Location & Nearby
Guesthouse Skalafell is perfectly situated for all of South Iceland's most memorable attractions.
The farm teeters on the edge of Vatnajokull National Park 26.5 miles (43 kilometers) west of Hofn. In the vicinity of the hostel, Iceland's most famous glacial lagoon, Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, is 23.5 miles (38 kilometers) west. Here you'll find stories-high chunks of intensely-colored icebergs dance in the meltwater from an outlet glacier, creating an otherworldly spectacle of blue-hued beauty on their way to the Atlantic Ocean or washed up on nearby Diamond Beach. The Thorbergssetri cultural museum, dedicated to the famous Icelandic writer Thorbergur Thordarso, is in nearby Hali, a 15 mile (24 kilometer) drive west. Skalafellsjokull Glacier is even closer – just 1.8 miles (three kilometers) from the guesthouse!
The guesthouse is also nicely placed for a day trip to the atmospheric fishing village of Hofn on the Hornafjordur fjord 26.7 miles (43 kilometers) east. The idyllic village, one of South Iceland's few natural harbors, offers numerous marked hiking trails, various art and maritime museums, two national park visitor centers, and an 82-foot (25 meter) swimming pool. The pretty village counts as the second-largest urban settlement in southeast Iceland. The historic Gamlabud, the oldest house in the village, now houses the Vatnajökull National Park‘s visitor Centre.
The 4.9 mile (eight kilometer) Hjallanes hiking loop starts from the guesthouse as well. It's one of many memorable hiking options in the area. Skaftafell National Park is about 56 miles (90 kilometer) west of the guesthouse. From November to March, Guesthouse Skalafell's rural location affords the perfect opportunity to catch a glimpse of the northern lights.
Facilities & Amenities
Views of the surrounding mountains, along with wooden floors and a wardrobe, are standard issue in all the rooms at Guesthouse Skalafell. Three room categories are available: Double room with private bathroom, double room with shared bathroom, and a 387 square foot (36 square meter) private family cottage. The former also includes Smart TVs with Netflix while all double rooms feature a work desk and tea/coffee access. The latter has one bedroom with double bed and another with bunk-beds, a sleeping sofa in living room, and a small kitchen facility. Bed linens, towels and hairdryers are included in room rates.
Guesthouse Skalafel offers a furnished terrace where guests can swap travel tales, hash out the forthcoming day's adventures or gaggle at the northern lights. There is an on-site restaurant and bar, which comes in very handy for unwinding at the end of another adventure-filled day. Skalafell’s breakfast buffet provides homemade jams, pancakes, and waffles, while dishes made from local produce and meat are served for dinner. Free Wi-Fi is available in public areas, including the communal TV lounge. On-site parking is free as well.
Why Choose Guesthouse Guesthouse Skalafell?
With a stunning location near some of South Iceland's most sough-after sights, Guesthouse Skalafell embodies all that is spectacular about a trip to Iceland. Add in all the creature comforts and mod cons that a traveler could need and the on-site restaurant and bar, you'll want for nothing. Book well ahead – this popular rural retreat fills up fast.