Four 26.5 m2 (285 ft2) cottages. Each has a bedroom with a double bed (140 x 200 cm / 4.6 x 6.5 ft.) and one bunk bed (80 x 200 cm / 2.6 x 6.5 ft.). The sitting / dining room also has a sofa bed that sleeps two. Bathroom with shower. Kitchenette with all necessary equipment. Porch. Charcoal BBQ.
Guests prepare their own meals. The nearest supermarket is in village Vík í Mýrdal (15 km / 9 mi). Various diners and restaurants in the area.
Service and recreation
Guided riding tours on offer from the farm that last between 1 and 4 hours. You’ll ride from the farm to the black sand beach (1 hour) and along the beach to promontory Dyrhólaey (2 hours). Each four-hour-tour includes a stop by the foothills of glacier Mýrdalsjökull (note that these tours must be booked in advance). There are various hiking trails in the area and further afield in the Mýrdalur region. Snowmobile tours to glacier Sólheimajökull, as well as glacier hikes and ice climbing (20 km / 12.5 mi). Skógafoss waterfall and the informative Skógar district museum (23 km / 14 km) are both well worth a visit. The nearest village is Vík í Mýrdal, where you’ll find a swimming pool, a supermarket and diners (15 km / 9 mi). There’s a nine-hole golf course by Vík. Mið-Hvoll is a sheep and cattle farm, and farmers also keep chickens and horses.
A date with a puffin in Dyrhólaey and trolls in Reynisfjara
One of the main attractions here, if you’re a nature lover or a bird enthusiast, is the promontory Dyrhólaey (a 10-km-drive/ 6 mi) from Mið-Hvoll, and it’s well visible if you look to the east from the farm. Dyrhólaey is a reservation with steep cliffs that rise majestically out of the ocean to the south, and it’s easy to reach on foot along a sloping hill once you’ve parked your car. The birdlife in summer is very rich and puffins are even prepared to do a little modelling if you bring your camera. The other interesting stop in the area is black sand beach Reynisfjara (17 km / 10.5 mi) where you’ll come across spectacular columnar basalt and caves by the beach. Listen for the heavy pounding of the ocean waves that also break on the large, troll-like cliffs Reynisdrangar just off the shore.
Hikes for everyone and glacier tours
The moors, valleys, canyons and mountains inland from the Mýrdalur region are all features of the varied landscapes here that attract travellers from all over. To find your ideal activity, we highly recommend asking for local tips when you get there. Anyone should find an activity that best fits his or her experience, so prepare for the adventure of a lifetime in close contact with nature. Iceland’s largest icefall, Sólheimajökull, extends from the southern Mýrdalsjökull glacier (20 km / 12.5 mi from Mið-Hvoll, and if you head to farm Ytri-Sólheimar (12 km / 7.5 mi) you can join snowmobile tours and jeep tours to Mýrdalsjökull glacier. You can also book guided glacier walks and ice climbing tours.
Eyjafjallajökull, Skógafoss, Vestmannaeyjar
The now world-famous and infamously unpronounceable Eyjafjallajökull that erupted in 2010 and disrupted air travel across the globe is well visible from Mið-Hvoll. Waterfall Skógafoss is just by its eastern foothills and is one of the most symmetrical waterfalls in Iceland. Another famed water wonder is Seljalandsfoss, 28 km (17.5 mi) further west, reachable by driving along ever-changing landscapes that will make the drive feel almost too short. There’s an interesting district museum by Skógafoss that’s also well worth a visit. The Westman Islands (Vestmannaeyjar) rise from the Atlantic Ocean just off the south shore, and if you drive to Landeyjarhöfn (63 km / 40 mi) you’ll be able to board ferry Herjólfur and reach the islands in 30 minutes. It’s an ideal day tour, and in the summer the islands are an unforgettable setting of some great travel memories.
Hosts: Guðný, Kristján and Sigurður