Giljur Guesthouse

Giljur Guesthouse

Accommodation in a private house at a farm in Mýrdalur valley, close to the Ring Road in a lovely and charming valley by the foothills of Mýrdalsjökull. Located at the boundary of the South and the South East, Mýrdalur is in the newly founded Katla Geopark. Many activities and excursions are available in the area, such as outdoor sightseeing, hiking and birdwatching, and various well-known natural jewels are close by. Open all year.

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  • Shared bathroom
  • Private bathroom
  • Family rooms 3+
  • Working farm
  • Cooking facilities
  • Golf course nearby
  • Charging station

In the area

  • Mýrdalsjökull Glacier
  • Geothermal swimming pool and golf at Vík 6 km
  • Reynisfjara beach 8 km
  • Cape Dyrhólaey 12 km
  • Sólheimajökull snowmobile tours, guided glacier walks and ice climbing 24 km
  • Skógafoss Waterfall 26 km
  • Skógar folk museum 26 km


One twin / double room and one room for three with en-suites, and three twin / double rooms and one single room with a shared bathroom. Sitting room and dining room.


Breakfast is not available but guests have access to a kitchen. The nearest shops and restaurants is in the village Vík (6 km / 3.7 mi).

Service and recreation

Supermarket and swimming pool in village Vík (6 km / 3.7 mi). A 9-hole golf course close to the village. Guided glacier expeditions, either on snowmobiles or on foot (24 km / 15 mi). The local heritage museum is at village Skógar (26 km / 16 mi).

The outdoor enthusiast’s promised land 

The Mýrdalur region is green and charming, nestled between blackened wastelands. Moors and mountains, passes and tufts that are severed by narrow valleys and canyons rise from the lowlands and stretch all the way to the glacier Mýrdalsjkökull. This is the promised land of outdoor enthusiasts and many interesting hiking routes are available that are suitable for all. Birdlife is rich and varied and birdwatching opportunities are many. The district’s bird is the fulmar and it dwells on cliffs and in gullies throughout the region.

Black sands, columnar basalt and curious rock formations

Reynisfjara (8 km / 5 mi) is one of the region’s better-known attractions. The ocean waves break on the black sand beaches, and just a little further inland, you can see columnar basalt in all its glory, complete with caves and small niches. The castle-like rock formations Reynisdrangar stand tall in the ocean just off shore, and a little further on another famous attraction has a home – Dyrhólaey (12 km /7.5 mi). Dyrhólaey is a cape surrounded by cliffs, rich of flora and unique birdlife.

Víkurfjara beach, Hjörleifshöfði cape and Skógafoss waterfall

The sandy beach by village Vík is a popular outdoor area, named as one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world by National Geographic. East of Vík the cape Hjörleifshöfði emerges from Mýrdalssandur (21 km / 13 mi), but northeast of Mýrdalssandur the snowy plains of the glacier Mýrdalsjökull command attention, where the volcano Katla has its home. Giljar is 26 km (16 mi) away from Skógar, where one of Iceland’s more famous waterfalls, Skógafoss, can be found, as well as a varied and interesting local museum that depicts the region’s past way of life.

Ólafur and Birna


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