Rooms with shared facilities are located in the farmhouse, also one room with private bathroom. The other rooms with private bathroom (double and twin) are in a separate building close to the main building. One room is a 20m2 unit cottage with 140 cm bed and a sleeping sofa and one room is a 25m2 unit cottage with a 160 cm bed and two single beds. Dining room and sitting room with a great view over glacier Vatnajökull and four icefalls. Free Wi-Fi. Laundry facilities.
Meals, other than breakfast, available if pre-ordered. Traditional Icelandic fare, where local ingredients are emphasised.
Service and recreation
Nýpugarðar is a sheep farm with about 600 sheep, as well as 20 horses, a dog and a cat. Guests are welcome to observe lambing in spring, and partake in light farm work in winter. Birdlife is rich around the farm and further afield. There’s a petting zoo at farm Hólmur (5 km / 3.1 mi), where children and adults can have a great time. Marked hiking trails in Vatnajökull National Park. Snowmobiling to Skálafellsjökull (10 km / 6 mi) and quad tours along Hoffelsjökull (25 km / 15.5 mi). Hot tubs at Hoffell (25 km / 15.5 mi). The reservation Ósland, rock museum Huldusteinn and the Glacier Museum at Höfn, where you’ll also find the tourist information centre, are all worth a visit. Day tours to Jökulsárlón (47 km / 29 mi) and to Skaftafell National Park (105 km / 65 mi). Horse rental at Árnanes (30 km / 18.5 mi). Town Höfn is the closest town, where you’ll find a swimming pool, golf courses, supermarkets, restaurants, various tourism services and all expected general services (37 km / 23 mi).
The magic of glaciers
Nýpugarðar are in the southern Mýrar region in fjord Hornafjörður, about 4 km from route no 1 (the ‘Ring Road’), and a little east of river Hólmsá. The farm is on a hill with views over the lowlands and the world of icefalls and mountains unparalleled in the country – the southern Vatnajökull national park. A little further east along the ring road you’ll find a gravel path that most vehicles can pass, which goes to Fláajökull (10 km / 6 mi from the highway) -- a popular outdoor and hiking area.
Vatnajökull National Park, Heinabergssvæðið and Hjallanes
West of glacier Fláajökull is Heinabergsjökull glacier, now split in to along Hafrafellsháls ridge. It’s the home of two popular outdoor areas, namely Heinabergssvæði and Hjallanes. Each of these areas has many marked hiking trails – in Hjallanes, you can follow a marked trail to the southern icefall Skálafellsjökull, and there’s a circular trail to follow in Heinabergssvæðið. Just west off river Kolgríma you can drive up to Skálafell, where the Hjallanes hike starts. You can also follow a gravel path (passable by most vehicles) through Heinabergssvæðið (7.7 km / 4.8 mi to the parking lot). You could also join one of the daily, guided snowmobile tours to Skálafellsjökull.
Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, Skaftafell National Park, Lón and Lónsöræfi
Nýpugarðar are ideally located if you want to tour southeast Iceland. The renowned glacial lagoon Jökulsárlón is only 47 km / 29 mi west, and one of Iceland’s most popular outdoor attractions, national park Skaftafell, is about 104 km / 64.5 mi away. The journey east is also interesting, where you can stop in town Höfn and explore the Glacier Museum or walk along the Ósland reservation. The Almannaskarð pass, east of Höfn, has grand views over fjord Hornafjörður and the southern tip of glacier Vatnajökull. East of the pass is Lón (55 km / 34 mi), which is a charming stop for those who crave the tranquillity and natural beauty you can only experience on a quiet hike along a colourful and magnificent countryside. A little further inland are the Lónsöræfi, which no mountaineer can resist.