Hotel Sveinbjarnargerði

Hotel Sveinbjarnargerði

Warm and inviting country hotel on the eastern side of Eyjafjörður fjord, just off Route 1 (the Ring Road) in central North Iceland around 15 km (10 mi) from Akureyri, Iceland’s ‘Capital of the North’. Beautiful views over the fjord, magical sunsets in summer and twinkling stars and northern lights on clear winter nights. Ideal base for day tours to popular tourist attractions in northern Iceland. Open all year. 

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  • Private bathroom
  • Family rooms 3+
  • Apartment
  • Wi-Fi
  • Hot tub
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Meals on request
  • Cooking facilities
  • TV in rooms
  • Golf course nearby
  • Charging station
  • Facilities for disabled
  • Walking / Hiking trails
  • Meeting / Conference room

In the area

  • Hiking routes
  • Laufás 12 km (Folk museum in an old turf farm)
  • Akureyri 15 km
  • Swimming pool, restaurants and museums in Akureyri
  • Whale watching from Akureyri or Hauganes
  • Golf course 17 km
  • Horse rental 22 km
  • Goðafoss waterfall 34 km 
  • Húsavík 75 km
  • Mývatn lake 79 km


All rooms with private bathrooms, TV and free Wi-Fi. Family rooms also available and one apartment with two double beds. Disabled access.


Breakfast and dinner buffet. Licensed bar and restaurant. Dining room seating up to 100 people. Fireplace in the dining room and lounge. Guests are welcome to sit down and relax with a drink in the lounge or out on the veranda.

Service and recreation

Hot tub on the veranda, outdoor fireplace, garden furniture. Good facilities for meetings and seminars for up to 50 people. Try some of the local hiking routes, or drive 20 minutes to one of the country’s more popular ski areas in mountain Hlíðarfjall that overlooks town Akureyri, which is where you’ll also find the nearest swimming pool (15 km / 9.5 mi). Akureyri is the main tourism centre in the region, and there you will also find a good selection of shops and boutiques, supermarkets, museums, art galleries, cafés, restaurants, pubs and clubs. For golf, head to the 18-hole course Jaðarsvöllur (17.5 km / 11 mi), or the nine-hole course at Þverá (19 km / 12 mi). Kátur, horse rental by the fjord’s head (16 km / 10 mi), offers riding tours and from Akureyri or Hauganes you can go on a whale watching tour. The infamous Mývatn area is only an hours drive from Sveinbjarnargerði, a place well worth visiting on a day tour or on your own.

Hikes – an Icelandic turf house – Mt. Kaldbakur

Sveinbjarnargerði stands on a grassy plain by the sloping hills of heath Vaðlaheiði. It’s a relatively easy hike to the top, even though the route is a bit steep in places, and on the way you’re treated to lovely panoramic views over the fjord. You can also go on interesting hikes along the shore. Thirteen kilometres away, along the fjord is district museum Laufás (8 mi), set in a genuine Icelandic turf house. Mt. Kaldbakur overlooks the fjord from the north, and its foothills are only 22 km (14 mi) away from Sveinbjarnargerði. Mountaineers will find much to their liking there in summer, and winter sports enthusiasts will not be disappointed either.

Eyjafjörður – Svarfaðardalur – Siglufjörður

The countryside along the valley that continues on inland from Eyjafjörður fjord’s head is known as Eyjafjörður as well. Prosperous and fertile, the countryside is quite densely populated. You can easily circumnavigate the area from Sveinbjarnargerði, it’s a lovely day trip. We recommend stopping frequently along the way to enjoy the outdoors as well as the view from your car. If you travel along the fjord’s west coast, you can drive through the village of Dalvík into Svarfaðardalur valley, across the magnificent peninsula Tröllaskagi, through the mountain tunnels Múlagöng and Héðinsfjarðargöng to the town of Siglufjörður where you can visit the Herring Museum (100 km / 62 mi). Eyjafjörður is a highly recommended area for whale watching, it is offered from Akureyri harbor as well as Hauganes and Dalvík located on the west side of the fjord.

Vaglaskógur – Goðafoss – whale watching – Mývatn

Just a little distance from Sveinbjarnargerði, the highway turns east, through a mountain pass and into a beautiful valley east of the moorlands called Fnjóskadalur. It’s home to one of Iceland’s loveliest forests, Vaglaskógur, which is ideal for outdoor play of all sorts. From there, it is a short drive to the spectacular waterfall Goðafoss. Húsavík village is also a highly recommended place for whale watching (77 km / 48 mi). If you keep driving further east on road 85 you will be able to visit Ásbyrgi canyon, Hljóðaklettar unique rock formations and the powerful Dettifoss waterfall before arriving at lake Mývatn. You can also drive directly to lake Mývatn  from Sveinbjarnargerði (90 km / 56) on the ring road, it is truly a wonderful and unique area where you can enjoy the treats of nature at every turn.

Host:  Sigurður Karl


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