Two cottages (32m2 / 344.5 ft2), both with one bedroom. Double bed and single bed is in one of the houses but in the other house is a double bed and a bunk bed in the other house. Both houses have a sitting room with a kitchenette, sofa bed, TV, DVD and a large porch with a BBQ. A playground is nearby.
The guesthouse is located 500 metres from the farm (0.3 mi) and has 7 double / twin rooms and one room that sleeps three (single bed and a bunk bed). All rooms have a washbasin, coffee / tea and a hairdryer. There is a shared washroom in the common area. Sitting room with TV. Furnished porch.
Breakfast is served in restaurant “Hjá okkur” (“Our Place”) that sits up to 30 people and is 500 metres (0.3 mi) from the farm. The restaurant is open for dinner service from 18 – 22. You can also buy fresh produce from the farm, like duck eggs and marmalade. The nearest shop is in village Vopnafjörður (22 km / 13.7 mi).
Service and recreation
Many and varied hiking routes that vary in difficulty, some marked. Horse rental at farm Syðri-Vík (17 km / 10.5 mi), where you can also buy fishing permits for trout in river Hofsá in Vopnafjörður, one of the better-known salmon rivers in Iceland. There is a district museum in a turf house at Burstarfell (8 km / 5 mi) where there is also a café, open in summer. There is a 9-hole golf course just beyond village Vopnafjörður (22 km / 13.7 mi), and a pool in Selárdalur (34 km / 21 mi). Vopnafjörður is the nearest village, where you will find shops, a tourism information centre and various other services.
Lovely hikes in a beautiful region
Síreksstaðir are just off the mouth of valley Sunnudalur in the Vopnafjörður region. The valley then continues on to the highlands. Centrally located in the region, you can find many varied hiking routes that the whole family can enjoy. For example, it takes about an hour to hike to an abandoned farm a little further along the valley. You could also walk by the seaside, like along the ness Fuglabjarganes or along the spit just outside village Vopnafjörður. Mountain climbers could attempt to conquer Krossavíkurfjall, which overlooks the village from the other side of the fjord, and the view from the top is quite grand. You can get hiking maps at the information centre in Vopnafjörður.
An Icelandic turf house at Burstafell
The late-19th-century stately turf house at Burstarfell (8 km / 5 mi) is considered among the most beautiful turf houses in Iceland. Inhabited until 1966, it now houses an interesting district museum in a building that in its day was fit for aristocracy. After a tour of the museum, enjoy a cup of coffee at the café “Hjáleigan” (“The Tenancy”).
The pool at Selárdalur was constructed in 1949 and is by a warm spring in the valley, just a little north of village Vopnafjörður (12 km / 7.5 mi). The pool is well kept and normally at around 33°C (91.4°F). It is secluded yet welcoming, just by the mouth of the lovely Selárdalur valley and close to a riverbank. All facilities are quite good, and the pool is used for swimming lessons for local school children. The pool is not connected to electricity, making it even more unique. In winter, it is lit with candles, and a late-night dip on a clear winter night is unforgettable – not least if the northern lights make an appearance.
Local day tours
Síreksstaðir are well located if you intend to go on day trips along the coast north of Vopnafjörður, or visit the regions by Bakkaflói and Þistilfjörður, where way of life is shaped by the rough northern nature. Consider visiting town Egilsstaðir (120 km / 74.5 mi), waterfall Dettifoss (132 km / 82 mi) and natural jewel Lake Mývatn (140 km / 87 mi).
Hosts: Sigríður and Halldór