Two double / twin rooms and two single rooms that all share a bathroom. A well-equipped kitchen and a good dining room. A porch with a hot tub and a grill.
Breakfast available. Diners and restaurants in town Sauðárkrókur (9 km / 5.5 mi) and at Hotel Varmahlíð (18 km / 11 mi), as well as at Hofsstaðir in the Viðvíkursveit county (26 km / 16 mi). Supermarkets and shops in Sauðárkrókur.
Service and recreation
Hikes and birdwatching in a reservation by lake Miklavatn on the lowlands by the farm. Various hiking routes, both short and long, over hills and through valleys. White river rafting through glacial river gorges (ask for further information at the Tourism Information Centre in Varmahlíð, 18 km (11 mi)). Skiing for the whole family in mt. Tindastóll close to town Sauðárkrókur. Go on riding tours, or take boat trips to island Drangey. Practice your swing at the nine-hole golf course Hlíðarendavöllur by the town. Visit the Glaumbær Heritage Museum (9 km / 5.5 mi), Hólar in Hjaltadalur valley (38 km / 24 mi), or visit the Emigration Centre at village Hofsós (44 km / 27.5 mi). Sauðárkrókur is the closest town, where you’ll find a swimming pool, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and various tourism services (9 km /5.5 mi).
Enjoy birdwatching during the midnight sunset
Glæsibær is just off the main road between Varmahlíð and Sauðárkrókur and only 9 km (5.5 mi) south of the town. The lowlands by the farm are home the lake Miklavatn, which is a protected bird reservation and holds quite a lot of interest for enthusiastic birdwatchers. The mountain Staðaröxl overlooks the farm, and just across from the county’s corral, Staðarrét (2 km south of the farm (1.2 mi)), you’ll find a hiking trail to the moor’s edge south of the mountain. From there, you’ll have panoramic views over the region and standing there at midnight, watching the midnight sun kiss the horizon, is quite unforgettable.
Sail to greet the puffin and the outlaw
Drangey isle is a palagonite cliff, rising 180 metres above sea level in the middle of the fjord and in clear sight from Glæsibær. It’s home to a large colony of birds, as well as being where Iceland’s most famous hero-turned-outlaw, Grettir the Strong, spent the last days of his life. In summer (June 1st to August 15th), you can book boat tours to the isle from farm Reykir, situated just by the shore north of town Sauðárkrókur (26 km / 16 mi). Tours depart daily during the season. After the tour, you can relax in hot tubs at Reykir and enjoy refreshments at the local café.
The Old and New Worlds
Across the fjord is Hólar in Hjaltadalur valley (38 km / 24 mi). This was an episcopal seat between 1106 and 1798, and was in fact the main centre of higher learning and culture in North Iceland for almost 700 years. There’s a stone church at Hólar, inaugurated in 1763, as well as Auðunarstofa, a rebuilt wooden parlour that originally stood on site from 1316 to 1810. Village Hofsós is only 16 km (10 mi) from the crossroads to Hólar, and there you can visit the Emigration Centre, an exhibition on the lives and destinies of Icelanders who emigrated to Canada and the US in the late 19th century. There’s also a remarkable swimming pool in the village, just by the coastline, with spectacular ocean views over the isles that adorn the fjord.
The Icelandic turf house, mountain valleys and glacial river canyons
If you travel south from Glæsibær, you should stop by the Glaumbær Heritage Museum (9 km / 5.5 mi), where the main attraction is a grand turf house based on late-19th-century stately homes. A short distance from village Varmahlíð is church Víðimýrarkirkja, a small Icelandic turf church, originally built in 1836. The valleys further along the region, collectively known as Skagafjarðardalir, are a must-see for all nature lovers.
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