A family-run guesthouse on the outskirts of the Reykjavík capital area, by route no 1 (the ‘Ring Road’) where it runs north of Reykjavík. Located just 20 km / 12 mi from downtown Reykjavík. Fitjar has six double / twin rooms, three of which have en-suite bathrooms. A good location for nature lovers who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city whilst having the option to enjoy the liveliness, services, culture and recreational activities in the capital. Open all year except (except closed in year 2018).

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  • Private bathroom (Cat.III)
  • Working farm
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Cooking facilities
  • TV
  • Laundry facilities
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Playground for children
  • Walking / Hiking trails

In the area

  • Mosfellsbær 3 km
  • Horse riding 3 km
  • Golf 3 km
  • Mt. Esja 3 km (popular walking and hiking area)
  • Geothermal swimming pool 4 km
  • Reykjavík city centre 12 km


Six double / twin rooms, three with en-suite bathrooms and three with washbasins and shared bathrooms. All rooms have TVs. Guests have access to a fully equipped kitchen and a laundry.


Breakfast can be served upon request (free for children under 7 years). The nearest supermarkets and restaurants are in Mosfellsbær (4 km / 2.5 mi), one of Reykjavík’s neighbouring municipalities.

Service and recreation

Various hiking trails in the area, for example up Mt. Esja (3 km / 1.8 mi), the mountain overlooking Reykjavík. Horse tours are on offer nearby (3 km / 1.8 mi). Nearby golf courses include the Kjölur golf course in Mosfellsbær and Korpuvöllur and Grafarholtsvöllur in Reykjavík. There’s a geothermal swimming pool in Mosfellsbær (4 km / 2.5 mi) and many others elsewhere in the Capital Region.

Salmon fishing at your doorstep, hiking trails and Mt. Esja

Fitjar guesthouse is next to Leirvogsá, one of the better salmon fishing rivers in the capital area (you might see salmon jumping if you’re lucky). There are beautiful views overlooking Reykjavík. A little north of Fitjar is Mt. Esja, the mountain that overlooks Reykjavík, and one of its most prominent landmarks. There are many hiking trails in the surroundings, for example the popular trail up Esja (780 m / 2,559 ft.) where you can find a sundial that points out the landmarks in view.

Þingvellir National Park

It’s an approximately 30-minute drive to Þingvellir National Park from Fitjar (30 km / 19 mi). The route takes you through a charming valley, Mosfellsdalur, past the home of Iceland’s Nobel Prize-winning author, Halldór Laxness (now open as a museum) and around the grassy Mosfellsheiði moor to Þingvellir. Þingvellir is sacred to Icelanders, as it was here that the ancient Alþingi (or ‘Althing’, Iceland’s parliament) was established in the year 930 and where Iceland became a republic in 1944. Þingvellir National Park is also a place of unparalleled natural beauty and is a must-see for any nature lover.

Geysir, Gullfoss, Hvalfjörður and Borgarfjörður

Fitjar is ideally situated for making longer day tours around southwest Iceland, where you can find many of Iceland’s most famous natural attractions. It is 56 km / 38 mi from Þingvellir to the Geysir geothermal area and then just 10 km / 6 mi to the stunning Gullfoss waterfall. Travelling west from Fitjar, you can either take a sightseeing tour around Hvalfjörður fjord, which carves through the landscape just north of Mt. Esja, or drive through the tunnel under the fjord and enjoy the natural beauty of the historical Borgarfjörður area (55 km / 34 mi to the small town of Borgarnes at the bottom of Borgarfjörður).

Hosts: Karin and Guðjón


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