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Skyrhusid Guest House

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Hali, Hofn 781 Iceland
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#2 of 27 Specialty lodging in Hofn
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Skyrhúsið guesthouse offers all the comfort a traveller will need in a clean, tidy and cosy environment. Skyrhúsið features nine rooms, which all feature a washbasin and shared bathroom facilities. Free and fast Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. No meals are included, but we offer hot and cold beverages and the next door restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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Free parking
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English, Icelandic
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Lamia wrote a review Jun 2020
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The rooms are private and the bathroom is shared. Our room had a wooden sloped ceiling that added to how cosily the bed was made. We had a view of the mountain. The guesthouse has a common kitchen complete with a library, juice, tea and coffee. There is a restaurant in the same block which is open from breakfast until dinner and is also reasonably priced. The host is extremely friendly. We arrived late at night when the restaurant nearby was about to close. He gave us the keys, asked us to comfortably finish our meal and then discussed the payment. After our meal, he spent a good half hour telling us what we can do around the place and elsewhere. I would recommend anyone who needs to stay in the vicinity to consider staying here.
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Date of stay: June 2020
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leanadawn wrote a review Jan 2020
Reykjavik, Iceland103 contributions20 helpful votes
My Icelandic partner and I needed a place to stay near Jökulsárlón for a morning departure for an ice cave tour. After lots of research, we chose Skyrhúsið. In 2014, we had stayed at Hali Country Hotel and enjoyed it but we found it to be too expensive for what you receive (quite basic accommodations and a breakfast that is "okay"). For this trip, since we would be spending just 24 hours away from our home in Reykjavík and we would mostly self-cater, Skyrhúsið was perfect for us. We knew in advance that the environment there would be like a hostel - shared bathrooms and a shared kitchen - so we were not expecting anything luxurious. We arrived around 20:00 and rang the bell. Ásta Júlía met us at reception and told us a bit about the rules and the shared kitchen. We were asked to move our car from outside of the guesthouse to the area in front of Hali restaurant, as a large windstorm was scheduled to hit overnight. Ásta Júlía had baked some hjónabandssæla ("happy marriage cake") and that was available for guests to enjoy in the kitchen. There was space in the common refrigerators for our breakfast foods and lunch items for the next day. The kitchen was very clean - tea, coffee, apple / orange juice, coffee milk ("G-mjólk," generally not for everyday drinking), and skyr was available for free. Ramen noodles, tuna, and some other canned / dry food items were for sale as well. It's necessary to remove shoes upon entering the house, which is a common Icelandic custom. We were assigned to room #11 on the top floor. The room was small but comfortable, with a space heater inside, some glasses, hand towels, body towels, and a sink with a mirror for toothbrushing and such. Everything was very clean, including the shared bathrooms. Two of these were near our room. Both had a bit of a damp smell inside, but this is almost unavoidable in Iceland, where buildings retain moisture and it's often hard to open windows for ventilation due to the strong winds. I appreciated that some additional small towels were available in the bathrooms. Shower water pressure was good, and body soap was in a dispenser in the shower stall. We were hungry so we ate at the Hali restaurant - I had plokkfiskur (Icelandic fish stew) and my partner had lamb. The food was quite good and the prices are like a restaurant in downtown Reykjavík (plokkfiskur: 3200 ISK, lamb: 4800 ISK). This area is very isolated, so the food prices are fair considering that it's a long drive to a nearby town like Höfn if you'd like to dine out. We did not buy dessert since the hjónabandssæla and hot drinks were on offer for free in our little house. The beds were comfortable and the house was quiet despite a massive windstorm hitting when we stayed there. In the morning, we had to be at Jökulsárlón by 9:30 for an ice cave tour, and I woke up around 7:30 to take a shower and prepare breakfast. No one else seemed to be awake (there were four groups staying at Skyrhúsið that night) and I had my choice of bathroom. I also was alone at breakfast until about 8:45, when two couples came in. I can see why others have complained that there's not much space to prepare food when multiple people are there...even I had trouble accessing a refrigerator and the dishwasher when just a few other people were preparing food in the kitchen. It didn't bother me, but it's just something to keep in mind in the summertime when this house is probably fully booked. Check-out was very easy - we just needed to either wash any dishes we made or leave them in the dishwasher, and then put the key on the reception desk. The exterior of Skyhúsið is very cute and is designed to look like old turf houses - it's a fun idea! Note that we paid €79 (non-refundable) to stay here in mid-January. I noticed that the price of their rooms goes up dramatically (to €114, non-refundable) in February because February and March is "high season" for ice caves. There are almost no lodging options close to Jökulsárlón and so they certainly have a stronghold on the market. Fosshótel Glacier Lagoon is far more expensive, and even Hali Country Hotel and Gerði Guesthouse - both located on the same property as Skyrhúsið - are significantly costlier, so Skyhúsið is your best bet for budget travel. The area of Hali is gorgeous and I'd definitely stay here again if I needed somewhere to rest my head in South Iceland! Takk fyrir mig.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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SeattleBasedVagabond wrote a review Jan 2020
Seattle, Washington100 contributions82 helpful votes
The term “guest house” is used in a variety of ways in Iceland. In this case, it is a bunch of small individual rooms, each room with a sink, and four shared full bathrooms (sink, toilet, shower). We took two rooms, so that my daughter didn’t have to hear me snoring. My room, on the 2nd floor, was quite and next to two little-used clean bathrooms. My wife and daughter’s room was downstairs, next to one of the bathrooms. That bathroom was heavily used, fairly dirty, and folks going in and out of that bathroom all night kept waking up my wife. Skyrhusid is owned by the brother of the couple who own the next door Hali Country Hotel and Restaurant. The food at the Hali Restaurant is great, and I’d probably stay there next time. That said, the location of Skyrhusid is great for seeing Jokulsaren (Iceberg Lagoon)...which itself is a truly must-see.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Room Tip: Get a room upstairs...downstairs is too noisy.
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Veronica H. wrote a review Dec 2019
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A family member and I stayed here after driving from Reykjavík to do a glacier/ice cave tour. The staff is super friendly and the rooms were spacious, clean as were the bathrooms. They have blow dryers you can borrow which I greatly appreciated since our guesthouse in Reykjavik would not let you use what they had (I hadn’t washed my hair in 4 days!!!). Free coffee, tea, cocoa and Skyr at all times of the day in the shared kitchen. If you have Kronas on you you can also buy some basic food items from them. Overall 5 stars!!
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
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mazzabrookfield wrote a review Oct 2019
Gran Canaria, Spain3 contributions
Great location for the iceberg glacial lagoon. Staff (including julia) are very friendly. Lovely cakes included in the price of your stay with drinks and Skyr. Geothermal hot tubs at glacier world also 40 mins away. Would highly recommend.
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
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$68 - $175 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Skyrhusid Guest House
Which popular attractions are close to Skyrhusid Guest House?
Nearby attractions include The Thorbergur center (0.08 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Skyrhusid Guest House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and hiking.
What food & drink options are available at Skyrhusid Guest House?
Guests can enjoy a snack bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Skyrhusid Guest House?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Skyrhusid Guest House?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Icelandic.