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Skjaldarvik Guest House & Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 30 Akureyri B&B and Inns
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Reviewed July 16, 2012

This place has all the tangible and intangible things people want when traveling: The atmosphere is beautiful and comfortable (and romantic!) but not pretentious — and the light, food, scenery and people are wonderful. I came here specifically to horseback ride with three other girls and we all had such a wonderful time we never wanted to leave and ended up staying for dinner. The husband and wife team who own the Guest House personally picked us up and dropped us off at our hostel and were both very warm and generous individuals who genuinely cared about our time there. The horseback ride was wonderful — great for beginners or more advanced riders — and took us through fields, along the beaches, and into the water. The guides were very sweet and personally checked in with everyone periodically along the entire ride to make sure we were all comfortable. At the end of the ride, we fed and pet our horses and played with the B&B's adorable dogs. The facilities and hot pot cannot be beat. The hot pot offers the most beautiful scenery and is the perfect temperature. After the hot pot, you are free to use one of their towels or take a shower (even if you aren't staying over night). We loved the place and the people so much, we decided to stay for dinner, which totally blew everyone in my group away. We all shared our dishes, so we each were able to try the lobster salad, "secret" soup, the trout, the lamb, and each other desserts (skyramisu, molten chocolate cake and mint creme brulee). Unfortunately, we had reservations elsewhere and could not stay the night, but our time there literally could not have gotten any better. If I ever come back to Iceland, I'll be staying here!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 15, 2012

We liked this guesthouse very much. The room is very small but that's compensated by a large living room which is well decorated and very comfortable. There's a bar, free wifi, a hot tub outside with fantastic view, the owner is very friendly and the breakfast is good. The location is good, with nice view and not far from Akureyi. (10 min drive)

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 5, 2012

Very nice location, in quiet, lake location, only minutes from Akureyri. Very nice staff. Tasty breakfast with good variety, clean rooms and bathrooms (shared). Highly recommend!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 1, 2012

A lovely guesthouse, with a great view, horses, dogs and chickens. The beds are the most comfortable I have come across in Iceland. the rooms are big. Breakfast and dinner were very good.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a view of the sea. Bring a swimsuit, the hotpot at midnight is magical.
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 30, 2012

Although only for a night, our stay at this guesthouse was fantastic for so many reasons

Helpful, inviting hosts. We arrived WAY earlier than check-in time, but Disa was super accommodating, as were her daughters, at showing us our room and getting us settled. We were planning on heading to Akureyri after checking in, and visiting the public pool, and our hosts graciously gave us some towels for the road.

SIDE NOTE: VISIT THE POOL IN AKUREYRI! The best in Iceland in our opinion, having visited countless ones on a daily basis during our trip in Iceland.

Back to Skjaldarvik Guesthouse: The place is an old retirement home, and despite having this "hospital" nursing home structure to it, the family has done a fantastic job at adding all these homey touches everywhere. The place is filled with artistic, romantic, creative touches everywhere.... I can't applaud them enough at the fantastic job they have done with the place! We spent a lot of time in the communal lounge which has a fantastic view on the fjord and is very cozy, as well as equipped with a self-serve bar based on the honour system. Although we did not use the hot pot (we swam all afternoon in Akureyri!), it really has a phenomenal location and we hope to come back and use it one day!

Our room was very spacious, and with a lovely view on the fjord. Beautiful views everywhere.

Breakfast was included, and was perfect for our needs. Fruit, cheese, bread, marmalades, meats, the usual continental fare... and Disa made delicious cookies!

In short, fantastic hosts, beautiful remodelled property, lovely and cozy common area, beautiful fjord-mountain side location, a lovely and romantic farm, and just outside of Akureyri. Perfect for us.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a view on the fjord!
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 6, 2012 via mobile

I stumbled across the posting for Skjaldarvik and decided to book it at the last minute. My decision was sooo right! What a perfect spot Disa and Ólli have, right on the shores of the fjord. The location is really easy to find, just one turn off hwy1, 6km north of Akureyri. I was able to visit the surrounding area, including Húsavík and Myvatn Nature Baths, all based from Skjaldarvik. It is evident that Disa and Ólli have poured their heart and soul into this place, it is truly a magical destination. The free wifi was very handy to upload my daily photos, and keep on top of email. Disa prepares the food lovingly from scratch, including fresh bread every morning and jams. They get fresh eggs from their chickens every day. The decor had personal touches which completely added to the ambiance. The rooms were comfortable with either a king size or twin beds, and incredible views across the fjord, down duvets and crisp linens. The common area was quite relaxing, and the honour bar was much appreciated as I enjoyed a glass of wine in the outdoor hot pot, watching the sun set (at 11pm). I didn't get a chance to go horseback riding, Disa and Olli's daughter helps run that part of the business. I sadly had to leave to return to Reykjavik after 2 days, and it was difficult to drive away. I would recommend this to my friends or anyone looking for a quiet and gorgeous spot. I will also make an effort to visit Disa and Ólli again someday!!! þakka þér!!!

  • Stayed: May 2012
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Reviewed March 30, 2012

From the moment we arrived at the Skjaldarvik Farm Stay we were greeted with friendliness -- first from two sweet dogs, a group of clucking chickens, then by the friendly owners who showed us all the amenities and to our comfortable rooms. Right from the bed, we had a beautiful view of the fjord and the mountains beyond, and the hotel itself was sparking clean. They also serve an outstanding, and very beautiful breakfast! I couldn't stop taking pictures of the artful presentation of the food and the dining area.

As an added treat, the co-owner, Oli, asked if we would like to help feed the horses. This was a lot of fun, as the horses were sweet, gentle and enjoyed being fed goodies from a box filed with various breads.

At the end of our stay I tried making reservations at a hotel back in Reykjavic, and was surprised to find that all of the hotels were booked or not available. Disa, the other co-owner of the hotel, was fantastic at helping us locate and make reservations at a guesthouse. (Thank you so much Disa for helping us!)

All together, this was a delightful place to stay if you are exploring the northern part of Iceland and Lake Myvatn. We would definitely come back again.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the fjord side of the building.
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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Road 816 | Skjaldarvik, Akureyri 601, Iceland
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Location: Iceland > Northeast Region > Akureyri
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 30 B&Bs / Inns in Akureyri
Price Range: $82 - $222 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Skjaldarvik Guest House & Restaurant 2.5*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Skjaldarvik guesthouse, restaurant and tourist service is a family business. We put our lives and souls in it. Óli, Dísa and our girls, Klara, Katrín and Sunneva, will offer you a warm welcome. ... more   less 
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