Accommodation in three separate buildings.
Guesthouses Sveinbjarnargerði and Bjarnargerði: Rooms with private bathrooms, TV and free Wi-Fi. Family rooms available. Disabled access.
Separate house: Rooms with shared bathroom facilities and one room with private bathroom in a separate house next to the hotel buildings. Spacious living room, sunroom, kitchen and a veranda with barbecue facilities and a hot tub. Free Wi-Fi throughout the house.
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 you’ll also find a good selection of shops and boutiques, supermarkets, art galleries, cafés, restaurants, pubs and clubs. For golf, head to the 18-hole course Jaðarsvöllur (16.5 km / 10 mi), or the nine-hole course Þverá (19 km / 12 mi). For riding tours, head to Kátur horse rental by the fjord’s head (16 km / 10 mi).
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, 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. 13 kilometres 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 Bjarnargerði. 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 fjord’s head is colloquially 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 and if you stop frequently along the way, you can enjoy the outdoors as much as the view from your windscreen. If you travel along the fjord’s west coast, you can drive to village Dalvík and through to valley Svarfaðardalur. Journey through the magnificent peninsula Tröllaskagi, through tunnels Múlagöng and Héðinsfjarðargöng and on to town Siglufjörður where you can visit the Herring Museum (100 km / 62 mi).
Vaglaskógur – Goðafoss – whale watching – Mývatn
Just a little on from Sveinbjarnargerði, highway no 1 turns east, through a mountain pass, and to 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 won’t take you very long to travel to the spectacular waterfall Goðafoss. If you’re interested in whale watching, tours from village Húsavík come highly recommended (77 km / 48 mi). Lake Mývatn (90 km / 56 from Bjarnargerði) is a wonderful and unique area where you can enjoy the treats of nature at every turn.
Hosts: Sigurður Karl