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Stóra-Sandfell Travel Service

The Stóra-Sandfell Travel Service is located 17 km. south of Egilsstaðir on highway no. 1 which is the main road between Egilsstaðir and Höfn. We offer our guests a nice camping place and accommodation in cottages or separated rooms. We also offer horse tours in our beautiful surroundings which are also ideal for nice hiking trails.

Our travel service is a family business owned by the same family for over 20 years. The campsite is tucked away nicely in a forest that offers a great place for camping. The campsite disposes of good restroom facilities, electricity, sinks, showers and running hot /cold water. Outdoor barbecues are available to our visitors and tables and benches enough to accommodate an army!

Accommodation:We offer comfortable accommodation in 4 cottages suitable for 4-5 persons. Each room is equipped with a refrigerator, cooking-facilities, tableware and a gas grill. They are rented out for a longer or a shorter period. Sleeping bag accommodation is available in rooms suitable for 2-5 persons.

Horse-rental:There are many beautiful horse-riding trails at Stóra-Sandfell, be it forest, hills valley. We offer horse-riding tours ranging from 1-4 hours, e.g. an outing to valley Hjálpleysa which is a deep isolated valley glen with an interesting historical background.

We also offer early summer midnight tours.

The camping ground and horse rental are open from June 1st - September 15th.
The accommodation is available from May 15th - October 1st.
Please contact for prices and booking information.

Stóra-Sandfell Travel Service

Stóra-Sandfell 3, Skriðdalur

GPS Points N65° 7' 31.074" W14° 32' 25.437"
Accommodation 7 Rooms / 22 Beds
Opening period 01/06 - 31/08
Service Picnik area Dogs allowed Horse riding Public lavatory Walking path Cottage rental Sleeping bag acc. Hotel / guesthouse Camping ground Shower

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Miðhús was among the first guesthouses in the Hérað region. Travellers passed Miðhús on their way to Seyðisfjörður and Eskifjörður. Today Miðhús houses an art gallery and a workshop (operative since 1975) where Icelandic material is used in many diffirent ways.

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Haugahólar hills were formed by a huge landslide, one of the largest ever from Haugafjall, and lie between Stuttidalur and Vatnsdalur.

Part of Hiking Treasures in Egilsstaðir Region.

GPS : N64°59.173-W14°35.217


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GPS : N65°05.465-W14°43.031

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A good walk and an interesting mountain.

Part of Hiking Treasures in Egilsstaðir Region

GPS : N65°05.637-W14°30.298

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Hottur

Höttur (Hátúnahöttur) is a beautiful mountain which lies in the mountain range between Vellir and Fagridalur and is favoured by many who live in Egilsstaðir.

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Part of Hiking Treasures in Egilsstaðir Region.

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Gálgaás

Gálgaás is an old execution place in Egilsstaðir.The cliff Gálgaás, just east of Egilsstaðir Church, may seem unimposing, yet it has been the location of many a lugubrious destiny in centuries past. The most renowned person to loose his life at Gálgaás was a farmer named Valtýr, living at Eyjólfsstaðir some 10 km. southwards. He was hanged in the wake of being tried for theft and murder; accusations which he steadfastly denied. Fourteen years later, the real murderer was unmasked by mere chance - also named Valtýr und suffered the same fate as his innocent namesake. Both skeletons were left lying below the cliff, which now bears a bronze plate commemorating these events.

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Part of Hiking Treasures in Egilsstaðir Region

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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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