A country hotel with en-suite rooms and a restaurant, close to some of Vatnajökull National Park’s most renowned natural jewels. Centrally located on the lowlands in the Kelduhverfi area in northeast Iceland, Skúlagarður is just off the main highway (the ‘Ring Road’), with gorgeous views over the mountains, black sands and the ocean. There are many unique hiking routes in the area, as well as other unmissable outdoor areas. Open all year.

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  • Private bathroom (Cat.III)
  • Family rooms 3+
  • Free Wi-Fi in some areas
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Meals available
  • Facilities for disabled
  • Credit cards accepted

In the area

  • Jökulsárgljúfur National Park, Ásbyrgi and Hljóðaklettar 12 km
  • Golf 11 km
  • Dettifoss waterfall 41 km
  • Whale watching from Húsavík  50 km
  • Lake Mývatn/Reykjahlíð 61 km


17 double / twin en-suite rooms, one of which has easy access for wheelchairs. The four larger rooms are ideal for families.


The hotel has a restaurant / café that emphasises authentic home cooking, prepared with fresh local ingredients. The menu includes local lamb, trout and salmon from a nearby fish farm, and locally grown vegetables. During winter, between November 1st and April 1st, all meals must be pre-ordered.

Service and recreation

Fishing permits for a trout river that flows close to the hotel available. Marked hiking trails. Birdwatching. The nearest shop is by Ásbyrgi (11 km / 7 mi) and in town Húsavík (50 km / 31 mi). There’s a service centre in Ásbyrgi in the national park, as well as a nine-hole golf course (11 km / 7 mi). The nearest pool is in Lundur (19 km / 12 mi). In town Húsavík, the nearest town, you can go on whale watching tours, visit the Whale Museum, go swimming or golfing, and find all necessary services (50 km / 31 mi).

Vatnajökull National Park – North

Ásbyrgi and Jökulsárgljúfur canyons, waterfall Dettifoss
In Ásbyrgi, 11 km / 7 mi from Skúlagarður, you’ll find a visitor’s centre and tourist information for the northern area of the Vatnajökull National Park. Some of Iceland’s most spectacular natural attractions, like Ásbyrgi, Jökulsárgljúfur canyons, waterfall Dettifoss and waterfall Selfoss, are in the area. You can try out a number of various hiking trails that vary in difficulty, ranging from 30-minute leisurely walks to two-day endurance hikes. A gravel road, passable by all vehicles, goes from Kelduhverfi and along the Jökulsárgljúfur canyons within the park boundaries. The road continues on along the western boundary to the Ring Road further south. You can also travel along the eastern banks of the Jökulsá glacial river and view waterfall Dettifoss from the canyon’s east side. In summer, daily tours depart from Ásbyrgi to valley Vesturdalur, one of the better-known places along the canyon row, and on to Dettifoss to the west.

Whale watching, riding tours, the Núpasveit county

In town Húsavík (50 km / 31 mi), you can catch daily whale watching tours on bay Skjálfandaflói, where you can hope to catch large whales, camera poised, in the wild. The town also has an interesting whale museum that explores the many different whale species and their way of life. Just south of Húsavík is farm Saltvík, where you can rent horses for riding tours. You can also go on a day tour along the east side of fjord Öxarfjörður and on to village Kópasker, and continue north to peninsula Melrakkaslétta, where distinctive natural beauty lines the shoreline of this northern region.

A base surrounded by varied natural beauty

Skúlagarður used to be the local community centre. The lowlands that characterize the surroundings where formed by silt from glacial river Jökulsá á Fjöllum, and the varied landscapes include green pastures, rivers, black sands and lakes – one of which was formed during an earthquake only 30 years ago. Just above the lowlands is an area formed by volcanic activity, earthquakes and run-offs from sub-glacial eruptions over the course of tens of thousands of years. It’s truly the promised land for nature lovers, geologists and outdoor enthusiasts.

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