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Hestasport Cottages

Hestasport Cottages

The Hestasport Cottages are located in the heart of north Iceland, close to the village of Varmahlíð and surrounded by rolling farmland and distant mountains. Seven self-catering wooden cottages offer a comfortable stopover on a road trip. They range from compact and cosy Studio cabins with either a double or twin bedroom, plus sofa bed, to spacious Three Bedroom cabins set over two floors, ideal for families or groups of up to six. 

With decor reflecting local wildlife and attractions, all cottages have large en suite bathrooms with showers, and a fully-fitted, well-equipped kitchen. Barbecues are available so you can choose to eat outside. As there is no on-site restaurant, during the summer, breakfast is served at Hotel Varmahlíð, a short car ride away, while in off-peak seasons, a breakfast basket is delivered to your door.

A popular outdoor feature is the communal stone hot tub. Here, you can relax, enjoying the midnight sun in summer and, in winter, the crisp air and the chance to see the northern lights.

The area is renowned for its Icelandic horses, offering riding for all abilities, while its glacial rivers present exhilarating rafting opportunities. Cultural attractions include a museum with traditional turf houses. But the main draw is the unspoiled scenery itself.

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Rooms

There are seven wooden cottages in total, ranging from four Studio cabins that offer either a double or twin bedroom, plus a sofa bed, to spacious Three Bedroom cabins that can sleep up to six. There is also one Two Bedroom cabin sleeping up to four. With interior decor reflecting local wildlife, all cottages have large en suite bathrooms with showers, and a fully-fitted, well-equipped kitchen. Barbecues are available so you can choose to eat outside.

Location

You’ll be staying in the heart of the north Iceland countryside, surrounded by rolling hills and farmland, close to the village of Varmahlíð. Renowned for its excellent horse riding and white water rafting opportunities, cultural highlights include the Glaumbær Museum with its traditional turf houses. Around 30 minutes’ drive away is the waterfront town of Sauðárkrókur, where you can take boat trips to Drangey Island. 

Food and Drink

As the cottages are self-catered, there is no on-site restaurant, so during the summer, breakfast is served at Hotel Varmahlíð, a short car ride away, while in off-peak seasons, a breakfast basket is delivered to your door. Both lunch and dinner are also available at the hotel, but there is a supermarket in the village for those who prefer to cook and dine at their cottage.

Facilities and Activities

A popular outdoor feature is the communal, stone hot tub. Here, you can relax, enjoying the midnight sun in summer and, in winter, the crisp air and the chance to see the northern lights.

Our opinion

This is one of our preferred places to stay in rural northern Iceland, particularly in a region with limited options. Although the cottages are simple, their log house design is entirely in keeping with the surrounding countryside.

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