Hengifoss Guesthouse

Hengifoss Guesthouse

A guesthouse in a beautiful and tranquil place in Fljótsdalur Valley, inland in the Fljótsdalshérað region, Northeast Iceland. Studio apartments and sleeping bag accommodation. Walking and hiking trails and places of interest in the surrounding area. A 10-minute-drive away is forest Hallormsstaðaskógur, an enchanting outdoor area for the family. Great location for sightseeing in East Iceland. On clear winter evenings, northern lights are a common sight. Open from 1 March to 1 December.  

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  • Shared bathroom
  • Private bathroom
  • Family rooms 3+
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bar
  • Meals on request
  • Cooking facilities
  • TV in rooms

In the area

  • Hallormsstaður forest
  • Lake Lagarfljót
  • Church Valþjófsstaðarkirkja 1 km
  • Hengifoss waterfall (3.5 km) and Strútsfoss waterfall (13 km)
  • Skriðuklaustur 2.6 km  (centre of culture and history)
  • Snæfellsstofa 2.6 km, information centre for the east territory of Vatnajökull National Park
  • Hallormsstaður 15 km (bike rental, horse rental and restaurant)
  • Fljótsdalsstöð power plant
  • Egilsstaðir 40 km
  • Kárahnjúkar power station 65 km


10 x 2 double rooms with en-suite bathroom, 5 of them have kitchenette. Extra bed on demand. The standard rooms are 21m2 but 2 rooms are 27m2 with kitchenette and extra bed/sofa bed. If requested, guests can have fridge and television in their rooms.

3 double rooms with shared bathroom; one room with two beds, another room with one single bed and bunk bed for 2 pers. and the third room has 2 bunk beds for up to 4-5 pers.

A fully equipped campsite with facilities for caravans.  

Spacious common room with a fireplace. Large veranda with a grilling area. Easy access for the disabled. Free Wi-Fi. 


Breakfast, always with home made jam. Dinner available from June 15th to August 20th if booked in advance. Guests can choose between meat and fish as the dish of the day. Also an option for vegitarian and vegan. 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). Kárahnjúkar dam is about a 1 hour drive away.


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.

Hosts: Sigga and Helga.


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