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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 meters 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 restored 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.

Traveling 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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24.03 km
Vatnajökull National Park

Vatnajökull national park established 7. June 2008, covers an area of 14,141 km2 (13,7% of Iceland). The eastern covers 2.384km2. There are many places to visit, and experience, the contrasts in the unique nature are magnificent. The battle between ice and fire still rages within the National Park's boundaries. Few other places in the world exhibit the effects of such a wide range of natural phenomena.
Among highlights of the east are Kverkfjöll, the home of Ice and fire, the oasis Hvannalindir, Snæfell the ancient volcano, where the reindeer roam and Eyjabakkar the celebrated home of the Pink-footed Goose.

18.06 km
Waterfall Circle

The Waterfall Circle is an 8 kilometers long hiking circle that starts and ends in Laugarfell. On the hike, you can see five waterfalls and one canyon. Some of these waterfalls are among the most powerful in East Iceland. Most famous of the waterfalls are Kirkjufoss and Faxi.

This beautiful hike is getting more and more popular among hikers. After the hike then it is a good idea to take a bath in the hot springs in Laugarfell.

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6.17 km

Laugavalladalur 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 and a shower in the warm waterfall where the stream runs into the valley's main river. Please be wary of the temperature as it sometimes rises well above suitable limits!

15.23 km

Walk on from the sign by the river Þverá south of Eiríksstaðir farm and on to Fremri Hnefill - top (947 m) where you will find the cylinder with the visitors' log and stamp. From there one can cross over to the top of Ytri Hnefill (922m) and down to Eiríksstaðir farm. It is also nice to walk over to the ruins of the abandoned (since 1875) Hneflasel farm and between the two mountains on the way back to Jökuldalur valley.

Part of Hiking Treasures in Egilsstaðir Region

GPS : N65°08.617-W15°28.195

The Highlands
12.44 km

Kárahnjúkar 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.

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 endeavor to help visitors experience this.

8.91 km

Drive north of Kárahnjúkastífla reservoir along a road (fit for SUV) on Lambafell to crossroads by Laugavellir. Drive down to a parking area by Dimmugljúfur canyons. There you will find a sign containing information and the trail running through Hafrahvammar canyon and Magnahellir cave where you will find the cylinder with the visitors' log and stamp. The farmers in Eiríksstaðir used to keep their sheep in the slopes by Jökulsá river close to the cave called Magna cave which derives its name from the farmer named Magni who was the first one to keep his sheep there in winter.

Part of Hiking Treasures in Egilsstaðir Region

GPS : N64°99.252-W15°71.683

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22.72 km

Mt 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 splendor 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.

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9.50 km

Hafrahvammagljúfur canyon in East Iceland is one of the most impressive canyons in Iceland. It is over 200 meters deep and this impressive canyon stretches about seven to eight kilometers towards the valley Jökuldalur.

Drive north of Kárahnjúkastífla reservoir along a road (fit for SUV) on Lambafell to crossroads by Laugavellir. Drive down to a parking area by Dimmugljúfur canyons. There you will find a sign containing information and the trail running through Hafrahvammar canyon.

20.44 km
Studlagil Canyon

Stuðlagil Canyon

In the valley Jökuldalur (Glacier Valley) in East Iceland there is a marvellous natural site that almost nobody knew about until recently. For a long time it was hidden under water or until the hydroelectric plant Kárahnjúkavirkjun was built and the waterflow in the glacier river Jökulsá á Dal, a.k.a. Jökla, was extremely reduced. This marvel is the part of Jökla's canyon which is called Stuðlagil Canyon. Stuðlagil Canyon has one of the biggest and most beautiful basalt columns formation in Iceland.

There are two options to access Stuðlagil Canyon. To access the canyon from the west site you turn south on the Ring Road nr. 1 to road nr. 923. Then you drive about 19 kilometers to the farm Grund where you will find a parking lot and a path to riverbank (the walk is about 250 meters, or 5 minutes). There is a good view down to the canyon and the diverse columns look spectacular. Bear in mind that even though the walk is short caution is needed because the path is partly very steep.

To get into the canyon, and down to the river, you have to access it from the east site. Then you drive to the bridge by the farm Klaustursel, also be road nr. 923 about 14 kilometers from the Ring Road nr. 1. Bear in mind that you are requested to park your car on the parking lot on the north site of the bridge. From there you cross the bridge on foot and take on a hike by a track (approx. 5 kilometers) to a place where you can get down into the canyon. You will need to be careful because the rocks and stones can be very slippery. On the way, about 2 kilometers from the bridge, there is a impressive waterfall called Stuðlafoss. All in all this hike is just over 10 kilometers and could take about 3 hours, when including stops by the waterfall and Stuðlagil Canyon.

It is important to keep in mind, either way you choose, that that the nature in this area is delicate. Stuðlagil Canyon is a new destination and the traffic is steadily increasing but construction of facilities has just started. Visitors are therefor encouraged to be respectful to the enviroment and be tidy. In the period from May 1st - June 10th flocks of pink-footed geese breed and lay eggs along the gorge. During that time visitors are requested to keep to the marked paths and to not interupt the birds.


Towns & Villages

Each town in Austurland has its own characteristics. In some of the coastal villages t, the influence of North European neighbors 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 the latest addition to East Iceland agglomeration, founded in the late forties of the 20th century.  

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