Ten studio apartments with en-suite double/twin rooms, cooking facilities and TV. Sofa beds in three apartments, suitable for families. Spacious common room with a fireplace. Large veranda with a grilling area. Easy access for the disabled. Free Wi-Fi. Sleeping bag accommodation in dorms for up to 20 people. Laundry facilities. A fully equipped campsite with facilities for caravans.
Dinner available from June 15th to August 20th if ordered in advance. Licenced restaurant. A small supermarket in Hallormsstaður sells bread, dairy products and meat for grilling (15 km / 9 mi). Lunch buffet during the summer months at café/restaurant Klausturkaffi at Skriðuklaustur (2 km / 1.2 mi).
Service and recreation
A playground for children. Fishing / hunting permits. Hiking trails. The Landsvirkjun visitor centre by Kárahnjúkar power plant is in Végarður, a short distance from the guesthouse. For varied information about the area, visit Skriðuklaustur Centre of Culture and History and Snæfellsstofa visitor centre, an information centre for the east territory of Vatnajökull National Park (2 km / 1.2 mi). Hengifoss, the country's second-highest waterfall is well worth a stop (6 km / 3.7 mi). Hallormsstaðaskógur forest and the Atlavík inlet offer a horse rental, bicycle and boat rentals (15 km / 9 mi). A nine-hole golf course, par 35, at Ekkjufell (45 km / 28 mi) close to the nearest town in the area, Egilsstaðir (40 km / 25 mi), where you'll find shops, restaurants, a lovely swimming pool with good facilities, a tourist information centre and various other general services. Scheduled domestic flight services (flight time: 1 hour) between Reykjavík and Egilsstaðir. Seyðisfjörður, where ferry Norræna stops, is 68 km / 42 mi away.
Fljótsdalur, a popular outdoor and hiking area
Fljótsdalur valley lies between gentle slopes and a cliffy terrace, through which runs the glacial river Jökulsá á Fljótsdal/Lagarfljót. To the south are extensive heaths where the quiet highlands captivate the mind, whereas the valley itself is teaming with life, in summer in particular, as this is one of the most popular outdoor and hiking areas in East Iceland. Hengifoss waterfall, Iceland's second highest, is around 6 km / 3.7 mi from the guesthouse and you can walk up to the waterfall to better enjoy this natural phenomenon. Nature enthusiasts could also go to Strútsfoss waterfall in Suðurdalur valley (height 74 m / 240 ft.) by taking a comfortable 20-minute walk along an astounding ravine from farm Sturluflöt (14 km / 8.6 mi).
Hallormsstaðaskógur (15 km / 9.3 mi) was placed under protection in 1905 and is now believed to be Iceland's largest forest, covering some 740 hectares (about 99 acres). Within the forest are around 40 km / 25 mi of marked and unmarked hiking trails. Hallormsstaður houses a family-friendly tree museum with over 70 types of trees. Down by lake Lagarfljót is the renowned inlet Atlavík with a popular camping area and a boat rental during summer months. In addition, the forest has playgrounds and good barbeque areas. A walk through Ranaskógur forest can be recommended, by Gilsárgil ravine (10 km / 6 mi), one of the country's most beautiful and lush forests.
Kárahnjúkar power plant
The Landsvirkjun visitor centre by Kárahnjúkar power plant is in Végarður, a short distance from the guesthouse. It offers printed and visual material providing insight into Kárahnjúkar power plant, geographical and construction models, as well as insight into natural features and potential for travelling and outdoor activities. You can take the road to Kárahnjúkar by farm Bessastaðir, some 4 km / 2.5 mi further out in the valley, and if you drive for an hour from Fljótsdalsgrund guesthouse you’ll reach the viewing platform close to Desjarárstífla dam. From there you can view this most magnificent yet controversial power plant in Iceland.
Hosts: Helga and Jósef