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Dalvik Hostel - Vegamot cottages
Reviewed December 9, 2013

What a delight!
We spent 2 nights here and really loved the tiny house, which is at the back of the hostel hosts' house.
It was lovely to have our own space after we'd been travelling around Iceland for 10 days. The wee old house has been beautifully refurbished. It was very comfortable for 3 and 2 of us slept upstairs - not much head room though. The shower was tiny but perfectly formed. The hot tub outside was most enjoyable.
Bjarni was very helpful in planning our trip and we did a whale-watching trip which was very good.

Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 12, 2013

Though it took some effort to find Vegamot, we were glad we persisted. A note on the door of the main house suggested if there was no answer, that we phone from the gas station across the road. Which we did--and were able to connect with Heida.

We loved the cute cabins and Heida was willing to negotiate an off-season sleeping bag accommodation price (though she did have duvets, pillows and linens if need be). What we didn't realize in our quick transaction was that the cabin had no shower (just a sink and toilet). We later learned that we could make use of her other rental property--which was actually her great-grandmother's house. This house is outstanding--and if you are travelling with four or more, rent this space! There is a loft upstairs and Heida has impeccable design taste. The home is like snooping around a museum of lovely treasures: milking stools, iron crosses, tin cups--many belongings of her family.

Our cabin and kitchenette was fully outfitted with many carefully thought-out items for the discerning traveller--a thermos, cheese grater, kettle, hot plate, wine, beer and champagne glasses--tupperware containers for leftovers.

Most ideal was being able to simply cross the road and find a winding interpretive trail around the lake where we spotted several godwits, kestrels and whooping swans. The full trail is a solid two hour hike.

'Vegamot' means crossroads--and, indeed, we were at a crossroads after making our way around the Ring Road from the east fjords. We were happy to have such a stocked cabin, proper dining table to sit at and couch to lounge on. If the weather weren't so dismal, the front balcony would have been the perfect perch.

We were also lucky to land at Vegamot on Heida's birthday. She informed us that there would be a happy hour that night, all night (2 for 1 Kaldi--which is the local craft brew. Ironically, the brewmaster came in for a pint that very night) at the cafe that her and her husband, Bjarni, opened just a month ago. The Eirikurhelga Kaffihus is a five minute walk from the cabin. It's exceptionally designed--again, with vintage finds and curios that pull you room to room. There was a display case of decadent desserts, cold Kaldi and an extensive libation library. With buttery candlelight, vintage tractor seat bar stools and clever touches like a pitchfork to hang your jacket--this place is one I had in my own neighbourhood. And, to boot, the future plan is to re-open the old live theater space for local performers.

Curly-mopped Bjarni also leads whale-watching tours and is a great, cheery informant. A pint will go by quickly when immersed in conversation with him. The couple exude friendliness (Heida is an Icelandic doppleganger of Meryl Streep) and we were disappointed that we had only planned on one night in the area.

Room Tip: Heida and Bjarni also own the hostel in town if you are interested in a cheaper sleep--though the pr...
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 2, 2013

My stay at Gimli hostel exceeded my expectations! The hostel is a big beautiful house in the center of town, with the harbour just across the street. The rooms are very cozy and comfortable and there is a kitchen and dining room on the second floor. The owners’ hospitality is second to none. Heiða and Bjarni are very helpful and want to make your stay as pleasant as possible. One of the best hostels I have ever stayed!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

This hostel is great, it is like a museum. The owners are very friendly, it is well located and has all kind of facilities.

I highly recommend to spend, at least, one night in this wonderful place.

The village has more than 1000 people and has all kind of facilities (supermarket, gas station...)

it you came, it is highly recommended to go to Whale watching from dalvik with http://www.arcticseatours.is/Whale_watching.html

I have changed my plans to stay one day more in this place.

Room Tip: All the rooms are great and are like museums,.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

We were lucky to have booked two nights at thje Dalvik Hostel this June 2013...but regretted the fact that we hadn't booked a lot longer. Believe me, I 've travelled since 1972 (overland to India) and I 've seen more than 80 countries, and spend the night at many budgethostels and cheap hotels...so don't tell me I'm not experienced...but the place of Heida & Bjarni is simply the best I've ever stayed. Ever. On any continent. And it's not just the hostel, or it's decorations, or the views of the harbour and the mountains, it's probably the love & compassion that the owners put into their place. How they make you feel a very welcome guest. It's a cliché, but this place IS like coming home. And meeting Heida & Bjarni is the cream on top of a very tasty cake.
We loved the place, loved Dalvik, loved Iceland. Thank you so much, dear Heida & Bjarni !

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 3, 2013

Our family is staying for one night at the HI Hostel in Dalvik. This hostel has different options and we are staying in the old house behind the owner's residence. The innkeeper's daughter, Maria, took good care of us as her father was celebrating his 50th birthday. Staying in this house gives you a taste of what life was like in Iceland over 100 years ago (except for the electricity and other modern amenities). The place is decorated in an eclectic manner with old items that belonged to Maria's grandmother and great grandmother and other odd items (i.e., old baby shoes hanging from a chair, old fashioned hair rollers on a side table, etc.). The individual items speak to the history of this family and to life in Iceland. On a more practical manner, the kitchen was well equipped to prepare any meal but there is no microwave. The bathroom is small but has all the comfort of a modern bathroom. Outside there is a rudimentary hot tub. Our kids enjoyed playing around the corner of the house in the local park and made some Icelandic friends playing soccer. The views in Dalvik are simply breathtaking.

Room Tip: Ask for the old house which sleeps a family of four.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 8, 2013

This is no ordinary hostel. This is a big beautiful house in the center of town, run by a dedicated couple who know how to take care of people. The rooms are comfortable, kitchen facilities were great, and overall the place is warm and cozy. Bjarni helped us figure out some skiing, we sat in the hot tub at his house, and he fed us shark and Brennivin. Highly recommend this stay and we will be back, likely in the cottage he also rents next to his home.

Room Tip: Sleep upstairs.
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: Hafnarbraut 4, Dalvik 620, Iceland
Location: Iceland > Northeast Region > Dalvik
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Dalvik
Price Range: $89 - $205 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This is what we offer:Gimli is our hostel situated in the middle of Dalvik just above the harbour. We offer 7 rooms, from a room for one up to big family rooms for 6 persons/dorm. Shared batrhooms and showers, free wifi and use of computer in living room. The Old House is a 100 years old 28 sqm. romantic cottage which has been renovated in the original style. Kitchen, living room with tv/dvd, free wifi. Sofa bed and matrasses on a loft. Hot tub available.Three 15 sqm cottages with a kitchenette, wc but no shower...our guests in the cottages have free access to the local swimming pool. Double bed and a sofa bed. Hot tub available. ... more   less 
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