Skarð



Skarð

Accommodation in a private house at a farm in Norðurdalur valley, in from Breiðdalur valley, which is centrally located in the East fjords. The region is expansive and rivers wind like ribbons through the landscape to meet the sea, watched over by blue and edgy cliff tops. The beauty of the landscape attracts hikers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Skarð is approximately 10 km (6.2 mi) from the crossroads of the Ring Road where it passes over Breiðdalsheiði moor and to the Fljótsdalshérað region. Open from 1 may to 30 September. 

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Amentities

  • Shared bathroom (Cat.I)
  • Private bathroom (Cat.III)
  • Working farm
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Open vouchers

In the area

  • Good hiking/walking options
  • Horse rental 25 km
  • Breiðdalsvík village 20 km
  • Petra´s stone museum in Stöðvarfjörður 38 km
  • Egilsstaðir 83 km
  • Hallormsstaður forrest (bike rental and restaurant) 87 km
  • Atlavík boat rental by Lake Lagarfljót 89 km
  • Hengifoss waterfall by Lake Lagarfljót 94 km
  • Skriðuklaustur  (centre of culture and history) 99 km
  • Snæfellsstofa (visitor centre at Skriðuklaustur for the east territory of Vatnajökull National Park) 99 km

Accommodation

One double/twin room with an en-suite bathroom. Three single rooms with shared bathroom facilities. The rooms, as well as a roomy sitting room / dining room, are located in a separate wing of the farmhouse. Free Wi-Fi.

 
Board

Breakfast is included.

 
Service and recreation

Guided hikes are offered, as well as transport to and from hikes. This service must be pre-ordered. Traditional Icelandic woolen sweaters are sold at the farm, hand-knitted by the farmer’s wife. The nearest town, where there is a supermarket, swimming pool with a hot tub, outdoor market, mechanic and bank, is Breiðdalsvík (20 km /12.4 mi). The town Egilsstaðir in the Fljótsdalshérað region is 83 km (52.5 mi) away and Seyðisfjörður, where the ferry Norræna docks, is 110 km (68.4 mi) away, via Breiðdalsheiði.

 
Waterfalls, sandy shores and rare rocks

Many things will please the traveller in Breiðdalur valley, such as the Beljandi waterfall in the Breiðdalsá river and Flögufoss waterfall, a 60-m-high (197 ft.) waterfall near the mouth of Suðurdalur valley. The walk from the road to Flögufoss is quite comfortable. Meleyri, the shore close to the village Breiðdalsvík, is rich in birdlife and a tempting family stroll. Kambanes, between Breiðdalsvík and the next fjord north of it, Stöðvarfjörður, is a prime location for outdoor activities of many kinds. In the village Stöðvarfjörður (38 km / 23.6 mi) is Petra’s stone collection, which all geology enthusiasts, whether laymen or connoisseurs, should not miss.

 
The hiker’s promised land

The mountains in Breiðdalur, as well as moors and mountain passes, are a wonderful world for hikers and mountain climbers. A route passes Skarð that goes through the Jórvíkurskarð pass (426 m / 1,400 ft.) and goes on to Suðurdalur valley. The route up to the pass itself is quite steep and the hike should last about 1.5 hours. Another route can be taken directly from the farm, namely the route over to the fjord Stöðvarfjörður, where hikers pass through various magnificent landscapes of Reindalsheiði moor and the eponymous mountain pass, Reindalsheiðarskarð (881 m / 2,890 ft.), where a route, marked with cairns, leads the way to the valley in from Stöðvarfjörður. This hike takes about 4 – 5 hours to complete. The hosts at Skarð provide pick-up at the destination. This service must be pre-ordered.

 
Fjords and neighbouring regions

Breiðdalur valley is centrally located in the East Fjords, where various roads lead to interesting attractions in the neighbouring regions. The drive to the northern neighbouring fjords, Stöðvarfjörður, Fáskrúðsfjörður and Reyðarfjörður (via the Fáskrúðsfjörður tunnel) comes highly recommended. Hallormsstaður is about 87 km (54 mi) away, via Breiðdalsheiði moor. One of Iceland’s largest forests is located there, as well as a beautiful park where there is a bike rental, boat hire (in Atlavík) and a diner. There is a culture and heritage museum at Skriðuklaustur, an old convent, 99 km (61.5 mi) away, where guests will also find Snæfellsstofa, the visitor’s and service centre that serves the eastern part of the Vatnajökull national park.


Hosts: Ásdís

 

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