Efstidalur 2



Efstidalur 2

A typical yet also somewhat different Icelandic farm under the bushy slopes of the mountainside, located in the heart of South Iceland, halfway between Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths and Gullfoss and Geysir. Accommodation with private entrances and en-suite bathrooms and rooms with shared bathrooms in the old farmhouse. Café attached to the cowshed and a restaurant that serves produce straight from the farm. Hiking trails. Good location for sightseeing around South Iceland. Open all year.  

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Amentities

  • Shared bathroom with hand basin (Cat.II)
  • Private bathroom (Cat.III)
  • Cottage
  • Working farm
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Hot tub
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • TV
  • Credit cards accepted

In the area

  • Geysir hot spring area 12 km
  • Laugarvatn Fontana Spa 13 km
  • Reykholt village 13 km
  • Gullfoss Waterfall 26 km
  • Þingvellir National Park 30 km
  • Sólheimar Eco Village 33 km
  • Skálholt historic site 35 km
  • Kerið volcanic crater lake 37 km

Accommodation

At the farm Efstidalur:  Ten double / twin rooms in a separate single-floor building by the farm, all with private entrance and en-suites. TV, coffee and tea in every room.  Also one family room with private bathroom and 5 rooms with two shared bathrooms in the old farmhouse from June 2017.

Hrísholt by Laugarvatn:  The house is in the village Laugarvatn, 13 km / 8 mi from Efstidalur. The house has 3 bedrooms; 1 triple room and 2 double rooms and sleeping bed in the TV-corner and the living room. Baby bed and baby chair. Free Wi-Fi connection. Ideal for families or friends travelling together. The village is located by the lake Laugarvatn where you can find Grocery Store, Restaurant, Laugarvatn Fontana and the handcraft gallery. Everything in walking distance and around the village are also many hiking possibilities. If preferred, guests can enjoy the breakfast buffet at the farm Efstidalur and at the same time watching the cows in the cowshed.

 
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The restaurant (by the reception area in the old apartment building on the farm) places an emphasis on using ingredients straight from the farm and local to the region. Attached to the cowshed, in a building that used to be the barn, are Íshlaðan café, a restaurant, an ice cream shop and a dairy. Guests can see the cows and watch the farmers working in the dairy while enjoying meals and refreshments straight from the farm. In the dairy you can watch the locals making ice cream, cheese and ‘skyr’ (a traditional and uniquely Icelandic dairy product that has been eaten by Icelanders for centuries). Íshlaðan also sells products from the farm including cheese, ice cream and beef.

 
Service and recreation

There is horse rental at Efstidalur where guests can get to know the Icelandic horse on shorter or longer riding tours. Good hiking trails nearby. The Slakki Petting Zoo and Family Park in Laugarás (22 km / 13.7 mi) is fun for the whole family. River rafting and canoeing at Hvítá river (23 km / 14 mi). Trout fishing in the Brúará spring water stream (fishing licenses can be purchased from Sel in Grímsnes, 19 km / 12 mi). The closest golf courses are in Miðdalur (8 km / 5 mi) and Úthlíð (5 km / 3 mi). At Efra-Sel, by the village Flúðir, is an 18-hole golf course (25 km / 15.5 mi). There is a good swimming pool and spa, Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths, at Laugarvatn (13 km / 8 mi), and a swimming pool in the village Reykholt (13 km / 8 mi). The nearest towns with shops and supermarkets are Laugarvatn (13 km / 8 mi), Reykholt (13 km / 8 mi) and Flúðir (27 km / 17 mi), where you can also find a liquor store.

 
Birds singing, the scent of birch and beautiful hiking trails

The Efstidalur farm is located under the densely vegetated mountainside, and from the farmyard is an expansive view over the region to the volcano Hekla in the distance, and all the way to Eyjafjallajökull when visibility is good. Many summer cottages have been built in the area because it is a sheltered spot, and on beautiful summer days the scent of birch and bird songs fill the fresh, clean air. The area has many beautiful hiking trails suitable for all levels of skill, for example around the old road trail that was built for the King of Denmark’s visit in 1907 (Brúarárfoss) or along the trail from the summer cottage area in Úthlíð up to Brúarárskörð. The mountains above the cottages will also undoubtedly tempt anyone who enjoys mountain hikes.

 
Geysir, Strokkur and Gullfoss

Efstidalur II is an ideal place to stay for anyone who wants to visit many of the most famous natural treasures in South Iceland. It is 17 km / 10.5 mi to the Geysir geothermal area, where the Strokkur geyser erupts spectacularly every 10-12 minutes. From there, it is just 10 km / 6 mi to Gullfoss, Iceland’s most famous waterfall, considered by many to be the most beautiful waterfall in all of Europe. A short distance inwards from Geysir is a lovely oasis, Haukadalsskógur forest, which has marked hiking trails, and where families can enjoy the peace and quiet of nature away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

 
Skálholt, geothermal cultivation and Þingvellir National Park

For many centuries, Skálholt (18 km / 11 mi) functioned as a sort of ‘capital’ of Iceland. There was a bishopric here from 1056 to 1796, and it was an important educational centre for the Catholic and Lutheran faiths. A short distance from Skálholt is the village of Reykholt (13 km / 8 mi from Efstidalur II), one of the rural areas where geothermal heat is used for greenhouse cultivation. In Friðheimar, people can visit the greenhouses, learn about the cultivation and sample the produce. Þingvellir National Park, an enchanting location of unique natural beauty, is just a 25-minute-drive from Efstidalur.

Hosts: Halla Rós, Sölvi, Kristín Ingunn, Guðrún Karítas and Árni.

Prices

The accommodation at Efstidalur is available on request. Please fill out the booking request form to make a booking.

 
 Accommodation type
  Winter 2017 - 2018  
  1 Oct - 30 Apr
 Summer 2018 
 1 May - 30 Sept  
 Single room with shared bathroom and hand basin | Category II   €128 per room  €185 per room
 Single room with private bathroom | Category III   €143 per room  €194 per room
 Double or twin room with shared bathroom and hand basin | Category II   €170 per room  €188 per room
 Double or twin room with private bathroom | Category III   €198 per room  €250 per room
 Family room for 3 persons with private bathroom | Category III  €297 per room  €375 per room
 Cottage for 7 persons | Category C   €460  €438-509
      Cleaning   Included  Included
      Bed linen   Included  Included

Prices are per night.

 

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