Four double / twin rooms with shared bathrooms. Sleeping bag space for seven people in two rooms. Guests have access to a kitchen. Dining area with views towards Mt. Pétursey and a lounge area with a TV. Spacious patio. Free WiFi in the common areas of the house. Laundry facilities.
Breakfast is included in the price of accommodation. Dinner is also available if ordered in advance, traditional Icelandic cuisine with an emphasis on local ingredients. There are also cooking facilities for guests. The nearest supermarket is in the village of Vík í Mýrdal (22 km / 14 mi).
Service and recreation
There are many hiking trails nearby, both in the close surroundings and further afield in Mýrdalur. Horse riding tours (1-4 hours) departing from Völlur (5 km / 3 mi) and Mið-Hvoll (11 km / 7 mi). Hiking, ice-climbing, snowmobile and jeep tours on Sólheimajökull glacier (5 km / 3 mi). Skógafoss waterfall and the Folk Museum at Skógar (14 km / 9 mi). The nearest village with a geothermal swimming pool, a tourist information centre, a supermarket and other shops is Vík í Mýrdal (22 km / 14 mi). Vík also has a nine-hole golf course. Eystri-Sólheimar was a farm for many centuries, closing down in 2003. Since then the farmhouse has been operated as a family-run guesthouse during summer.
Dyrhólaey and Reynisfjara
Dyrhólaey (16 km / 10 mi) is a protected promontory with cliffs facing the sea. With rich birdlife in summer, visitors have the chance to see puffins up-close. A little east along the coast is the renowned Reynisfjara black sand beach (23 km / 14 mi), which stands beneath Reynisfjall mountain, known for its stunning columnar basalt cliff formations and caves. Reynisfjara also has breathtaking views of Reynisdrangar, magnificent basalt sea stacks jutting out from the ocean just off the coast.
Sólheimajökull is the longest outlet glacier in Iceland, forging its way from the Mýrdalsjökull ice sheet down to the lowlands (12 km / 7.5 mi to the tongue of the glacier from Eystri-Sólheimar). There’s a road going from the route no 1 highway (the ‘Ring Road’) to a car park close to the glacier. Ytri-Sólheimar, a neighbouring farm, offers tours on snowmobiles and specially equipped jeeps up onto Mýrdalsjökull glacier. There are also guided hiking tours on the glacier, with all the necessary gear provided.
Hiking trails suitable for everybody
There are many enticing paths and marked hiking trails around the heathlands, mountains and valleys south of Mýrdalsjökull. Hidden within are many fascinating sights that you’d miss when cruising past along the highway. Hikers should check out the countryside up from Höfðabrekka (5 km / 3 mi east of Vík) where there are routes in all directions, including trails into Þakgil gorge and towards the glacier. The black sand coastline, where ocean waves crash at the shore, is a perfect place to explore with the whole family, especially when the weather is good. The beach below the village of Vík is particularly lovely spot.
Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss and the Folk Museum at Skógar
The famous glacier-capped volcano, Eyjafjallajökull, towers nearby. At its eastern foothills is Skógafoss, one Iceland’s most spectacular waterfalls (12 km / 7.5 mi). Equally worth visiting is Seljalandsfoss, where you can actually walk behind the waterfall (28 km / 17 mi). At Skógar is an interesting folk museum that includes several historical houses, a place that the whole family will enjoy (12 km / 7.5 mi).
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