A guesthouse with 24 rooms, most of which are en-suite. It’s centrally located in a well-known region in northeast Iceland, between lake Mývatn and whale-watching town Húsavík. The farm is in a welcoming and tranquil county where one of Iceland’s best-known salmon river holds much allure. Guests can explore many hiking trails and other attractions, and Brekka is very well located for those who want to go on day tours around the region. Open 1 March to 1 November (open during Christmas and New Year).

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  • Shared bathroom (Cat.I)
  • Shared bathroom with hand basin (Cat.II)
  • Private bathroom (Cat.III)
  • Family rooms 3+
  • Free Wi-Fi in some areas
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Meals available
  • Credit cards accepted

In the area

  • Grenjaðarstaður, local heritage museum
  • Goðafoss waterfall 17 km
  • Whale watching from Húsavík 30 km
  • Lake Mývatn 32 km


20 double / twin rooms and one three-person room in separate buildings. All rooms are en-suite with a shower and have a private entrance. Three additional rooms in the main house that share a bathroom – one double, one three-person room and one family room (a double room and a separate sitting room with a bunk bed). Free Wi-Fi.


There’s a restaurant and bar at Brekka, and during dinner, you can have your pick of the á la Carte menu. Packed lunches available. There’s a porch by the restaurant, as well as a sitting room with a TV, where guests have access to computers with ADSL.

Service and recreation

Hikes. Riding tours: Garður í Aðaldal (8 km / 5 mi) and Saltvík, just south of town Húsavík (25 km / 15.5 mi). Whale watching and sea angling tours depart from Húsavík (30 km / 18.5 mi). Birdwatching along the riverbanks of salmon river Laxá í Aðaldal. A good district museum at Grenjaðarstaður (5 km / 3 mi), and a whale museum at Húsavík. Swimming pools: Heiðarbær í Reykjahverfi in the next valley to the east (10 km / 6 mi), and at Laugar í Reykjadal (20 km / 12.5 mi). The nearest town is Húsavík, where there are supermarkets, shops, a pool, a golf course and various services.

Hikes, a turf house museum, Goðafoss waterfall

There’s something to explore in every direction when you stay at Brekka and many of Iceland’s most renowned natural attractions are close by. You can also explore various hiking routes and other entertaining and informative activities. Not far from the guesthouse is Grenjaðarstaður, a good district museum housed in a stately Icelandic turf house from the last decade of the 19th century (5 km / 3 mi). Waterfall Goðafoss is only a 27-km-drive from there (17 mi). Counted among the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland, having your picture taken here with the glistening drizzle in the background should be on every traveller’s to-do list.

Whale watching, Ásbyrgi, Jökulsárgljúfur

Daily whale watching tours depart from town Húsavík (30 km /18.5mi), where you can embark on an adventure to search for earth’s largest mammals. Before you head out onto the bay, pay a visit to the informative whale museum in town, where you can learn about whales, their way of life and where they live. Drive a further 65 km (40.5 mi) from Húsavík to reach park Ásbyrgi and canyons Jökulsárgljúfur that are within the boundaries of the Vatnajökull National Park. Many marked hiking routes can be found in both these areas that vary in difficulty and include anything between a 30-minute leisurely walk to two-day hiking tours. In summer, tours depart daily from Ásbyrgi to waterfall Dettifoss. Ásbyrgi, located in valley Vesturdalur, is one of the better-known areas of the Jökulsárgljúfur canyon row.

The magic of Mývatn

Lake Mývatn, along with its nearest surroundings (41 km / 25.5 mi), is one of Iceland’s best-known attractions. It’s a welcoming region, surrounding a lake that has shaped by nature’s powers over tens of thousands of years – and they’re still going strong. No one should miss Dimmubrogir, Hverfjall, Grjótagjá, Skútustaðagígar, Kálfastrandarland, Lofthellir, Leirhnjúkur, Krafla and Hverarönd by Námafjall. Roads and hiking trails to these attractions are well marked, and there is furthermore an information centre and booking agent in village Reykjahlíð.

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