Guesthouse Vellir

Guesthouse Vellir

Guesthouse in a green field nestled under the cliffs of the lone mountain Pétursey. Located in Mýrdalur in the southeast, it is 1.2 km (0.6 mi) from the Ring Road. The view over the glacier Mýrdalsjökull and down to the shore where Dyrhólaey and the flocks of birds that live on its cliffs meet the ocean waves is quite spectacular. Many known natural attractions are in the area. Open from 1 February to 1 December.  

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  • Private bathroom
  • Family rooms 3+
  • Working farm
  • Wi-Fi
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Meals on request
  • Golf course nearby
  • Walking / Hiking trails
  • Dogs allowed

In the area

  • Mýrdalsjökull Glacier
  • Sólheimajökull guided glacier walks and ice climbing 13 km
  • Cape Dyrhólaey 13 km
  • Skógafoss Waterfall 16 km
  • Skógar folk museum 16 km
  • Geothermal swimming pool and golf at Vík 19 km
  • Reynisdrangar sea stacks 20 km


Three double / twin rooms and two rooms for three, all with en-suite bathrooms. Four double / twin rooms with a washbasin that share a bathroom. Free Wi-Fi.


A bright dining hall with a view. Breakfast buffet and dinner á la Carte. Bar.

Service and recreation

Pedal boat trips (10 km / 6 mi). Snowmobile and super jeep tours to Mýrdalsjökull (10 km / 6 mi). Lovely walks by the shore and hikes to moors and mountains in the area. The nearest town is Vík í Mýrdal, where there is a supermarket and a swimming pool (19 km / 12 mi). A 9-hole golf course is close to the town.

Dyrhólaey, a bird’s paradise with grand views

13 km / 8 mi away is Dyrhólaey, one of the more popular attractions among nature lovers. Dyrhólaey is a preserved cape with cliffs towards the shore and a sloping hill to land. A magnificent cliff that has been hollowed out by the ocean extends from the cape. Birdlife is rich here and guests may expect to see puffins. East of Dyrhólaey is Reynisfjara (20 km / 12 mi), a black sand beach where the heavy ocean wave pounds the shore. Columnar basalt and varied caves are a prominent feature of the eastern mountain’s face, and just off shore the Reynisdrangar cliffs stand their ground.

Moors, mountains, valleys, canyons and glaciers

The moorlands and mountains between the lowland country and Mýrdalsjökull glacier are quite marvellous and varied and an excellent area of exploration for hikers and experienced mountain climbers. Here, you can experience nature up close in the calm and quiet bosom of Mother Nature. Sólheimajökull glacier is Iceland’s longest icefall and extends southward out of Mýrdalsjökull, only 13 km (8 mi) from the guesthouse. The glacier, a grand example of Mother Nature’s art, can be explored on foot with experienced glacier guides, both on a hike and on an ice climbing tour. Snowmobile tours and super jeep tours are also on offer and depart from farm Ytri Sólheimar (8 km / 5 mi).

Rumbling waterfalls, relics of yore and the farm by the volcano

Skógafoss (16 km / 10 mi) and Seljalandsfoss (42 km / 26 mi) are among the better-known natural attractions in the area. The local museum at Skógar (16 km / 10 mi) is varied and informative and accurately depicts life and conditions of the past. The Westman Islands are a little way off the southern shore. A ferry to the islands departs from Landeyjahöfn (56 km / 35 mi) and the ride lasts about 30 minutes. The Westman Islands are a wonderful – albeit long – day trip from Vellir.

Hosts: Sigurbjörg and Einar


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