It’s a green and prosperous valley, enveloped by mountains. The valley is essentially split in two. To the southwest, its name changes to Skíðadalur. The outermost farm in Skíðadalur, Klængshóll, offers guided hikes. Hikers can also follow the marked trail from farm Kot near the mouth of Svarfaðardalur, and on to lake Skeiðsvatn. This hike takes about 45 minutes.
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