Six double / twin rooms; in one room there is also a bunk (family room). Shared bathroom. Lounge area, a good-sized and well-equipped kitchenette and a dining room. Hot tub.
Dinner available upon request a three-course meal with a main course of either fresh Icelandic salmon or mountain lamb served with home-grown vegetables and salad. Guests are welcome to cook their own meals in the guesthouse kitchen. There is a good restaurant at Hotel Leirubakki (12 km / 7.5 mi).
Service and recreation
Local artwork adorns the guesthouse. There are horses in meadows by the guesthouse, and guests are welcome to visit them and feed them some bread or hay. Trout fishing permits available. Horse rental and horse tours from Leirubakki (12 km / 7.5 mi) and Hestheimar (20 km / 12.5 mi). Visit the Hekla Centre tourist information and educational centre (20 km / 12.5 mi) or The Saga Centre at Hvolsvöllur (34 km / 21 mi). Seljalandsfoss waterfall (56 km / 35 mi) is well worth the drive. There’s an 18-hole golf course, Strandarvöllur (20 km / 12.5 mi), close to village Hella. Geothermal swimming pools at Laugaland (7 km / 4 mi) and village Hella (20 km / 12.5 mi).
Mt. Hekla, Hekla Centre, Hekla tours and hiking trails
Heimaland is an ideal location to relax in the peaceful countryside or if you intend to venture out on sightseeing trips around South Iceland. Mt. Hekla, Iceland's most famous volcano, is one of the region’s more prominent features and is a must-see for anyone touring the region. At Leirubakki (12 km / 7.5 mi) is the Hekla Centre, which has a modern, educational exhibition about Hekla, the history of the mountain’s eruptions and its impact on the people living in the surrounding countryside from the Age of Settlement to the present. The Hekla Centre also has an information centre, which provides advice and directions around Hekla and its surroundings. You can also join guided tours of Hekla that depart from Leirubakki.
The spirit of the wilderness, Landmannalaugar
The main road to the highlands, route no 26, travels up from Heimaland and into Iceland’s uninhabited centre along a route known as ‘Sprengisandur’. If you plan on visiting Landmannalaugar and / or hike the popular Laugavegur trail between Landmannalaugar and Þórsmörk, this is the route to take. Coaches stop at Leirubakki twice daily on the way to and from Landmannalaugar, which is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the highlands, celebrated for its natural beauty and indescribable colours.
Þjórsárdalur, the Saga Age farm, Gullfoss and Geysir
Heimaland is ideally situated for making a trip to Þjórsárdalur valley (65 km / 40 mi). To reach the valley, drive along route no 26 past Leirubakki and follow the river until you can cross the bridge above the dams and power plants, just above the edge of the highlands. Then, drive south on the other side of the river to reach the valley. Its unique and diverse natural beauty is a treat, and don’t miss gems like Hjálparfoss waterfall and the gorge Gjáin. There are furthermore many lovely hiking trails around the area, shaped by its proximity to the great volcano. In Þjórsárdalur, it is also possible to visit a reconstruction of a Saga Age farm at Stöng (open from June 1 to August 31), which was abandoned during the 1104 eruption of Hekla. It is 72 km / 45 mi from Þjórsárdalur to Gullfoss, and from there it is 10 km / 6 mi from the geothermal area around Geysir.
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