Five cottages on the banks of lake Lagarfljót with exceptional views. Three cottages sleep four (1-2 bedrooms and a loft) and two cottages sleep two each (1 bedroom). All cottages have a bathroom with a shower, a small kitchen with two hot plates and a fridge, as well as a small TV, radio and an outdoor gas grill. There is a lobby and six en-suite rooms in a building next to the farmhouse. Rooms that share a bathroom located in the farmer’s house and in a building on the other side of the road. Cooking facilities for guests who stay rooms sharing a bathroom and in the sleeping bag accommodation. A good campsite with toilet facilities.
Breakfast is served during summer (01.05-30.09). Guests in cottages and rooms with shared bathroom have access to fully equipped kitchen. The nearest restaurants, bakery and supermarkets are in Fellabær village (500 m / 0.3 mi) and Egilsstaðir town (3 km / 1.9 mi).
Services and recreation
The horse rental at Skipalækur offers short rides through a beautiful area. Fishing permits also available on the farm. Arts and crafts on show. It only takes a few minutes to walk to the golf course at Ekkjufellsvöllur, a nine-hole, par 35 course (500 m / 0.3 mi). There is a multitude of possibilities in summer and winter for all kinds of recreation and outdoor activities in the area around Skipalækur. Egilsstaðir, with shops, a good swimming pool and all kinds of general services, is only 3 km / 1.9 mi away. There you will also find the East Iceland Tourist Information Centre, where you can get a good hiking map of the area. There are scheduled domestic flight services between Reykjavík and Egilsstaðir and town Seyðisfjörður, where ferry Norræna stops, is 30 km / 62 mi away.
Fljótsdalshérað – an enchanting world from shores to mountain tops
Skipalækur is located on the banks of lake Lagarfljót at the southern edge of village Fellabær, close to the bridge crossing the river (route 1) and Egilsstaðir airport, which is on the other bank. This is an ideal location for exploring all parts of Fljótsdalshérað region, which is beautiful, diverse and enjoys particularly mild climate in southerly winds. Nature lovers and hikers are spoilt with choice, e.g. Stórurð by Dyrfjöll mountains, Hengifoss waterfall (the second highest in Iceland) and Hallormsstaðaskógur forest, as well as Snæfellsstofa, the information centre for the east territory of Vatnajökull National Park.
Highland farms - Sænautasel
Rising up from Fljótsdalshérað are large highland heaths where settlement was quite widespread under difficult circumstances from the middle of the 19th century and into the former half of the 20th century. Highland farm Sænautasel (72 km / 44.7 mi) was settled in the years 1843-1943. Legend has it that this farm was the model for the turf house in Independent People, a novel by Nobel Prize winner Halldór Laxness. The house is in the old style, made of turf and rock, now renovated and on show for tourists. Refreshments available.
Charming fishing villages in the East fjords
It is ideal to take day trips from Skipalækur to the fjords south of Fljótsdalshérað region. Borgafjörður eystri (70 km / 43.5 mi) is famous for its natural beauty. Seyðisfjörður, for example, is a beautiful fishing village embraced by high mountains, and only about 30 km / 18.6 mi away via Fjarðarheiði heath. Through Fagridalur, the route goes to Reyðarfjörður (35 km / 21.7 mi) and then to Eskifjörður (15 km / 9.3 mi), both of which have curious museums that you can visit, amongst other things. From Reyðarfjörður the route goes through the tunnel to Fáskrúðsfjörður (17 km / 10.5 mi), a small village by a beautiful fjord with an interesting museum and various memorabilia about the French sailors, who were stationed there in the latter half of the 19th century and into the 20th century.