Five double / twin rooms (extra beds available for two of them) on the upper floor of the farmer’s house in Ártún. Guests share a bathroom on their floor. The sitting room has a TV, there is a large furnished porch with a BBQ, and free Wi-Fi. There is also a large campsite with all necessary facilities by the farm. You can order meals to the campsite.
There’s a dining area on the ground floor. Dinner is available if pre-ordered. There is also a bar. Groups can pre-book dinner or lunch (for up to 15 people). There is a small shop in village Grenivík (8 km / 5 mi) that sells most necessities. For larger shops and supermarkets, head to town Akureyri (30 km / 18.5 mi).
Service and recreation
You can find many good places for birdwatching during summer, and there is also a great variety of hiking routes to explore. Your hosts are more than willing to tell you more about the hikes and trails that hold most interest. The Laufás district museum is only 2 km away (1.2 mi). For riding tours, head to Pólarhestar in Grýtubakki (4 km / 2.5 mi). There is a nine-hole par 34 golf course in Hvammur (7 km / 4.5 mi) and there’s a swimming pool in village Grenivík (8 km / 5 mi). There is an outdoor and ski area in Kaldbakur (where Kaldbaksferðir depart; 8 km / 5 mi). The nearest village is Grenivík, and the nearest town is Akureyri – Iceland’s largest town outside the capital area.
Hikes for all
Ártún is a good place for anyone interested in outdoor activities and nature hikes, and you can wander over mountains and moors, along the coast’s cliffs or through welcoming valleys. Try some of the interesting routes up mountain Kaldbakur (1,167 m / 3,828 ft.), and if you’d like more of a stroll than a climb, head to cape Þengilhöfði. A little south of village Grenivík, this 260-metre cape (853 ft.) is a good option for hikes of low to moderate endurance. You can also try out mountain Laufáshnjúkur (662 m / 2,171 ft.). It’s a relatively easy climb, but the final stretch requires some skill and is quite steep. It’s worth it – the view from the top over the whole fjord is quite extraordinary.
Fnjóskadalur – Vaglaskógur – rural tranquillity
A little way east, a highway passes Ártún and goes on through a narrow valley to Fnjóskadalur valley, a welcoming countryside where you can visit Iceland’s largest birch forest, Vaglaskógur (27 km / 16 mi). It’s a very popular outdoor area that the whole family will enjoy. A calm side road off the main highway to Fnjóskadalur will take you north along the fjord and to the mountains. The road, named Flateyjardalsheiði, is often overlooked but offers a wonderful perspective of the north Iceland landscapes. This road used to be the only link to secluded villages that have long since been abandoned. Tour operator Fjörðungar that operates from village Grenivík specialises in summer hiking tours to this secluded area that last a few days. Your guides will transport your backpacks so you can enjoy nature with a light heart and no burdens.
The Kaldbakur winter paradise
Mountain Kaldbakur is the highest peak in north Eyafjörður, where you can see far and wide on a bright day in either summer or winter. Gaining more popularity in the last few years, this area has a lot to offer when it comes to winter sports and activities. Locals claim this slope is the longest and most fun slope in Iceland and it’s a great place for skiers, snowmobilers, snowboarders and hikers. Between January and May you can book a tour by snow cat up the slope if conditions allow (minimum number of bookings: 10) and tours depart three times a day. The tour lasts about 45 minutes, with a 15-minute-stop on the peak. You can then choose between descending by snow cat or strapping on your skis and flying down with the wind.
Hosts: Benedikt and Kristín