Skipalaekur is a farm on the banks of Lagerfljot.
The accommodation is away from the main house, in wooden hut. Aesthetically pleasing and only a handful of them, well apart from each other.
The huts have kitchenettes and are comfortable. Fantastic views of the lake out of the complete glass frontage.
It cost ISK 9000 for a hut to (just about) sleep a family of 4. It was on a sleeping bag basis (ie bed sheets were not provided). Breakfast waas not included.
I recommend. It was a nice and exceptionally peaceful place to stay.
6km outside of Hofn (west) it is rural and has little "cottages".
The first time arrived it was all shut up and locked so I had to go kill some more time in Hofn!
I had booked a family cottage for 2 adults, 2 children but was given a room that accommodated 2 people. Luckily we had sleeping bags and there was just enough space either side of the bed for the children to sleep on the floor! It was clean but certainly had no frills.
Breakfast was included and was ok. The total cost for one night was ISK 11500.
It was somewhere to sleep - nothing more, nothing less.
Perhaps if the weather had been a little better Hofn and Árnanes may have held a little more appeal but... I found nothing to excite me here.
Good location for exploring the Skaftafell NP.
The main house, where the reception and restaturant are, looks fancy, well decorated, a little Ikea blacks, whites and reds.
I thought our rooms (booked a double + xbed plus double + 2 xbed) would be in this building, but it turned out to a sumerhus (summerhouse). These are a few small woooden "cottages" with very simple accomodations. Not what I expected from the website. As we were 7, we had one just for ourselves. There's only one bathroom, shared by both of the rooms. Two people is crowd and taking turns to use it was quite time comsuming. The rooms are not spacious either, especially the of for 4 people. There are two single beds and a bunk bed, but little space to move around with luggage and all.
It's ok for backpacking travel, which was not our case as we travelled with family and friends.
I'd like to have seen the main rooms, but the place looked fully booked. There was a good crowd at dinner time.
The place is quiet, in a workimg farm.
Breakfast is fine and you can have dinner, if you book in advance. There's a fix menu, with soup (best asparagus of the whole journey!), main course and dessert. Dinner is at 7pm daily. The waiters are nice and helpful.
You have to take your shoes off before entering the main building! Wear socks...
The only accommodation in the park itself is camping. The campground is rather large and sectioned with small bushes. There is grass but only a thin layer as you'll find out when trying to fix those tent heels.
The campground is set in beautiful surroundings of Skaftafell National Park and the views are great. Numerous hiking paths around the park.
There is a service center that offers basic amenities, i.e. shower, cleaning etc.
We stayed at Hotel Skaftafell before and after we hiked Hvannadalshnjúkur , Iceland's highest peak. The hotel is quite nice but expensive as all Icelandic hotels.
The rooms are small but clean. The restaurant was good and there was a good breakfast buffet. They also arrange lunch packs for the hike.
The unique qualities of this hotel is definitely it's location. Located at Skaftafell national park it offers endless hiking possibilities in amazing surroundings.
Next to the visitors center there is a camping ground. A good place to stay if you want to discover the park and are not afraid of the cold.
We stayed in in village more to the east, but if you have a tent with you, or travel with a mobile home, this is the place to be. Trails start from the camping ground and because of the visitor center the facilities are good.
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