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Salthús Guesthouse

Guesthouse, Salthús Gallery and Artist Residency in Skagaströnd.

The Salthús which was renovated into a guesthouse in 2017, got its name around 1950. It then housed a fishing plant, where cod was salted and dried for export - hence the Salthouse name. The Salthús is located on Spákonufellshöfði, a landmark cape in Skagaströnd, where you can view spectacular sunsets and Northern lights.

The Salthouse is a two story house, which houses up to 36 people. Each floor has seven spacious bedrooms, all with private bathrooms and a fully equipped communal kitchen. On the first floor there are 4 family rooms with ocean view and garden access, and 3 twin rooms with mountain view, whereof two have disability access. The upper floor has 7 double rooms with either sea view to the south or mountain to the north.

In the halls of the Salthús Guesthouse we run a gallery that exhibits contemporary art from Nes Artist Residency alumni and other international artists.

In Skagaströnd you can enjoy walking, hiking, golf or fishing in lakes or rivers. Sightseeing along the less travelled Arctic Coastal Way, you can find Kálfshamarsvík and its spectacular columnar basalt cliffs, seals and birdlife - a must see in this part of Iceland.

Salthús Guesthouse

Einbúastígur 3

GPS Points N65° 49' 33.987" W20° 19' 18.633"
Telephone

+354 848-6051

Opening period All year
Categories Guesthouses

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Spakonufell

Spákonufell is an impressive and dignified mountain towering above Skagaströnd and is looked upon as a kind of emblem of the village. It is frequented in all seasons by those who want to indulge in a variety of outdoor activities.

In summer, there is a choice of good walking and hiking trails, and many highly valued places of interest. And when winter lays an icy hold on the slopes, the townspeople change over to cross-country skiing - making their way round and, in some cases, up the mountain. Booklets about walks on and around Spákonufell and Spákonufellshöfði have been published in Icelandic, English and German, and these can be obtained in many places within the town itself, as well as in tourist information bureaux all over the north of Iceland. They also contain excellent photographs, detailed maps and other items of interest and information.

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Spakanufellshofdi headland

Spákonufellshöfði headland is popular among those interested in walking and other outdoor recreations, and is a short way from the harbour in Skagaströnd.

Marked footpaths have been laid out and signboards erected telling the visitor about the area's flora and fauna. On a bright, clear summer evening, one can witness the setting of the midnight sun as it dips to touch the horizon in the north. Indeed, the inhabitants of the area make use of the headland all year round and enjoy all that it has to offer.

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There is a good parking area by the river bank and a trusty pedestrian bridge over to the island. Hrútey is an excellent place for outdoor exercise, or just to stop and take a break. There are good footpaths and a clearing with benches and picnic tables.

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Arnes

Árnes is the oldest house in Skagaströnd, and the only one of its kind in the area that was considered possible to preserve. It was renovated by the municipality and opened in 2009. Árnes is a unique example of living conditions in the first part of the 20th century, and is a typical timber dwelling from that period. The house is furnished with items from those bygone days, some from the Skagaströnd Folk Museum, others which have been borrowed and even articles which belonged to the previous owner of the house. Every day, during the summer months, visitors to Árnes can have their fortunes told from cards, tea leaves, coffee cups or have their palms read.

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The Skagaströnd Museum of Prophecies

The Skagaströnd Museum of Prophecies. The exhibition focuses on Þórdís the fortune-teller, the first named inhabitant of Skagaströnd, who lived there in the late 10th century. The exhibition features all kinds of interesting information about prophecies and fortune telling. Visitors can have their fortunes told and their palms read on request. Children can examine Þórdís's gold chest, where various interesting things are hidden.

Open: 11.00-17.00,
Closed Mondays
At other times by arrangement.

tel: 861 5089 / 452 2726

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The availability of food and accommodation and the possibilities at every location for recreation and entertainment make hopping between the villages informative as well as fun.   
In every case, the residents are lively and ready to celebrate.

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