Where nature is the only distraction
Want to stay at a farm, see the seals, have a close encounter with a red-throated diver and the skua, go horseback riding and learn about Icelandic farm life? Then make sure to visit Húsey HI Hostel, a farm at the end of a long and winding gravel road. A peaceful location between two rivers amidst colonies of birds and seals. The old farmhouse has welcomed travellers for decades, offering modest accommodation, a fully equipped kitchen and communal living rooms.
Expect a limited WiFi connection but plenty of peaceful quality time to enjoy endless days of nature.
• Family rooms available
• Self-catering kitchen
• Common room(s)
GPS: 65.5475541, -14.474532599999975
Húsey is located 55 km from Egilsstaðir and 30 km from road no. 1. You take road no. 925 from road no. 1 (turning near the bridge over Jökulsá á Dal), then turn onto road no. 926. The gravel part of the road is passable by all types of cars all year.
Public transport: No buses run to Húsey. You can get off the bus on road no. 1 and get picked up at the byway to Húsey for a fair fee upon request.
In the area
On the riverbanks around the hostel you can expect to see seals in their natural habitat.
If you are lucky, you might catch a glimpse of the Arctic reindeer that sometimes wander into the area.
In autumn and winter, the area is a great place to see the northern lights.
The folks at Húsey have a horse rental, see further information under Package Deals.
Húsey is a bird colony and the birdlife around the hostel is spectacular. Among the birds you will find there are the Arctic skua, the Arctic tern, the black-tailed godwit, the common redshank, the whimbrel, and the red-necked phalarope.
In and around Húsey there are around 175 species of plants, the national average for an area of this size being around 90.
Seal Watching on Horseback, is a specific guided horse riding tour offered daily at 10.00 hrs and 17.00 hrs. This ride takes you to the best places for watching seals and you will also be able to see many different species of birds and find out quite a lot about the surrounding countryside.
Seal Watching on Horseback from Húsey HI Hostel
Horses are bred at Húsey and riding tours are offered daily from the hostel from May to October. Before each tour begins, guests are given instructions on how to treat the horse and become the horse's friend. The whole group begins the tour together, but is then split up depending on the riders' ability so this tour is ideal for everyone, both for beginners and those who have riding experience.
About twenty different kinds of birds can be spotted along the way, and the tour travels through the nesting area of the birds the Great Skua and the Arctic Skua who can be aggressive, but everyone has a helmet so there's nothing to worry about. We also ride through a soil reclamation area where a lot of thyme grows. At Lagarfljót river, we ride through the sand towards the glacial river Jökulsá á Dal, and the seals can be seen somewhere along the way. In these rivers you can find about 12 - 15% of the country's seal stock.
Everyone is given a certificate at the end of the tour.
Departures: Daily from Húsey HI Hostel from May to mid October at 10:00 and 17:00. Guests need to arrive at least 30 minutes before departure.
Price 2019: 9,000 ISK per person
Included: Tour with guidance, helmets, rain wear and gloves.
Duration: 2 - 2,5 hours
How to book:
This tour can be booked in advance by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Húsey HI Hostel is well suited to serve groups and provides quality, secure and affordable accommodation to all types of groups.
The hostel welcomes groups of up to 12 people from March until November.
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Facilities and Services for Groups
Dorm rooms and private rooms.
Free WiFi is limited.
Self-catering facilities, kitchen and dining area.
No meals can be arranged.