17 neat rooms with private bathroom. Room sizes range from double / twin rooms to family rooms with four beds (with the option of two additional beds). There are also two rooms that sleep three (possible to add an extra bed to the larger room). One room has a private entrance, and two share an entrance, cooking facilities and fridge. Two bedrooms are specially designed for easy wheelchair access. 6 rooms with shared bathroom at Lamb Inn Farmhouse, four double rooms, one triple room and a family room that sleeps four. There’s a hot tub and free Wi-Fi at the guesthouse.
The restaurant Lamb Inn is in a converted barn, where guests can enjoy the chef’s speciality, traditional Icelandic lamb courses. You can also order various fish courses, such as cod and char, along with other quality courses made with local ingredients. Homemade bread is served during breakfast.
Service and recreation
The old Öngulsstaðir farm (dating back to about 1830 – 1840) is also a museum, where you can experience the past (open during summer). Hike around the countryside, along valleys and up mountains, or head to one of the two horse rentals (Kátur by Kaupangur, 5 km / 3 mi and Uppsalir, 3 km / 1.8 mi). For golf, head to the nine-hole par-3 course by Þverá (2 km / 1.2 mi). There is a swimming pool in Hrafnagil (5 km / 3 mi). The restaurant Silva nearby, in Syðra-Laugland, only serves vegetarian and raw-food courses and is open during the summer. The Cowshed Café in Garður (700 m / 0.4 mi) is also an interesting visit. If you want to add to your Christmas ornaments, visit the Christmas park (Jólagarðurinn) in Slétta, just north of Hrafnagil (6 km / 4 mi). For winter sports, Hlíðarfjall ski area that overlooks town Akureyri comes highly recommended (18 km / 11 mi). Akureyri is also the nearest town, where you’ll find shops and supermarkets, restaurants, bars, museums and various tourism services (10 km / 6 mi).
Lamb-Inn Öngulsstaðir is certified as a 4 star Gusethouse, 4 star Private Home and Bronze-class Environmental by Vakinn, the official quality and environmental system within Icelandic tourism. More about Vakinn.
Much to do in both summer and winter
The valley, colloquially known as Eyjafjörður, continues on from the head of the eponymous fjord and is about 60 km long (37 mi). It’s quite densely populated, enjoys good weather and is a prosperous farmland. You can easily circumnavigate the countryside from Öngulsstaðir. Pass farm Möðruvellir on the east side, cross a bridge over river Eyjafjarðará, and continue along on the west side, on to Akureyri. After a nice tour around Akureyri’s centre, return along the fjord’s head on the east side, and then south along the row of farms until you reach Öngulsstaðir.
Iceland’s most popular ski area – country charm and northern lights
Akureyri is the largest town in Iceland outside the capital and is in a beautiful setting. A modern town, there is no shortage of interesting museums, art galleries, restaurants, shops, clubs and bars. Overlooking the town is Hlíðarfjall, Iceland’s most popular ski area (a 20-minute-drive from Öngulsstaðir). Lamb Inn is therefore a very good location for skiers and winter sports enthusiasts who want to relax in a hot tub by the guesthouse and enjoy the countryside (and, with any luck, the northern lights) after a fun day on the slopes. You can even store your equipment at the guesthouse.
Lake Mývatn – whale watching – the herring town – an Icelandic turf house
As previously mentioned, Lamb Inn is a good choice if you want to tour the neighbouring regions. Lake Mývatn and the surrounding spectacular nature are only 70 km (43.5 mi) away, and you can stop by one of Iceland’s better-known waterfalls, Goðafoss, on your way there. Húsavík, a town famous for whale watching, is 97 km (60 mi) away. If you drive along the Eyjafjörður’s west coast, you’ll reach town Siglufjörður in 89 km (55 mi). This town was the “herring capital” of Iceland in the early 20th century and is now a popular tourist stop. The local district museum Laufás on the fjord’s east coast is a lovely visit (34 km / 21 mi, where you can walk through a grand Icelandic turf house (open during summer).
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