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Sámur bóndi Guesthouse

Welcome to Sámur Bóndi Guesthouse at Aðalból farm in Hrafnkelsdalur valley, Iceland.

Hrafnkelsdalur valley, home of the farm Aðalból, is a scarcely populated glen haven, south of valley Jökuldalur and Iceland´s principal highway, some 400 metres above sea level, Aðalból is one of the most inland farms in the entire country; a well-known historical site through the renowned "Saga of chieftain Hrafnkell". The lay of the land and many other features still appear as they did in the saga, which occurred over a thousand years ago. No other farm is in sight, and many have never experienced as much tranquillity as here.

The following are some of your options at or near Sámur Bóndi Guesthouse. You can:

  • stay at the campsite
  • get accommodation with or without breakfast, w. made-up bed or using your own sleeping bag
  • walk along the marked trail which Hrafnkell's enemies followed in order to assail him.
  • visit Sænautasel, a faithfully restaured turf museum depicting the layout of local backwater dwellings until the early twentieth century.
  • visit Klaustursel farm, the home of tamed reindeers and other wild animal species. Local workshop handcrafts on offer.
  • Try your luck at reindeer-, goose- or ptarmigan- hunting
  • obtain a guide for reindeer- hunting.

Travelling to Aðalból There are year-round, daily flights from Reykjavík to the nearby airport at Egilsstaðir, also within reach of direct flights from Copenhagen, Denmark. Car rental at the airport.

For further information: Sámur Bóndi ehf.
Aðalból 2
701 Egilsstaðir
Tel.: +354-471-2788
Fax: +354-471-2789

Sámur bóndi Guesthouse

Aðalból II


GPS Points N65° 1' 4.636" W15° 34' 17.606"
Accommodation 13 Beds
Opening period 01/06 - 31/08
Service Home catering Sleeping bag acc. Hotel / guesthouse Camping ground Tourist shop Bar

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Wilderness center
Farm Holidays
  • Norðurdalur
  • 701 Egilsstaðir
  • 440-8822 , 896-2339 , 863-9494
The Highlands
12.44 km

Kárahnjúkar Dam and Hálslón reservoir were created as part of Iceland's most extensive construction project to date, and have since been visited by numerous tourists. The two tuff peaks named Kárahnjúkar stand tall on the east bank of the Jökulsá river and canyon, which ranks as one of Iceland's deepest and most impressive. The long-term use of the reservoir here to turn the powerful turbines down at Fljótsdalur Station began in late 2006.

22.72 km

Snæfell, towering to 1,833 m, is the highest mountain in Iceland outside the glacier regions. Even so, and despite the omnipresent snow, (Snæfell = "The Snow Mountain), it is fairly accessible from Snæfellsskáli hut. While Snæfell boasts a splendour of its own, it offers a fabulous view, partly overlooking the oasis of Eyjabakkar. Eyjabakkar is a choice habitat for geese. Reindeer can frequently be spotted west of Snæfell, towards Hálsalón reservoir, in addition to other territories in the East Iceland highlands.

6.17 km

Laugarvalladalur is a green oasis west of river Jökulsá á Dal, some 20 km. north of dam Káraghnjúkar. Close to the site of an abandoned farm there is a geothermal stream, ideal for taking a bath - or a shower in the warm waterfall where the stream runs into the valley's main river. Please be vary of the temperature as it sometimes rises well above suitable limits!

History and Culture
3.77 km

Aðalból, settled by the hero of Hrafnkell's Saga, is situated in a valley and is isolated from the farms farther down. Those who have read this exciting saga can visit a number of features relating to it, such as Hrafnkell's burial mound. Furthermore, ancient relics found in the vicinity have added to the atmosphere of the saga era. All this puts one in touch with Nordic literary heritage and Icelandic history, and the tourist service staff at Aðalból endeavour to help visitors experience this.

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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