One single room, three double / twin rooms and one family room for three. All rooms share three bathrooms with showers. The three-floor guesthouse, an old home, was built in 1948 and totally renovated in 2011 with an emphasis on the house’s original fittings and fixtures. Wood from the old turf house was used for the floors, cladding and a door when the top floor was renovated. Along with a well-equipped kitchen, all rooms are on the first and second floors, and the sitting room is on the ground floor. Free Wi-Fi in the kitchen and sitting room. Living room with TV. Laundry facilities. A hot tub outside by the house.
Breakfast is included. Dinner must be pre-ordered. Meals are prepared with ingredients directly from the farm or from local producers. The breakfast buffet consists of homemade food, such as bread, cakes, jams, milk and eggs. All greens served are picked daily at a nearby greenhouse farm.
Service and recreation
Geirshlíð farms cattle, sheep, horses, ducks and chickens, with live-in pets such as cats, dogs and more. Guests are more than welcome to interact with the animals. You can hike through and close to the valley on fun and beautiful trails, or go on excursions through Borgarfjörður. Farms Ölvaldsstaðir (25 km / 15.5 mi) and Giljar in Hálsasveit (22 km / 13.5 mi) both rent out horses and organise riding tours. Pay a visit to the goat farm at Háafell (30 km / 18.5 mi), or visit the Troll Garden, a park and play area at Fossatún (11 km / 7 mi). Dine at the Byrgishóll restaurant at Nes in Reykholtsdalur (9 km / 5.5 mi), or taste locally brewed beer at Steðji microbrewery in Flókadalur (5 km / 3.1 mi). The nearest swimming pool is at Kleppjárnsreykir (7 km / 4.5 mi). A nine-hole golf course at Nes (9 km / 5.5. mi) and an 18-hole course, Hamarsvöllur, by town Borgarnes (33 km / 20.5 mi). The nearest town is Borgarnes, where you will find shops, restaurants, diners, museums, a swimming pool and various tourism services.
Calmly experience nature within and outside town limits
The landscapes in the Borgarfjörður region are quite varied. The lowlands are home to many true pearls of nature, and moors, mountains and glaciers surrounding the lowlands are tempting grounds for hikers and mountaineers.
Hot springs, waterfalls, caves and glaciers
Hot spring Deildartunguhver (8 km / 5 mi) is the most voluminous hot spring in Europe (180 L / second). Waterfall Hraunfossar (9 km / 5.5 mi) is a remarkable masterpiece by nature, where crystal clear spring water tumbles from underneath an overgrown lava field and into glacial river Hvítá. Close by, you will find Húsafell, a popular outdoor area and campsite by the edge of the highlands. Here you will find a swimming pool, a golf course and a restaurant, as well as interesting and beautiful hiking routes. Fljótstunga is 12 km from Húsafell (7.5 mi) and you can book an hour-long excursion with a tour guide to Iceland’s largest lava cave, Víðgelmir. The foothills of Langjökull glacier are also close by and various tour operators offer day-trips to the glacier.
A region steeped in history and legends about local heroes
The Borgarfjörður region is a true Saga region and has seen some major events ever since the settlement. Reykholt (12 km / 7.5 mi) is home to a cultural centre that emphasises the Middle Ages, as well as the museum Snorrastofa, named after Snorri Sturluson, Iceland’s most famous author (1179 – 1241). Here you will also find a hot pool, named after Snorri, and you can walk through the tunnel to the pool where he was killed in 1241. Borgarnes (34 km / 21 mi) is home to the Settlement Centre, where an exhibition about Iceland’s settlement in the 9th and 10th centuries is a popular attraction, as well as an exhibition on poet and Viking Egill Skallagrímsson.
A lovely valley, glorious Aurora and panoramic views
Farm Geirshlíð is on the north side of valley Flókadalur, a small and narrow valley in the moors overlooking Borgarfjörður. Rather low hills encircle the valley and therefore, sun shines on the enclosed countryside all year round, allowing for excellent Aurora-viewing conditions. The hill above the farm is green and grassy and an easy hike, where you will see all over the fjord and west to the Snæfellsnes peninsula. The same family has lived in Geirshlíð ever since 1791 and the farm has stood in the same place for centuries. Farmers lived in a turf house right up until 1948, when they moved into the house that has now been converted to a guesthouse.
Hosts: Hulda and Pétur