One double room with private bathroom in a small house next to the farmhouse.
Breakfast is provided. The nearest supermarket and restaurant is in Þórshöfn (21 km / 13 mi).
Service and recreation
Hosts emphasise personal service. Fishing permits for rivers and lakes available. The Leader-Sheep Breed Centre is located at Svalbarð (10 km / 6 mi), there you can learn about the Icelandic leader-sheep breed found nowhere else in the world. The old vicarage at Sauðanes, a stone building dating back to 1879, is open to visitors in summer (28 km / 18 mi). The nearest town is Þórshöfn, where you’ll find a shop, a diner, an indoor pool, a tourist information center and various other services (21 km / 13 mi).
Enjoy nature in the North
The northeastern regions, from fjord Vopnafjörður and to the Melrakkaslétta plain, are an area often overlooked by travelers. However, it’s home to a wide range of activities, especially for those interested in walking tours through unspoiled landscapes such as valleys, mountains and shorelines shaped by the mighty North Atlantic waves. Local daily life in small fishing villages is quite interesting, and the contrasting emptiness of abandoned farms, full of history in their silence, is quite an experience. Enjoy spending time with nature in this northern wonder world, brimming with its own kind of beauty.
Varied hikes – Rauðanes, Langanes
Some hiking routes close to Ytra Áland worth mentioning include the marked trail on to the Rauðanes peninsula. It’s a beautiful route, quite easy, with stunning and peculiar cliff formations. Langanes, a long peninsula south of Þistilfjörður fjord, is a true outdoor paradise, where you can get to know nature on many different hikes. The hosts at Ytra Áland will happily tell you about the area and provide you with local hiking maps.
Langanes, Skoruvíkurbjarg, Skálar
Touring the peninsula is an unforgettable adventure. You can stop by Skoruvíkurbjarg, for example, a precipitous cliff with a viewing platform so you can observe one of the largest gannet colonies in Iceland. The gannets have made cliff “Stóri-Karl” (Large Man) their home. A decent road edges along the 14-km-route (9 mi) from Þórshöfn to Langanes, but once you reach Langanes the next 22 km (14 mi) to Skoruvíkurbjarg is only passable by 4x4 vehicles. Drive on to Skálar on the peninsula’s east side (8 km / 5 mi), a place near land’s end where there was a booming fishing village from 1910 – 1946, now completely abandoned and derelict, save from the remnants of a pier on the beach, a testimony to the village’s golden years.
Hosts: Bjarnveig and Skúli