I stayed at this really nice Hotel during my round trip of Iceland, with a private guide.. The hotel is situated at Sauðarkrokur on Skagafjaóur. The Skagafjaóur area is the place famous for the Icelandic Horse. a truly elegant and majestic creature. We did see some mares during the day's drive here. However, they all had foals, and as we approached, the mares led the foals away.
The Hotel Mikligarður, (and not to be confused with Mikligaróur Guesthouse) is a summer hotel only, and is available between June and August. Travellers should enquire as to the exact dates of opening. Outside of these dates it is used for "student accomodations only.
The rooms are large and the bathrooms excellent. The complex is fairly big and on several levels. My room was on the bottom and had a great view of the surrounding area. Young people were cutting grass and cleaning up the grounds. I did observe young people doing this all over Iceland. However I did not enquire from my private guide as to whether they were paid for this service.
Breakfast was included and was excellent. The food plentifull and consisted of a good variety of options. Dinner was not available here, but with the size of the Hotel I thought it should be. I would go so far and say " that during summer months particularly when it is used as a Hotel, that maybe this should be considerded by the Management." Guests either need to have their own supplies or eat in the restaurants in the town.
My guide and I did this in a lovely little restaurant, and I was not disappointed in any way. I urge everyone to try the Rhubard Cake. Apparently it's a national dish, and is delicious. I tasted it several times, just to be sure
The area surrounding the Hotel is very beautiful. "Grettirs" Pool is a short drive. Grettir is one of the more colourfull characters of the Saga Era, and Times. He was "Outlawed" for life for his missdeeds and crimes, spending his time on the Island of Drangey. It is referred to to as "Grettirs Island or place" and is situated across the Fjord. On a clear day, it is well visible to the naked eye. Apparently Grettir would make the swim across the Fjord to bathe in the "hot pool"
I understand the Island of Drangey, can reached if desired, but that the climb is steep, and difficult. Those wishing to do this should enquire about its accessibility.
Grettirs Pool however is accessible. There is a camping area here, and a "breakwater" has been erected. An additional pool has also been added. The area is geothermal.
To me, these are not improvements. It is my opinion, the area has been spoiled, and should have been left, by maintaining the "historica aspects" and without modern day interventions. But I am not Icelandic, so possibly enterprise has been permitted to get in the way..
My Guide told me a story about Drangey. He mentioned that in the "old days" there were many accidents causing deaths. The Bishop of the day was asked to go and bless the high cliffs of the Island. He attempted to do this but as he travelled around making the "blessings" which were supposed to protect, a "hand" would come out of the rock and grab his. Perhaps in fear or whatever his thoughts at the time he decided to cease the blessings, indicating, there should be a place for the "bad ones"
( I am of course unsure how much this story should be trusted - perhaps it should be taken with a "grain of salt" But Árni, told it to me in great earnest, and with a smile, so I believed him!
I do thoroughly recommend this Hotel complex to anyone travelling in this beautiful area. However I can not comment on its value, due to it being booked for me as part of a whole package. My suggestion - "try it"
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