Accommodation is in made-up beds in single, double, twin, triple and quadruple rooms. Rooms with private bathroom and rooms with washbasins that have access to shared bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. The building formerly served as a boarding school and community centre.
Restaurant and licensed bar, open 11:00-22:00 from mid-June until the end of August.
Facilities and recreation
Lounge with TV. Sauna – needs to be booked at least 30 minutes in advance. Geothermal swimming pools at Laugar in Reykjadalur (35 km/21mi) and Stórutjarnir in Ljósavatnsskarð (32 km/19 mi).
Bárðardalur is one of the longest populated valleys in Iceland, extending about 45 km/27 mi from north to south. It is bisected by the glacial river Skjálfandafljót which boasts many spectacular waterfalls. Aldeyjarfoss, one of Iceland’s most beautiful waterfalls with its basalt columns, is a 15-20 minute drive from Kiðagil. Slightly further upriver you will find Ingvararfoss and Hrafnabjargarfossar falls. Yet another of the rivers’ strikingly beautiful falls, Goðafoss (‘Waterfall of the Gods’) is also a 15-20 minute drive away from the guesthouse.
Hiking paths, wilderness and outlaws
There are many good hiking routes not far from Kiðagil, where Bárðardalur Valley meets the edge of the highlands. A particularly interesting hike up the Sexhólagil Gorge starts around 4 km (3 mi) south of Kiðagil. You can also take the rough road to Svartárkot farm. Nearby Ódáðahraun (Foul Deed Lava) was one of Iceland’s most famous outlaw hideouts in the past and this uninhabited area almost has an eerie feel to it!
Whale watching, Mývatn and Nature Baths
Bárðardalur is in Þingeyjarsveit district, which has a lot to offer the visitor. A whale watching tour from Húsavík (70 km/43 mi) is a true adventure. The town also has an interesting whale exhibition. Mývatn is about 70 km (43 mi) away, along Route 1 from Kiðagil, where nature’s wonders await; the lava formations of Dimmuborgir, Hverfjall mountain and the bubbling mud pots of Hverarönd by Námafjall mountain. A soak in the Nature Baths makes for a relaxing end to the day.
Hosts: Magnús, Sigurgeir, Sigurlína and Guðrún