Guesthouse: Six double / twin rooms with handbasin, sharing two bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, a dining room and a sitting room with a TV. Good wheelchair access. Laundry facilities. There’s also a private flat that sleeps up to four pers. (categorized as cat. III room - room with private bathroom). Porch with BBQ.
Cottage: 6 pers. old style cottage. The bedrooms are small but it sleeps six pers. (four bedrooms). Porch with a BBQ.
Breakfast is included when staying at the guesthouse. Otherwise, guests prepare their own meals. The nearest shop and diner are in village Vopnafjörður (8 km / 5 mi). There’s a restaurant at farm Síreksstaðir, open from 18 – 22 (17 km / 10.5 mi).
Service and recreation
Horse rental. Trout fishing permits for Hofsá, a well-known salmon river close to Syðri-Vík, sold at the farm (pre-booking recommended). There are marked and unmarked hiking routes that range in difficulty both close to the town and around the region. The district museum in the turf house at Bustarfell (25 km / 15.5 mi) is well worth a visit, and in summer you can have a cup of coffee the museum café as well. There’s a nine-hole golf course just before you reach village Vopnafjörður (6.5 km / 4 mi). The Selárdalur pool has a hot tub (35 km / 22 mi). Vopnafjörður is also the nearest village, where you’ll find shops, a tourism information centre and various other services.
Hiking for all
Farmers have lived at Syðri-Vík since the settlement, and the farm is located just by the foothills of Mt Krossavíkurfjall. The mountain is about 800 metres high (2,624 ft.) and you’ll see far and wide from the top. This hike comes highly recommended if you’re an experienced mountaineer. If you prefer the flatlands, there are many routes along the shore, along the spit just outside the village or along valleys that you should find to your liking. You can get local hiking maps at the village’s tourism information centre (look for Kaupvangskaffi in Vopnafjörður, open in summer).
An Icelandic turf house at Bustarfell
The late-19th-century stately turf house at Bustarfell (25 km / 15.5mi) is considered among the most beautiful turf houses in Iceland. Inhabited until 1966, it now houses an interesting district museum in a building that in its day was fit for aristocracy. After a tour of the museum, enjoy a cup of coffee at the café “Hjáleigan” (“The Tenancy”).
The pool and hot tub at Selárdalur were constructed in 1949 and are located by a warm spring in the valley, just a little north of village Vopnafjörður (12 km / 7.5 mi). The pool is well kept and normally at around 33°C (91.4°F). It’s secluded yet welcoming, just by the mouth of the lovely Selárdalur valley and close to a riverbank. All facilities are quite good, and the pool is used for swimming lessons for local school children. The pool is not connected to electricity.
Local day tours
Syðri-Vík is well located if you intend to go on day trips along the coast north of Vopnafjörður, or visit the regions by Bakkaflói and Þistilfjörður, where way of life is shaped by the rough northern nature. The town Egilsstaðir (132 km / 82 mi) in the Fljótsdalshérað, south of Vopnafjörður, is a lovely town to visit.