- Reviews: 162
Saeluhus: Great place to stay!
During our second visit to Iceland in march/april 2013 we stayed in Akureyri for 5 nights.
We decided on staying in Sæluhús and haven’t regretted it for a bit! Everything went smooth from start to finish.
There are several studio type apartments and some bigger houses for rent.
All have a view overlooking the fjord.
The apartments are divided in several clusters of 4 apartments each, all on ground floor (thus accessible for the physically impaired). Each apartment has it’s own private entrance.
There are 2 types of apartments: with or without private hotpot. The apartment are about equal in size, but as the ones with hotpot are on the outside of each cluster, they have a larger terrace to offer space for the hotpot. The apartments without hotpot are for 2 persons (an extra bed can be provided for extra charge). The ones with hotpot have a fold away bed (135x195cm) (see pic. 3 - 'closet' to the right) and can accommodate 4 persons.
The kitchenette has 2 hotplates, a microwave, a dishwasher and a refrigerator. There’s also tableware for 4, a coffee maker, kettle and a toaster.
The kitchenette and the sleeping area are in fact one large space, divided by a partial wall.
There is plenty of closet space, as well as a flat screen tv.
The bathroom was spacious enough: toilet, half-round shower, sink and extra storage space.
Upon entering you arrive in a kind of hallway, which also has extra storage space (large enough to store your suitcases).
The only downside was the (free) wifi-connection. Most of the times the signal wasn’t coming through decently, so it mostly took some time to get to a page.
There’s plenty of parking space on the private grounds right in front of the buildings, so no need to drag your luggage all over the place.
It’s at the outskirts of the town, but since Akureyri isn’t all that big that isn’t much of a probem. The Akureyri church f.e. is less than a kilometre away.
If you walk down the hill for about 300 metres, you’ll reach Iceland’s most famous ice-cream shop – Brynja.
The airport is about 1,5 kilometres away.
Closeby are several supermarkets which have everything you need if you want to cook yourself instead of eating out.
I can very much recommend this place when you’re looking for a place to stay in Akureyri.
Next to the administration office there is a service building. Here you can find a washer and dryer. This came in very handy, as we were nearly halfway our trip when we came here and we had some things that could really do with a decent wash. Using these machines was totally free of charge … nice! You have to insert a coin in each of the machines, but the coins were provided in a jar that stood on top. The houses each have their own washer and dryer.
Nice thing was the daily cleaning service. And also no need to do your own end-cleaning when leaving … all included in the price. And always spotlessly clean. Towels and bedlinen were also included.
The owner was very friendly and accomodating. When we couldn’t find out if a certain museum was open (irregular opening times at that time of year) he tried phoning them several times.
- Reviews: 1418
Dalvik: Argeroi Guesthouse: Lovely place off Dalvik: Argeroi
It was a short 1 night stay here; I had planned to come to Dalvik to do some hikes into the countryside only to have 2 things spoilt my plans - a heavy thunderstorm rolled in and claimed most of the day and I caught a pesky flu bug from Husavik.
In the end, I was more or less confined to walks into the town of Dalvik (when the weather decided to let up a little) and around the guesthouse.
The building is stand alone, but if you advise your bus driver accordingly, they will drop you and pick you up just outside the guesthouse. Lovely place, with a river running past by the side of the building and some farms just behind, slightly up the hills. The owner Ari, and family were very friendly; very approachable and like most Icelanders, couldn't believe a Singaporean making this far from home!
I had a room on the basement level (The family lives on the 2nd floor). There was a TV in my room with satelite access to some Danish channels which were showing American TV shows. After almost a week without listening to English shows, it was a welcomed change!! There was a sink in the room but you have to make use of the common shower/bathroom, which was amazingly large and spacious!
I was the only paying guest that day. With the weather ravaging the country, I spent a good some time in the common room reading. Ari sensing my boredom, took me out berries-picking with his daughter and a visiting friend. This was one of my most memorable experiences; picking an abundance of crowberries and bilberries in the rain and then coming back to the warmth of the house, sitting in the kitchen, slurping all the berries goodness up with skyr! (Thanks for the memories!!)
The friendliness of the hosts for one.
The location the other. Once the rain had washed away the greyness of the previous day, the beauty of the location was spellbounding the next morning in the bright crispy sunshine. Blue skies, blue rivers, green countryside. Would have made a heck of a destination to do some serious hiking!
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