Location & Nearby
A whopping 385 miles (620 kilometers) northeast of Reykavik, this wonderful and cozy home sits on the sea in Thorshofn, the gateway to the Langanes Peninsula in North Iceland. The village itself is unique in Iceland for its ocean quahog (Arctica islandica) fishing industry. In addition to a wonderful harbor that's perfect for picturesque walks, Thorshofn is home to a health center, shop, restaurant, a sports stadium, swimming pool, a bank, and a gas station. Heading northeast from the village, the Langanes peninsula awaits. As the name suggests, this "long" peninsula, itself shaped like a flying duck, is held in sacred regard with birdwatchers. Langanes is home to the third largest gannet nesting spot in the world at Storikarl – 21 miles (34 kilometers) from Lyngholt.
Along the way, you'll pass the Saudanes House, one of the oldest stone houses in Iceland, now part of the house collection of the National Museum of Iceland. It's an easy four mile (6.6 kilometer) drive from the guesthouse. Numerous abandoned settlements also pepper the peninsula, including those at Heidarhofn, Laeknistadir, Skoruvík, Fagranes, and Saurbaer.
Another unique Langanes attraction beckons travelers 16.5 miles (27 kilometers) from Lyngholt. At Svalbard, there is a breeding center for indigenous Icelandic leader sheep, purportedly more intelligent than other breeds and only found in Iceland.
A note of caution: Exploring Langanes is perfect for those seeking the road less traveled, but you'll need a 4WD to reach the tip of the peninsula.
Facilities & Amenities
Lyngholt offers accommodations in several different locations. The main house, a postcard-perfect, coffee-brown bungalow on the sea, offers six bedrooms and three bathrooms with walk in showers. All bedrooms feature Wi-Fi and TVs. Room configurations include one family room with a double bed and a bunk bed, four double/twin rooms, and one single room. Every bathroom includes towels and hair dryers. There is also a common living room shared among guests with access to a terrace and outdoor BBQ. Guests also have free access to a laundry room with washers and dryers. The décor is very stylish – think Martha Stewart-esque – and feels a bit like visiting a fashionable relative. Next door to the guesthouse, Cave is a 290 square feet (27 square meter) studio apartment with heated floors, a well-equipped kitchen, a dishwasher, and all the basics for home cooking. A cozy two-bedroom house is also available nearby with similar facilities and amenities.
Breakfast is included at Lyngholt. In winter, that means self-service bread, toppings, fruits, skyr, milk, coffee, and cereals. In summer, a buffet is served with throws eggs, bacon, sausage and jams into the mix.
Why Choose Guesthouse Lyngholt?
With options for all manner of traveler sizes, choosing Lyngholt isn't about space but rather a shared desire to visit one of the most remote patches of Iceland. Be it hardcore birdwatchers or just off-the-beaten-path explorers, Lyngholt's comfortable options ensure a stylish and cozy abode for which to return after a day of surveying the scene in this duck-shaped nook in North Iceland.