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Ytra Lón

Langanes
GPS: 66° 14,772'N, 15° 9,108'W
 
Tel:  (+354) 846-6448
ytralon@hostel.is

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Hostel Details

Experience nature far away from the bustle of city life

- no other hostel in Iceland is situated further from the capital than Ytra Lón

 

The unspoiled nature, many different kinds of birds and the peaceful environment makes Ytra Lón an ideal stop for nature lovers and people who are seeking a relaxed atmosphere in a family owned Hostel, with an Icelandic-Dutch family. While walking along the coast you see a number of long left farmhouses, a big variety of plants, thousands of Arctic Sterns and a close view of the Northern Gannet, breeding among theBrunnich´s Guillemot, Common Guillemot and other seabirds on the rocks.

Only 20 meters from the Hostel runs the river Lónsá where anglers can try trout fishing. At the hostel guests can enjoy a hot tub which is warm and inviting all year round. It´s a great experience to watch the starry sky from the hot tub during the winter, and even better when the northern lights are out and about. Guests have the opportunity to join and take part in the work on the farm.
 
In spring 2010 we opened a new wing which consists of 9 studio apartments for 2 – 4 persons with bathroom and kitchenette, fully equipped with cooking facilities, microwave, toaster etc.
Book our apartments 'Comfort' with made up beds and breakfast included by contacting the hostel by e-mail.

Guests should note that the next grocery shops and restaurants are located 14 km away from the hostel. It is therefore advisable to arrive equipped with food supplies, especially if travelling without a car.


Check out events and special offers on Farm Hostel Ytra Lón´s Facebook Page 

We look forward to giving you a warm welcome!

Please note that because of the hostel’s remote location, internet access cannot be provided.


 Opening times:

Opening times (daily/weekly):    The reception is open every day from 8:00-10:00 and 16:00-23:00. Check in is from 16:00 and rooms are available at the same time. Check out time is 10:00.


Opening times (over the year):    All year. Call in advance during the wintertime.

 Nearest hostels:

 

Húsey 183 km (ca. 1 hour 30 min) - Kópasker 84 km (ca. 1 hour) - Berg 193 (ca. 2 hours 20 min ) - Árbót 189 km (ca. 2 hours 15 min) - Seyðisfjörður 203 km (ca. 2 hours 30 min)

 

Distance from Reykjavík: 

651 km (ca. 7 hours 35 min)

Experience nature far away from the bustle of city life
- no other hotel in Iceland is situated further from the capital than Ytra Lón.
 
The unspoiled nature, many different kinds of birds and the peaceful environment makes Ytra Lón an ideal stop for nature lovers and people who are seeking a relaxed atmosphere in a family owned Hostel, with an Icelandic-Dutch family. While walking along the coast you see a number of long left farmhouses, a big variety of plants, thousands of Arctic Sterns and a close view of the Northern Gannet, breeding among theBrunnich´s Guillemot, Common Guillemot and other seabirds on the rocks.

Only 20 meters from the Hostel runs the river Lónsá where anglers can try trout fishing. At the hostel guests can enjoy a hot tub which is warm and inviting all year round. It´s a great experience to watch the starry sky from the hot tub during the winter, and even better when the northern lights are out and about. Guests have the opportunity to join and take part in the work on the farm.
 
In spring 2010 we opened a new wing which consists of 9 studio apartments for 2 – 4 persons with bathroom and kitchenette, fully equipped with cooking facilities, microwave, toaster etc.
Book our apartments 'Comfort' with made up beds and breakfast included by contacting the hostel by e-mail.

Guests should note that the next grocery shops and restaurants are located 14 km away from the hostel. It is therefore advisable to arrive equipped with food supplies, especially if travelling without a car.


Check out events and special offers on Farm Hostel Ytra Lón´s Facebook Page 

We look forward to giving you a warm welcome!
Facilities
  Discounts and concessions available   Common room(s) Garden
  Family rooms available   Café/Bar   Green Hostel
  Hostel open 24h   Jacuzzi
  Playground
  Sheets for hire   Individual traveller welcome   Rates include local tax
  Self-catering kitchen   Luggage Store   Cycle store at Hostel
  Groups welcome   Non smoking room/area   BBQ
  Credit card accepted
   

 


 

Bed Capacity

 

Beds per room: Beds per room:: 1 Beds per room:: 2 Beds per room:: 3 Beds per room:: 4 Beds per room:: 5 Beds per room:: 6+ Total
beds
Number of rooms: 1 6 2 3 2 1 50
Directions



A more thorough road map can be found here.

Directions

 

Bus:     
Bus transfers from Akureyri to Þórshöfn are available by booking, every day except Saturdays. Note! Bookings have to be made at least 4 hrs in advance, tel. + 354 540 2700. www.straeto.is, Route 79. Guests are picked up from Þórshöfn for a reasonable fee.

Parking:


At hostel
Location:
Ytra Lón is situated at road no. 869, 14 km northeast from Þórshöfn. For those who arrive by ferry in Seyðisfjörður, it's just about 3 hours to get here. Take road 917 over the Hellisheiði and you drive the highest mountain pass of Iceland, really very spectacular.
Airport:
There are flight connections from Akureyri every day (except Saturdays and Sundays). You leave from Reykjavík at 8.30 a.m. change planes in Akureyri and arrive at Þórshöfn airport 11.00 a.m. For further infromation see here. Guests are picked up from the airport for a reasonable fee.

Sea port:

 

Þórshöfn harbour

 

 

Do you want to see the bird rocks on Langanes peninsula, the ruins of Skálar village, explore the Misty Mountain, go all the way to Fontur or be dropped off or a hike somewhere? No problem! At the Hostel we offer a drive-and-go service for our guests. When interested please ask for more information and prices by e-mail ytralon@hostel.is in advance so we can arrange some trips during your stay.

 

Note - New Road!

A new road through Melrakkaslétta was recently opened. The new road makes the journey between Þórshöfn, Raufarhöfn and Kópasker considerably shorter, and offers a pleasant circular route around Melrakkaslétta.

 

Click on the image to get a full size map.

 

Melrakkaslétta kort

Source: ja.is
Attractions

Bird-watching and egg collecting
Langanes is a paradise for birdwatchers and photographers, At several places Langanes provides major breeding ground for the peripatetic arctic tern and at Skoruvíkurbjarg you’ll find one of the best places in Europe to get close to the Northern Gannet and the Brünnich’s Guillemot, breeding on Stóri Karl (Big Man). Here you will also find Puffins.

Every year from around 15th of May to 10th of June Þórshöfn’s egg gathering club heads up to the wild and rocky cliffs on the Langanes peninsula to collect eggs from the colonies of black gulls, a tradition stretching back many years. The collection involves cliff-climbing and abseiling using professional equipment. The local club invites visitors to join in the tours, which include bird-watching guides and cliff-climbing instructions for those who want to try for themselves. For more information contact the hostel by e-mail: ytralon@hostel.is

Nature study and Hiking
Shaped like a goose with a very large head, the foggy Langanes peninsula is one of the loneliest corners of Iceland. Most of the flat or undulating part of Langanes, which is riddled with abandoned farms, is rich in marshland as well as arctic and alpine flora. The moors at the base of Langanes form a tundra plain of lakes, marshes and low hills. It’s pleasant and unchallenging walking country.
Langanes is a veritable outdoor paradise teeming with birdlife, great for nature study and hiking as well as some tangible history. Hikes from Farm Hostel Ytra Lón range from less than 2 hours up to 6 days or more. The difficulty varies, so everyone should find a trail that suits.
Drinking water is plentiful, but there are no facilities beyond Þórshöfn, so carry everything you’ll need. Hikers should allow 4 - 5 days for the return trip from Ytra Lón to Fontur.
Hiking maps of the area are for sale at the reception.

The best base from which to explore the Langanes peninsula is Farm Hostel Ytra Lón. It’s part of a working sheepfarm and the guest rooms and studio apartments provide plenty of comfort in this remote outpost. In summer there are few places that offer such spectacular views of the midnight sun as Langanes.

Farm Hostel Ytra Lón provides fully guided hiking and bird watching tours and transportation. To the coastline, to the mountains and cliffs, to see ruins and abandoned houses, to visit outlying lighthouses or take a walk in the town Þórshöfn, all by your request.

Angling
Our guests can try free trout-fishing in Lake Ytra Lón. Only 20 meters from the hostel runs our little jewel, the river Lónsá, this is a neatly proportioned sea trout and sea char river where two rods are permitted. Above the short estuary, which often yields good catches, is an inner lagoon and then a distance of approximately two kilometers where the river flows through grassy meadows and homesteads. An added advantage is the possibility of choosing the 12 legally restricted angling hours at your own convenience. Fly fishing only in the upper reaches of the river. For more information contact the hostel by e-mail: ytralon@hostel.is

History
A trip to the outlying peninsula is an unforgettable adventure, passing remnants of ancient farms and more recently deserted buildings.
The fog-bound cliffs at the northeastern tip of Langanes have long proved dangerous to passing ships.The Fontur lighthouse at the cape dates from 1910 and there’s a monument to the shipwrecked English sailors who died of hypothermia after ascending the ravine there. It’s now called Engelskagjá (English Gorge). From the western end of Skoruvík the road leads across the peninsula to Skálabjarg, a long and formidable bird cliff on the wild east coast of Langanes. The ruined farm of Skálar, northeast of the cliff, was a prosperous fishing village from 1910-1946. A booklet about Skálar is for sale at the reception.

The tallest peak of mountainous southern Langanes, Gunnólfsvíkurfjall, rises to 719m and the easternmost coasts are charactarized by cliffs up to 130m high. On one of them, Heiðarfjall, called ‘Misty Mountain’, NATO operated a radar station during the cold war from 1957 until 1970.

Border Collies
This dog is well known for being a great sheepdog. When the Border Collie is ready to work, its tail will drop and their hypnotic eyes control livestock of all shapes and sizes. As the premier herding dog in the world, the Border Collie has gathered large flocks from great distances and found lost stock in the worst of weather. That’s why we choose to work with this great dog. In summertime a few sheep stay at home so we have some cattle to train our dogs. You‘re welcome to be our audience when we are training the dogs at the end of the day.

Farmersgolf and Geocaching
Farmersgolf is a variation on the classic golf game but with a difference. “The green” is a vast barnyard, 10 holes determine the route through the landscape. Who finishes the 10 holes in the least amount of hits, is the winner. A ball is hit at the start with a Farmersgolf club in the direction of a hole marked with a flag. The hole is a bucket which has been dug into the ground. Everybody can play Farmersgolf, age nor sports background don’t matter and it can be played individually or as a team.
Geocaching in Langanes shows all interesting places in the peninsula. A multi-cache who involves several locations. There is a hint to find the second cache, and the second cache has a hint to the third, and so on. Find Langanes on www.geocaching.com.

Jacuzzi
Farm Hostel Ytra Lón has a fantastic Jacuzzi where you can relax after a good hike and sightseeing day. What could be cozier? It’s irresistible.

Discounts

Membership
By becoming a member of Hostelling International you will enjoy the best possible prices at our hostels. We have also teamed up with some local companies and arranged some great discounts for HI members. All you have to do is show your card when you pay and the discount is yours. to learn more about how to become a member, see here.

Family discount (not valid for groups)
Children under the age of 5 stay for free. Children aged 5-12 get a 50% discount of bed rate.

Group rate
Groups uptil 21 persons have the possibility of booking two houses, ‘GamliBær’ and ‘Smalaskáli’ private, by doing so kitchen and all facilities are private for the group. For special group rates and further information, please send an e-mail to ytralon@hostel.is.

Apartment perweek
Apartment with bathroom and kitchenette, fully equipped with cooking facilities, bed linen included, or our apartments 'Comfort' with made up beds and breakfast included. For a week we offer special rates. Please send an e-mail to ytralon@hostel.is

Báran Bar/Restaurant
Eyrarvegur 3, Þórshöfn
A restaurant with a great view located by Þórshöfn´s harbour. On the menu you find fish and meat, salat and pastadishes, sandwiches and hamburgers and a variety of pizzas. Báran often plays host to small concerts and events, even a dance.
→ Our guests receive a 10% discount on food.

Guided Tours

Guided Tours

 

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Farm Hostel Ytra Lón provides fully guided hiking and bird watching tours and transportation. To the coastline, to the mountains and cliffs, to see ruins and abandoned houses, to visit outlying lighthouses or take a walk in the town Þórshöfn, all by your request. 

Trip to the birdcliffs and Stóri Karl rock column, one of Iceland's largest gannet colonies, every day: May – August, 8:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. (or another agreed time), on request, reservation required. Included:Fully guided tour and transportation

Langanes - Birdcliffs "Stóri Karl" - Skálar - Fontur

Marvellous Birding Spot – Culture and History – Lighthouse at World´s End

 

Availability: May - August
Departure: Farm Hostel Ytra Lón
Departure time: 8:00 a.m. (or another agreed time)
Tour duration: Approx. 5 hours
Price: 120 € pr. person, minimum 2 persons (or minimum rate)

 

 

ytra lon 1Langanes - Birdcliffs "Stóri Karl" & Skálar

Marvellous Birding Spot – Culture and History

 

Availability: May - August
Departure: Farm Hostel Ytra Lón
Departure time: 3:00 p.m. (or another agreed time)
Tour duration: Approx. 3,5 hours
Price: 96 € pr. person, minimum 2 persons (or minimum rate)

 

Langanes - Birdcliffs - "Stóri Karl"

Marvellous Birding Spot

 

Availability: May - August
Departure: Farm Hostel Ytra Lón
Departure time: 8:00 p.m. (or another agreed time)
Tour duration: Approx. 2,5 hours
Price:72 € pr. person, minimum 2 persons (or minimum rate)

 

 

 

 

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Art Hostel

Outer Space Art Place - Art residency programme

 

Heimatun

 

 

Ytra Lón is situated in the northeastern corner of Iceland on the midst of Langanes peninsula. Virtually void of inhabitants, except for a large bird population in spring and summer. A very isolated place, few steps away from the Arctic Circle the peninsula is an area of outstanding natural beauty. The almost complete absence of urban light pollution offers an unparalleled opportunity to observe the moon and the star filled heavens and the spectacle of the aurora borealis, the northern lights.


The stay at Ytra Lón is an experience in itself, as the proprietors also run a sheep farm on location. You can observe the day-to-day life of Icelandic sheepherders while staying. 


Farm Hostel Ytra Lón is situated 14 km north of Þórshöfn, a fishing village with a population of 400. All major services are provided in Þórshöfn, such as a restaurant, supermarket, a bank, post office, library, gas station, health care center, pharmacy and a wonderful swimming pool.

 

Inside Heimatún

Residencies at Ytra Lón

The residency provides up to five studio apartments, located

in Heimatún, 30 square meters each with bathroom and

kitchenette, fully equipped with cooking facilities, microwave,

toaster etc. Duvets, linen and towels are included. There is some

space in Heimatún where exhibitions can be held.The studio Smalaskáli

is a 1 minute walk from the apartments, divided into three

workspaces with shared kitchen and bathroom. A barn for rough

work can be found on the farmyard.

 

Application guidelines

Applications can be submitted at any time(open call). The recidency is for monthly periods ranging from 1-3 months.

Winter- spring period: January, February, March, April 

Autumn - winter period: September, October, November, December 

Applications will be reviewed and answered within a week via e-mail. We wlcome last minute applications.

If you are interested in a shorter stay please contact us.

 

Required documents

Applicants should include a complete application form, artist statement/project description, resumé or CV and a few examples of works.

Email to: ytralon@hostel.is 

 

Residency fee

Month 550 € for an apartment for one artist.

Month 200 € for a studio space for one artist.

A deposit of one month residency fee is due within one month after acceptance for confirmation the residency. All remaining fees must be paid before your residency. Money wiring fees are to be paid by the sender.

 

Guest fee

Artists are allowed to have guest come and stay with them for a few days for a minimal fee of 20 €/night. The residency coordinator should be informed of all guests before arrival. All guests are provided with bedding and a towel.


The residency fee must be paid upon acceptance or no later than 3 months prior to arrival. The residency will not hold your reservation until you have paid for your stay. For residencies lasting longer than one month the second and third month should be paid at least 2 months prior to arrival.

The residency fee is intended to cover the general cost of running the program. It does not constitute rent and the artist therefore does not obtain the legal status of tenant.

 

Cancellations

50 euro is charged for handling all cancellations. 

If you cancell 3 months before your stay, you receive a complete refund.

Cancellationions between 3 and 2 months before your stay incur a 50% refund.

Cancellations less than 2 months before your residency incur no refund.

For further information contact ytralon@hostel.is 


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