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Vallanes Farm Guesthouse

We offer accomodation in the heart of our Móðir Jörð organic farm in Vallanes. Flat or cottage accomodate 2-4 people with double bed, kitchenette and private bathrooms with a shower. Private and calm atmosphere in beautiful environment. We offer local breakfast from the farm in a newly built café the Aspen House made entirely with wood from the farm. Shop and restaurant with vegetarian cuisine, lunch and other meals is open from 9-18 daily in the summertime.

Vallanes Farm Guesthouse

Vallanes

GPS Points N65° 11' 49.265" W14° 32' 35.103"
Accommodation 10 Rooms / 17 Beds / 1 Aparments
Opening period All year
Service Open year round Walking path Sleeping bag acc. Hotel / guesthouse Cooking facilities Town center Grocery store Airport Credit cards accepted

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Vallanes

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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. 

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Map Vopnafjörður Borgarfjörður Eystri Egilsstaðir Seyðisfjörður Mjóifjörður Fljótsdalshérað Neskaupstaður Breiðdalsvík Eskifjörður Reyðarfjörður Fáskrúðsfjörður Stöðvarfjörður Djúpivogur