21 twin / double rooms with en-suite bathrooms, and six twin rooms that share bathrooms. The larger rooms have private access and en-suite bathrooms, whereas smaller rooms share an entrance and a bathroom, two and two together. Triple and family rooms available.
Sleeping bag accommodation in two four-person rooms, that also has cooking and bathroom facilities. Internet access can be purchased at the reception. The guesthouse has a beautiful ocean and glacier view. Large campsite with good bathroom facilities. Charcoal grill. Electrical sockets for campers and trailers.
Enjoy various light refreshments and snacks in the 50-person dining hall, prepared from scratch in the kitchen. A hearty breakfast is served every day between 7 and 10 am. Delicious lunch served between 11:00 and 13:00. You can order each day’s course until 20:00. Guests can also order packed meals.
Service and recreation
At Kast, you can rent horses and go on guided tours that last anywhere between one and three hours. You can also purchase fishing permits for river Lýsa (salmon, trout, sea trout). For sea angling, head to village Arnarstapi, where you can also rent bikes and book tours to Snæfellsjökull glacier at Snjófell (30 km / 18.5 mi). For golf, try the nine-hole golf course at Langaholt, with sandy fairways and interesting hazards (7 km / 4.5 mi). There’s also a 9-hole course in village Ólafsvík (Fróðárvöllur; 30 km / 18.5 mi).
You can go on whale watching tours with Sjóferðir from town Ólafsvík, which is also the nearest town with shops, supermarkets and tourism services. Birdwatchers should find various areas to explore, by lakes and ponds, and by seaside cliffs. The guesthouse has a pool, Lýsuhólslaug, with naturally heated mineral-rich water, considered both healthy and healing. The next outdoor pool with a large water slide is in town Stykkishólmur, on the north side of the peninsula (64 km / 40 mi).
Búðir, Arnarstapi and Hellnar
The Snæfellsjökull National Park is 30 km (18.5 mi) away, and the route winds its way through a beautiful setting along the coastline, with the blue ocean on one side and green pastures and elegant mountains on the other. At Búðir (15 km / 9 mi), you will have splendid views, and children enjoy sprinting along the white sand beach, collecting shells and stones. Arnarstapi is a small village by the coastline on the western edge of the National Park, and from there you can hike west along the magnificent, cliffy beach to Hellnar.
Snæfellsjökull National Park
The park’s unique feature is its proximity to the ocean, where remnants of old fishing stations can still be seen, and bear witness to the often-difficult survival people of the region faced. The magnificent Snæfellsjökull glacier towers over the park, mysterious and a source of almost palpable energy. In summer, tour operators offer snowmobile or snowcat tours to the glacier that can last from morning till late evening, when the midnight sun still bathes the countryside in light. Such an experience is almost indescribable.
A tour around the glacier or the peninsula
You can drive from Kast to village Ólafsvík and circumnavigate the glacier along the coastline. Another road, between Arnarstapi and Ólafsvík, known as Jökulháls, and a short strip just by the glacier’s foothills, is open to all vehicles in summer. A trip around the entire peninsula is a nice day trip. Depart Kast and drive westward, curve the peninsula’s edge, keeping the glacier on your right, and drive on to Ólafsvík. Continue onwards by the northern shore, with fjord Breiðafjörður on your left. After stopping in town Stykkishólmur, where you can visit the Volcano Museum, you curve south, reaching Kast via a route known as “Vatnaleiðin”, or “the water’s way”.
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