28 comfortable rooms with shared bathrooms. Three single rooms, three triple rooms, 17 double / twin rooms and five family rooms with either a double bed or twin beds and a large sofa bed (suitable for two children). All beds are good. Free Wi-Fi and easy access for wheelchairs throughout the house. The cosy sitting room and bar has a TV, books and board games. The interesting decorations are a pleasure to study, and include various art and vintage items.
The back garden has a hot tub overlooking the fjord where you can relax after a day of activities. There is also a lovely grove on the grounds where you can sit down with a cup of coffee or your breakfast, or you can idle in the hammock and daydream the day away.
The guesthouse's restaurant is open during the summer season (May – October). Other times of the year, you can pre-book group meals for groups. The hosts emphasise quality ingredients and organic produce from the region, and the breakfast buffet is laid out with homemade bread and jams.
Service and recreation
Skjaldarvík operates a horse rental service all year. Age limit: 12 years. There are many interesting routes to explore on horseback, either along the coast or over hills and ridges near the farm. During summer, you can also join Ride 'n bite tours where a two-course dinner is included. Buggy-tours are available all year where you can enjoy the nature in the beautiful surroundings of Skjaldarvík while on the tour. You need to have a valid driving licensed to drive the buggy. The guesthouse has a small shop that sells a variety of Icelandic products and handicrafts. There’s a playground in the area and guests will also run into horses, a dog and chickens. In Akureyri, the closest town, you’ll find shops, supermarkets, restaurants, clubs, museums and all basic tourism services, a swimming pool and an 18-hole golf course (Jaðarsvöllur) (5 km / 3 mi).
Skjaldarvík is certified as a 4 star guesthouse by Vakinn, the official quality and environmental system within Icelandic tourism. More about Vakinn.
Svarfaðardalur valley – the birdwatcher’s paradise
Travellers will find much to their liking in Eyjafjörður fjord, and Skjaldarvík is very well located if you intend to tour the region. 33 km (20.5 mi) north of the guesthouse is valley Svarfaðardalur, for example, which is very beautiful and welcoming, surrounded by high mountains. A protected wetland, about 40 bird species nest here and birdwatching facilities are good.
Town Siglufjörður – the herring capital
You can easily drive from fishing village Dalvík, just by the mouth of Svarfaðardalur valley, through the terribly beautiful mountains and fjords of peninsula Tröllaskagi, and on to town Siglufjörður (70 km / 43.5 mi). The town was once the capital of herring fishing in Iceland, but is now a popular tourist attraction, not least because of the interesting Herring Museum.
Eyjafjörður country and the lovely nature of the lake Mývatn area
The inland region of Eyjafjörður is one of the most welcoming and fertile regions in Iceland. While touring the region, you can make various stops and enjoy nature, elegant mountains and everything the locals offer travelling guests. The well-known Mývatn region, where you can visit places like Dimmuborgir, Hverfjall and Námaskarð, is just about a 100-km-drive from Skjaldarvík (62 mi).
Hosts: Bryndís and Ólafur