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Heydalur Guesthouse
Ranked #1 of 10 Isafjordur B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 19, 2013

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.

Room Tip: Rooms near reception (dining hall) could be noisy due to foot traffic.
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 7, 2013

We had planned 2 nights at Heydalur in a cabin in May 2013. We had hoped to ride their Icelandic horses and kayak. But, when we arrived, a winter storm arrived with us. The temperature plummeted, the winds were terrific and we were pelted with snow. Not the weather for kayaking or enjoying horse riding. We did hike with with Loki, their border collie who loved to fetch stones, and hoped to use their pool, but it was being cleaned. We had a delicious dinner at their restaurant and hoped that the next morning would bring better weather. But, unfortunately, the weather was even worse. So, we decided to cut our stay short, go to plan B and leave beautiful Heydalur. Some day, we would love to come back if the weather were better and do everything that we had planned.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

I was volunteering with a project in Heydalur for two weeks and I was amazed every day. Location is amazing, remote, but totally worth it. The staff is very friendly and helpful and facilities are nice. Absolutely the best food - everything is cooked with knowledge and heart. The bread!!!Natural hot tubs and pools are a perfect way to relax or to do some sports on your holiday...:) Riding with the Icelandic horses in the fjords is an experience of itself. There were seals and whale in the same fjord! Also possible to to shorter on longer hikes in the area. Nature and surroundings is beautiful!

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed May 21, 2013

We stayed at Heydalur in May 2013. The property is off the beaten path. The staff were very accommodating and we ate dinner in the restaurant. Excellent food. The rooms were comfortable and nice. Our guide around the property was Loki, a collie dog. He loves to fetch stones and has a arctic fox as his friend. The natural hot pot was quite nice. We spent about an hour in it enjoying the view and the extended daylight. I wish we would have booked one more night here. Our kayaking trip was booked in Ísafjörður which is about 1 hour 30 minutes away. If you contact the staff and wish to do kayaking they can schedule something closer. We found this out when we arrived. Excellent hotel and staff. Great stay.

Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 15, 2013

My husband and I went for out honeymoon, and this was an amazing trip. Gisli, Elisse and Stella were welcoming, warm, friendly, helpful and just everything you would ask for in tour guides. The food was authentic and amazing; really well prepared, a wide variety of dishes and more than enough, the service was friendly and honest; they made sure we got to do everything we wanted, and the excursions were fun and personal! The rooms were very clean, well stocked and convenient and we had a great time. From the time we met them to the time they dropped us off, we felt like we had met our Icelandic family. I recommend this stay to anyone going to Iceland , as it really gets you out of Reykjavik and into "real" Iceland.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 16, 2013

We stayed at Heydalur in February 2013. A stunning location with mountains and valley all around. Accommodation at Heydalur is very comfortable and clean. The food is exceptional with fresh warm breads as part of the breakfast offerings. Pack lunches and a 3 course evening meals are all part of the package and you will not go hungry.
The excursions are well organised with additional clothing for ice fishing supplied. Stella is a wealth of information on the history of the area and seems to know everyone. Because of its remoteness it is perfect for viewing the northern lights.
They cannot do enough for you to make sure you have a superb experience and made us very welcome throughout our stay. A wonderful and very different holiday, thank you.

Room Tip: Views from all rooms are stunning
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 18, 2012

We went to Heydalur for ptarmigan hunting, the weather was very bad on the way from Reykjavik but we arrived after 5 hours. The rooms are very nice, the service good, breakfast and dinner well above what you could expect. All in all, great place and I will go there again and in summer time.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Heydalur Guesthouse

Address: Heydalur | 401, Isafjordur, Iceland
Location: Iceland > Westfjords Region > Isafjordur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Isafjordur
Price Range: $146 - $188 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 9
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