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Youth Hostel and Horsefarm Husey

Hroarstunga | Husey HI Hostel, 65°37'57.7N 14°16'35.9W, Egilsstadir 701, Iceland
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#5 of 33 Specialty lodging in Egilsstadir
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Hostel and Horsefarm Húsey is located on the Eastern part of Iceland in Fljótsdalshérað, a place with extreme natural beauty and you will find that you are in close contact with nature. The hostel is a former old farmhouse in which you can enjoy almost complete peace and quiet and enjoy the spectacular view. Try a fresh walk along the footpaths or a guided horseriding tour to experience the birdlife and landscape with its changing moods and seals in the great rivers which is their natural habitat.
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Hroarstunga Husey HI Hostel, 65°37'57.7N 14°16'35.9W, Egilsstadir 701 Iceland
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Spent one week in Husey (booked the "riding holidays") - 2 adults, one kid with 10 years. Quiet private place, welcoming family & hostel team (German speaking), impressive nature and animals, great horses. Team organized individual daily riding tours for us :-) Simple but very clean hostel in an old farm house. If you want to spend one week with horses in iceland, this is the place to be.
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Well organized, friendly staff and seals. What a great trip. The route and speed depends on your level of riding, which is great. So my bf could have the beginner package and I got the experienced one. I was very happy to do it there, because of the beach, seals and those 3 nice German girls.
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I'm giving the Husey hostel a great rating, but this is from the perspective of knowing what you are getting ahead of time. The hostel is -not- a place to stay while you visit other places, it -is- your destination. The nearest other human habitation is 10 kilometers away. The nearest paved road is further than that and you are an hour from the closest spot to buy groceries. With that out of the way, the hostel is an old farmhouse. Read that as "quirky" in terms of the architecture, and not for people who cannot handle steep, narrow stairs and the like. The hostel is part of a working farm, so they have things to do aside from dealing with guests 24/7, but there was always someone available if we had a question. They do not serve meals, but they do have the standard shared kitchen facilities for guests and do have a few amenities for sale, like milk, chicken and duck eggs from the farm, and locally caught salmon and trout. We went there for the horseback riding and were not disappointed and would have no reservations about staying there again.
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We did a ring road trip in Iceland for the past couple weeks and stayed here one of the nights. It was a great choice! The location is fantastic, very out of the way and really peaceful - it probably helped that when we arrived the weather was beautiful! We went into the main house, rang the bell and checked in fairly quickly. The hostel wasn’t very busy when we came so we were given a choice of rooms (we chose the one which got darker due to the incessant sunlight!) comfy beds, and good linen provided. Excellent location with helpful tips as to local walks and to see local wildlife provided by the helpful owner. Highly recommended, especially if looking for a truly Icelandic experience in the wilderness, but with all the comforts of home.
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Rude owners. Terrible experience. Not enough heating to fill the place. Within the first 5 minutes of our stay a kid got locked in the bathroom. The bathroom smelled of puke. But most importantly these people shouldn't be in the service industry. They don't know how to treat people right and we're biased to where we were from.
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Response from Husey1, Guest Relations Manager at Youth Hostel and Horsefarm Husey
Responded Nov 20, 2017
I would like to apologise, you did not have a good experience at Húsey. There has been a great pressure on this family run hostel this summer. After having been very unwell during the summer farmer Örn Þorleifsson died of lung cancer on the 30th of October 2017. My niece Laufey and her husband Örn had run this hostel together for over 20 years, being proud of being able to offer travellers this very special remote place to stay. Húsey has been described by many nature loving visitors as one of the best places to stay in Iceland and that encourages us to carry on offering the service of the hostel and the horse riding. We listen to the opinions of visitors and try to continually improve our services. However I will respond to each part in your feedback. "No heat in room"; we use two heatpumps (varmadælur) as a base heating system, these are placed at each end of the hostel. When the rooms are not in use we leave the rooms open for the warm air to circulate. When the weather is very cold we use the oil central heating as extra and we have movable electric heaters for some of the rooms and to use as necessary. Our apology if this was not explained. "Rude owners"; we apologise for any rudeness, this is certainly not our intention. "In the middle of nowhere": This is what some visitors find part of the uniqueness of Húsey but others prefer to stay closer to the main route1. We have attemted to correct our postion on Google map so that visitors are aware of the distance. "Some kid got locked in the bathroom the first 5 minutes of our stay": Our gentleman guest came over to the reception to report this and a member of our team went over to the hostel immediately and spoke to the young child through the door and explained how to move the latch across. Again we apologise for your bad experience. Elísabet on behalf of the team at Húsey
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