Rooms with private bathroom in single, double/twin, triple and family rooms up to four pers. in a few buildings; the mainhouse, separate building and cabins. Reception, sitting area and dining hall in main building. Free Wi-Fi in the main building.
Breakfast is included. Dinner available.
Service and recreation
There are many interesting hikes in the area, both short and long, some of which are marked. Birdwatching. The black sand beaches are within easy walking distance. Þórbergssetur, a museum centred on the life and works of author Þórbergur Þórðarson from nearby farm Hali is quite close, or only 150 m (164 yards) on foot. Jökulsárlón, the glacial lagoon, is 13 km (8 mi) away. Guided tours to Vatnajökull glacier depart close by, or 20 km (12.4 mi). Other attractions include Skaftafell National Park (70 km / 43.5 mi) and Ingólfshöfði (50 km / 31 mi). The nearest town is Höfn, where guests will find supermarkets, a swimming pool, golf courses and museums (70 km / 43.5 mi).
Magnificent nature guarded by the giant glacier
The south-eastern landscapes by the foothills of Vatnajökull glacier are quite unique and full of contrasts; the steely-blue ocean meets the black sand beaches; green and flowery fields and hills are found alongside cliffs and canyons; the homes of elves and trolls and the rugged mountains share quarters with glacier tongues and the silvery dome of Vatnajökull itself. The area surrounding Gerði is the promised land of hikers and those who enjoy the great outdoors, both high and low.
The museum – a door to the past
Þórbergssetur at the farm Hali is a carefully curated museum that centres on the life and works of Þórbergur Þórðarson, one of Iceland’s most beloved 20th century authors. There, guests can learn about local history, enter a re-built model of the farm’s sitting room as it looked during the author’s youth in the late 19th century, and view a depiction of his life and surroundings in the capital Reykjavík in the last century.
Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, glacier day tours and Skaftafell
Jökulsárlón is only 13 km (8 mi) from Gerði. The vast glacial lagoon is set against the backdrop of the dramatic black sands of Breiðamerkursandur, and may very well be Iceland’s best-known attraction. Large boulders of ice glide along the lake after breaking violently away from the glacier, heading to sea. When exploring the lagoon by boat, guests come very close to these crafted pieces of art. About 20 km (12 mi) from the lagoon, guests can take day-trips up to the southern foothills of the glacier in specially modified jeeps and snowmobiles. It is quite certain that walking along the glistening firn while enjoying the natural luminescence while surrounded by the unparalleled panoramic views will scarcely be forgotten. Drive 70 km (43 mi) into the west to experience Skaftafell National Park, which is a part of the glacier reservation.
Hosts: Björn and Þórey.