The hotel consists of two buildings. The main building is a former barn, converted to a cosy guesthouse, and the former farmer’s house serves as the second house. A timber framed house, it was built in the early 20th century. There are 29 en-suite rooms and 14 rooms that share bathrooms. Some rooms are well suited for families. All rooms have a satellite TV. Free Wi-Fi and access to a public computer. There’s a hot tub by each house, and large sitting rooms and a small bar in the main house.
Narfastaðir is certified by Vakinn, the official quality and environmental system within Icelandic tourism. More about Vakinn.
The dining hall sits 80 people. In summer (June, July and August), there’s a large dinner buffet that serves fish, meat and vegetarian dishes. Homemade bread. Coffee and tea on offer all day, free of charge for guests.
Narfastaðir is certified as a 4 star guesthouse and Gold-class environmental, by Vakinn the official quality and environmental system within Icelandic tourism. More about Vakinn.
Service and recreation
Horse rental and riding tours in Álftagerði (Safari Horses) in the Mývatnssveit county (20 km / 12.5 mi) and at Garður í Aðaldal (24 km / 15 mi). Whale watching and sea angling in town Húsavík (44 km / 27 mi). Guided hikes and biking tours around the Mývatn area available at Hike & Bike in Reykjahlíð (32 km / 20 mi). Birdwatching by Mývatn and river Laxá í Aðaldal. Hikes. A nine-hole golf course in Húsavík (44 km / 27 mi), as well as near Reykjahlíð by Mývatn (32 km / 20 mi). There’s a public swimming pool with a 25m pool, a paddling pool and hot tubs at Laugar (5 km / 3 mi), where there is also a small convenience store, a diner, a bank, a poste office and a mechanic. The nearest town is Húsavík, where you’ll find supermarkets, shops, restaurants, a pool and various tourism services (44 km / 27 mi).
Heath hikes, Goðafoss waterfall and Aldeyjarfoss waterfall
Just above the Narfastaðir country hotel the expansive moorlands open up to the south, where many tempting hikes lure those in who are looking for tranquillity and contact with nature. Travel 18 km (11 mi) to reach waterfall Goðafoss in glacial river Skjálfandafljót, one of Iceland’s largest and most beautiful waterfalls. Those interested in tumbling water should also visit three other waterfalls in the same river. Near the head of valley Bárðardalur you’ll come across Aldeyjarfoss, Ingvararfoss and Hrafnbjargarfoss (travel 37 km / 23 mi from Mýri).
District museum, whale watching, Vatnajökull National Park
Grenjastaður, a former stately farm near the mouth of valley Laxárdalur, is a good district museum in one of the largest renovated turf houses in Iceland (22 km / 14 mi). Daily whale watching tours depart from Húsavík harbour (44 km / 27 mi), and you can also visit some interesting museums there like Safnahúsið and the Whale Museum that is dedicated to the species found around Iceland. By driving 104 km (64 mi) you’ll reach the northern-most part of the Vatnajökull National Park, where you can experience gems like Ásbyrgi and the canyons Jökulsárgljúfur.
Lake Mývatn, the Nature Baths and waterfall Dettifoss
Lake Mývatn (20 km / 12.5 mi) is a unique place with a rich birdlife and unparalleled landscapes. Formed by volcanic activity thousands of years ago, it’s like stepping into a world you never knew existed. You can walk along the mysterious Dimmuborgir (literally, Dark Cities), hike up crater Hverfjall, take in the spectacular lava formations by Kálfaströnd and cape Héðinshöfði, tour the Krafla area, witness the imaginative colour palette of the mud springs in Hverarönd by Námafjall, and relax in Mývatn’s own Nature Baths. The waterfall Dettifoss, Europe’s most voluminous waterfall, is only 50 km (31 mi) away from Mývatn.
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