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Fljótsdalsgrund

Tucked away in the green of Fljótsdalur valley you´ll find the hosts of Fljótsdalsgrund guesthouse welcoming you with open arms. You can get full scale accommodation in studio romms or just a comfortable sleeping bag accommodation; be it in private quarters or in a common. Should you feel the urge to throw a party or convene your entire dynasty Fljótsdalsgrund can provide you with a 90 m2 meeting /ball room lined with East Iceland larch from the nearby woodland. This safe haven is further complimented by a well equipped camping ground and a caravan facility w. electricity. The premises are easily accessible for handicapped customers.
Fljótsdalsgrund guesthoure is superbly located as regards major sights and cultural/ historical places. The waterfalls Hengifoss and Litlanesfoss are but a stone´s throw away and the cultural centre Skriðuklaustur along with the not-to-miss menu of Klausturkaffi caféteria. Same goes for the high tech Vatnajökull National Park Visitor´s Centre, located beside Skriðuklaustur. The imposing highland hydroelectric project at Kárahnjúkar is but half an hour´s drive away and Iceland´s largest forest, Hallormstaðaskógur adorns the horizon.

Fljótsdalsgrund welcomes you. You´ll feel at home.

Fljótsdalsgrund

Végarður, Fljótsdal

GPS Points N65° 1' 35.684" W14° 58' 19.626"
Accommodation 4 Rooms / 13 Beds
Opening period 15/01 - 15/12
Service Place of interest Walking path Home catering Petrole station Trailer park Swimming pool Fishing permits Cooking facilities Internet access Shower Golf course Grocery store Bank Airport Credit cards accepted Bar Car ferry

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History and Culture
14.21 km
Lagarfljótsormurinn

The gigantic serpentine sea monster, or worm, of Lagarfljót (Lögurinn) lake is Fljótsdalshérað's most famous creature. As it was already mentioned in chronicles of 1345, it has reached a ripe old age. Initially the wyrm was merely a little slug that was placed on a golden ring - at that time suggested as a method of multiplying gold. However, when the girl who owned the ring opened the shrine containing the ring and the slug, she was dismayed by the rapid growth of the worm - swelling with pride over its treasure, while the ring remained the same. Panicing, the girl hurled the shrine and its contents into the lake. As time passed, the slug grew into a wyrm frightening the locals and belching poison over the farmlands. Some say that two Finnish magicians were eventually enganged to tackle the monster and that they managed to restrain the beast by schakling its exctremities to the lakebed. Others claim it was the popular bishop of North Iceland, Guðmundur - nicknamed "the Benevolent"- who tied the wyrm down in this way, so tightly that it only manages arch its back up above the surface. Legend declares that if the wyrm ever disengages itself, not only will it raise a ruckus, but it will bring about the end of the world...

Nature
16.56 km
Atlavík

The Atlavík

The inlet of Atlavík is beautifully situated on the shores of Lagarfljót (Lögurinn). Like other areas in the Hallormsstaður woodland, the inlet provides the shelter of trees, as well as a comparatively continental climate at the south end of the lake, far away from oceanic conditions. In addition to a 2 full-scale camping site, rental services for small boats, Hallormsstaður also offers the possibility of horse renting.

Nature
17.66 km
Hallormsstaður
Hallormstaður is a former parsonery. A small village has formed in this area through the years in connection with the school, travelindustry and the work at the forest. The forest of Hallormsstaður is the largest forest in Iceland. In 1903 the Forest Department was founded in Hallormsstaður. Remarkable tree museum has formed in the forest of hallormsstaður through the years. At the tree museum there are walkingpaths making it easy to go through the history of tree planting in Iceland. There are art exhibitions in the area and many other events. atlavík, which is located deep in the forest is a beloved attraction for turists.
Nature
8.08 km
Skriðuklaustur

Skriðuklaustur is now a centre of culture and history in Fljótsdalur. After becoming a renowned author on the european continent, Gunnar Gunnarsson had a mansion built here in 1939, and made it his residence. In 1948 he bequeathed the property to the Icelandic nation. The building is now home to the Institute of Gunnar Gunnarsson,displaying books and artifacts connected with his life and work. In addition, there are various cultural events and art exhibitions. Café Klausturkaffi is located in the dining room. Since 1992, archaeological excavation of a nearby 16th century monastery has yielded exciting results and attracted general attention. Visitors are allowed to view the ruins.

History and Culture
8.83 km
Hrafnkelsstadir

Hrafnkelsstaðir is a farm in Fljótsdalur valley, S-E of river Lagarfljót. It was formerly the abode of saga era hero Hrafnkell Freysgoði Hallfreðarson after he had been chasen off his original settlement at farm Aðalbóli in Hrafnkelsdalur valley. The Saga of Hrafnkell Freysgoði ranks among the classics of Icelandic ancient litterature. The farmsted land include the Ranaskógur forest, an idyllic woodland located in the extremities of the so called Víðivallaháls ridge. In days of yore the entire area was covered with green forest.

Nature
0.64 km
Valþjófsstaður

Valþjófsstaður in Fljótsdalur valley enjoys a century-long reputation as a farm of prestige, a vicarage and a site of culture and distinction. In times of yore it was the residence of the Þórarinsson brothers, Þorvarður, one of the most powerful men in Iceland in his day (d. 1297), and Oddur, a great warrior slain at farm Geldingaholt in 1255 .
The famous Valþjófsstaður church door, one of the finest items in the National Museum at Reykjavík, derives from Valþjófsstaður. The present door is an exact replica. .

Nature
13.95 km
Hengifoss

Apart from having recently been re-defined as Iceland's second-highest waterfall,the Hengifoss is particularly picturesque. The layers between numerous Tertiary lava strata yield a reddish colour particularly salient in the cliffs around Hengifoss. Moreover, underway towards Hengifoss, the Litlanesfoss presents impressive stands of basalt columns on both sides of the gorge. Usually the climb ends well below Hengifoss, at a point where it can easily be admired without crossing the river. However, if the flow is scarce - as is often the case in autumn - it is feasible to go closer and even enter a shallow cave behind the waterfall.
There is an easy walking path from the highway to Hengifoss

Nature
17.95 km
Hallormsstaðaskógur

Iceland's largest forest surrounds Hallormsstaður. Experiments with imported tree species were initiated here in 1903; in 1938, the first larch grove was planted, demonstrating that wood cultivation was feasible in Iceland. In fact, the woods are an extensive and congenial area, and in late summer large quantities of berries and mushrooms are yours for the taking. A home economics´ school with dormitories, which initially only accepted women, now educates both sexes. It is placed in a stately building dating from 1930. The Hallormsstaður arboretum is unique in Iceland, comprising a collection of around 70 tree species. Many enjoy stralling through the arboretum, and there are well-marked trails throughout much of the surrounding woodland, clearly indicated on a map published by the Forest Services.

East Iceland

Towns & Villages

Each town in East Iceland has its own characteristics. In some of the coastal villages the influence of North European neighbours is obvious to everyone. 

The French made a strong impact in Fáskrúðsfjörður where the road signs are made out in French as well as in Icelandic. Norwegian influence is easily detected in the Eskifjörður and Seydisfjörður architecture. No such roots are to be seen in Egilsstadir which is latest addition to East Iceland agglomeration, founded in the late forties of the 20th century.  

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