Some aspects of this place are wonderful and a few not good at all, so some aspects of Heydalur would rate a 5 and some a 1.
The Icelandic breakfast (not included with the room) featured the usual cereal, bread, cheese, meat, juices, fruit, etc., plus scrambled eggs and bacon, so we ate until we were ready for the day. The dinners were tasty and filling, although at typical Iceland prices.
The dining area and the rooms (each with its own toilet and shower) were very clean, but some other places were filthy. For example, only two meters from the water of the swimming pool sat a well-used horse's brush and some dried horse manure. The tack for the horses was stored on a wall just a few steps away from swimmers, and the wrangler passed from the horse corral right by the pool to get them, yucky boots and all. The poolside chairs were too filthy to use, and dirt and leaves from the greenhouse plants on one side lay right up to the pool. We had read about how Icelanders object to foreigners jumping into a pool without showering, but I doubt many foreigners are as dirty as this pool area. Other areas were a bit shabby as well.
The wi-fi was agonizingly slow, often taking several minutes to load a page.
Somehow we had gotten the notion that all kinds of activities were available there. Actually, the kayaking, fishing, hiking (except for two dirt roads), etc., are all some distance away. The only outdoor activities are the three natural hot pots and riding horses.
This place is remote. To go to the nearest town it is almost two hours in either direction, beginning with a 12km dirt road. We had considered going to Isafjordur for the day, but when we realized it was a four hour round trip we abandoned the idea.
Some additional good points: everyone was pleasant, friendly, and helpful. Much of the staff was summer help, young people from various European countries who spoke several languages apiece and were interesting to talk with.
And Heydalur rests in a beautiful quiet setting.
Summary: if you want a remote place with excellent food, a genial staff, horses, and hot pots this is a possibility for you. Just remember there isn't much else to do there, nowhere else is close, and parts of Heydalur need some serious attention.
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