A guesthouse situated in a peaceful valley east of Eyjafjörður, in the heart of a popular tourism region in North Iceland. Nearby attractions include Goðafoss waterfall, lake Mývatn and the town of Húsavík, and it is also just 25 km / 15.5 mi to Akureyri, the ‘capital of the North’. Set in charming surroundings sheltered by mountains, it’s a perfect spot to relax, or to get out and enjoy the nature on the many tempting hiking trails. Draflastaðir is close to the route no 1 highway (the ‘Ring Road’) and is well situated for sightseeing around Eyjafjörður and Þingeyjarsveit. Open from 1 June to 10 September. 

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  • Private bathroom
  • Family rooms 3+
  • Hot tub
  • Bar
  • Meals available
  • Walking / Hiking trails

In the area

  • Akureyri 25 km
  • Goðafoss waterfall 27 km
  • Lake Mývatn 64 km
  • Húsavík 125 km


Rooms with shared and private bathrooms available . Ideal for individuals, families and small groups travelling together. There is also a camping site and campervan facilities.


The dining room is in a lovely newly renovated barn and sits 50 people. There is also a licensed bar. Breakfast is served, and other meals are available if ordered in advance. Please note that there are no cooking facilities for guests.

Service and recreation

There is a hot tub at the guesthouse. The nearest geothermal swimming pool is at Stóru-Tjarnaskóli school (5 km / 3 mi), open from 15:00-20:00 during summer. There’s also a very nice, large geothermal pool in Akureyri (25 km / 15.5 mi). The nearest golf courses are Lundsvöllur (nine holes, par 34) further into the valley, south of Vaglaskógur (19 km / 12 mi) and Þverárvöllur, close to Akureyri (25 km / 15.5 mi). The nearest shops, supermarkets, restaurants and bars are also in Akureyri.

Tranquility, the fragrance of birch and enchanting hiking trails

Draflastaðir is an ancient farm and church site situated near the mouth of Fnjóskadalur valley, on the western side. Fnjóskadalur is named after Fnjóská, a popular fishing river that is also the longest spring fed river in Iceland, at 115 km / 71 mi. It’s a delightful spot on a sunny summer’s day, with green meadows and heathery slopes teeming with birdlife. Further into the valley is the lovely Vaglaskógur forest (18 km / 11 mi to the forest’s tourist information centre), a popular hiking and recreational area. Vaglaskógur has enchanting routes for experienced hikers, travelling up to the mountains or into the valley.

A journey back in time and up to the heathlands

It’s a short drive west from Draflastaðir over to Eyjafjörður. Near the coast is Laufás, a stately traditional turf farmhouse that is now a museum. From Laufás you can travel east along a narrow valley to Fnjóskadalur. At the point where the valleys meet, you’ll find a little-travelled road leading north up into the mountains, Flateyjardalsheiði. It’s great spot to take a stroll to stretch your legs after the drive and take in the beautiful surroundings. From there, you drive along Fnjóskadalur and back home to the barn at Draflastaðir.

Natural treasures and majestic ocean beasts

It is just 27 km / 17 mi from Draflastaðir to Goðafoss, ‘waterfall of the Gods’. In the town of Húsavík you have the opportunity to meet the largest creatures on earth on a whale watching tour. It’s also just 75 km / mi to lake Mývatn and its unique and otherworldly surroundings, shaped by volcanic forces over the course of millennia.

Hosts: Sigurður Arnar and Helga


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