We weren't sure about this because Heydalur is well off the beaten track (though the road was fine), but it was great for spending a night -- or more. It is really a self contained place, with horses and hot pools and a greenhouse. There is nothing else for miles in either direction. Everyone was very helpful. The restaurant was fine. The menu is limited, but well prepared. You could be tempted to settle in for a longer stay....
This inn is located in a very remote part of the WestFjords down numerous, long gravel roads. Our inn room was modest but ample. The wifi was excellent. Electric receptacles sparse. The inn property is a little overgrown. This inn has an indoor pool that has some over-grown plants near the pool's edge that need trimming badly. They also have 2 outdoor hot tubs and a natural hot pot located about 100 meters/yards away from the inn across a stream. Bring your water shoes for the crossing. This was the highlight for us as we had been looking to experience a real, natural Icelandic hot pot. We ate dinner and breakfast here as there is no other restaurant for many miles. Dinner and breakfast were reasonable and delicious. Wine list reasonable. Service good.
Isolated in a valley, this really is a relaxing place to stay. It’s a shame we only had one night. We spent the evening in the natural hot tub. Room was fine - clean and cosy, with all we needed. Bathroom seemed recently refurbished and was excellent. We saw an Arctic fox here, which really was the icing on the cake. We will be back.
Heydalur is a wonderful place. Our favorite part was a one-hour horse ride, which took us down their beautiful valley to ride along the beach. We also loved the fine dinner and the breakfast buffet, both with fruits and vegetables from their greenhouse. Because we were traveling with a VW camper van (from CampEasy), we slept in their lovely campsite and enjoyed that greatly. All was excellent.
Heydalur is a horse farm 80 miles from the nearest grocery store and town. It is truly isolated although there are some summer houses in the area. It is in a mile wide valley with a river that flows into a 8 mile long fjord that empties into a 50 mile long fjord. The three bedroom house is quite small (600 square feet) but very cute. It has all wood walls. Each bedroom is only about 80 square feet, but the living/dining room is big enough for a dining room table with seven chairs, a sofa, and two (wicker) sitting chairs, plus a cabinet. All the other rooms (3 bedrooms, kitchen, and entrance room) connect through the living room. The views from the living room are incredible. You can see the fjord and the rest of Heydalur, a mile away. There is a wraparound deck on three sides with a big table, four chairs, and two grills. The beds are all double beds, tight for two people but quite nice for one person. They are just soft enough to be comfortable, unlike most beds in Iceland which are quite firm. One bedroom has a bunk bed, a double below and a single up top. The bathroom is really small. It has the smallest toilet I've ever seen in a rental, and low to the floor. The shower is about 2 feet by two feet. Large people might not fit. The showerhead is small but the water is plenty hot. The kitchen is just as small, maybe 8 x 8 feet. The fridge is an undercounter, small fridge, the same size as many hotel mini-fridges. Since the nearest grocery store is 80 miles away, the assumption is you won't have much food and won't be doing much cooking, which was true for us. We could cook pasta with sauce as that doesn't require refrigeration. There is a four burner stove with a small oven. It was the smallest stove I've ever seen. There is no dishwasher, but you probably won't have many dirty dishes because you won't have much food. For food, we mainly went to the restaurant next to the hotel rooms. It is a converted barn, a large room with seating for about 50 people. The food is excellent, on the simpler side, but very fresh and tasty. I recommend the trout and lamb dishes, and all the desserts are tasty. Service is very friendly, mainly using young people for the summer. Any requests we had were quickly accommodated. It's a very friendly, low-key environment. They have lots of horses for riding, but you should book in advance to make sure you get the ride you want when you want. All in all, we had a great experience. We were lucky with the weather. There are lots of outdoors things to do, but not much else as the nearest museum or shopping is an hour away. This is a place to get away from the city and distractions, and just enjoy nature. Finally, I thought the price of lodging and meals were the best value out of everywhere we went in Iceland.…
We stopped here as it was the only horseback rides we could find open in second week of May. After having a delicious lunch our guide Marianna took us out for a ride in the country. All in All a great facility and would stay here next time we come.
Coming to the westfjords on the cusp of winter there are many decisions related to weather to be made. In retrospect, I would have stayed here for two days instead of one as there are quite a few hikes and activities in the area plus this inn has their own hot pot plus a natural one across the river five minutes walk away. The restaurant seems to serve the freshest ingredients because as I left to go around Iceland, all the salmon was labelled from westfjords but while I was there, they told me salmon season was over so I guess it got packaged and frozen for the supermarkets. I got room 10 which had a corner window with a TV and kettle. Not really sure why they provide TVs as there were no channels that had reception. The bathroom was quite large but I kept getting trapped in the shower curtain because it wasn't weighted. This would be an ideal inn to view the northern lights if the weather cooperates. Only by moonlight and the reflection of the road markers did I see my way there. Staff were fluent in English. I also made a note to check out the camping showers as I read some reviews that mentioned they were disgusting. It's not heated, that's for sure but it wasn't dirty dirty, I wouldn't go bare feet though. There were two outdoor pools as others mentioned, one hotter and one cooler. I didn't check out the indoor pool with covid and all. The cat likes to hang around there to see what you're doing. It was a harrowing drive getting in and out of westfjords so make it worth your while and stay longer. …
My only regret is not staying longer. Comfortable. Warm. Friendly. Authentic. Tasty food. We were treated like family. Even when we got ourselves stuck crossing from one fjord to another, they came to our rescue. Unforgettable, our time there. And if you show up, stay a while. There is so much to do in the valley. Horses. Hikes. Hot pots. Be sure to visit the indoor pool and the naturally heated hot tub. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the barn cat that inhabits the pool area - be sure to say hello for us. Oh and the hamburgers. Legendary. Hang out in the main building. There’s lots to see. Relax, have a tea, do some reading.
This one the best places we stayed in Iceland. The road there can get a bit bumpy so take care. But it is simply amazing. The restaurant serves amazing dishes at reasonable prices. Breakfast is varied and everything was just delicious. The rooms were wonderfully comfortable, spacious and the bathroom was completely equiped. I have to stress out that the price is very good given the conditions (there aren't that many places that offer rooms with private bathrooms at this price). The place is absolutely gorgeous in the middle of nature. And the staff is as friendly as can be, including the dogs. Also, as boardgame afficionados we loved to find that the dining area has a cupboard filled with boardgames for all tastes!! Just amazing all round!
if you like to be welcomed by dogs and be whistled at by a parrot (we do) then this is the place to experience the westfjords country side. We stayed in room 16, spacious and bright with a great view over the valley. cross the river to soak in a natural hot pool, use the hotpot next to the greenhouse, and just enjoy the vibe. This may not be 5 star luxury, but it's better: this place has all you need to get the atmosphere of the Westfjords. Take a hike, a swim or go horse-riding. Or just cuddle the dogs. ;) We'd love to come back! (and we will)