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Hotel Egilsen

Stykkishólmur, Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Hotel Egilsen is small and intimate ten bedroom boutique hotel in a historic house, located by the harbor in the fishing town of Stykkisholmur on the beautiful Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Owner-run, the atmosphere is warm and welcoming.

At a Glance

  • A small and intimate guest house set in a traditional Icelandic fishing village

  • A great base from which to explore this little-discovered part of Iceland

  • Explore the West Fjords by boat and get the chance to see whales from January to April

  • In winter try and spot the Northern Lights in the pitch-black night skies overlooking the bay

  • Experience home made traditional Icelandic cooking at its best

Adventure, Couples, Fishing, Wildlife

Insider's View

Climb the hill overlooking the harbor for stunning views across the bay. In winter it is also a great place from which to try and spot the Northern Lights - just remember to take a torch with you as the path is very dark!

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Set in the small fishing town of Stykkisholmur, Hotel Egilsen is steeped in the history and legend for which this part of Iceland is famous. With only ten guest rooms the hotel is small and intimate, with a simple yet stylish design, excellent food and a very warm welcome.

The hotel's owner, Greta, oversees most arrangements, from the delicious home cooked daily breakfast to afternoon tea with waffles and home made blueberry jam. She can also provide advice on local tours and activities to help guests make the most of their time in the area. The cosy lounge is the hub of the place, with a comfortable and convivial seating area, small honesty bar and library.

The charming town of Stykkisholmur is home to a number of excellent local restaurants, all within an easy walk of the hotel. The setting of the town itself is a particular draw, with stunning views across the West Fjords and out to sea. The town is still relatively untouched by tourism and provides an intriguing slice of rural Icelandic life.

Snæfellsjökull National Park and glacier is easily reached on a day trip from Hotel Egilsen, while closer to home the naturally occurring geothermal pool, Sundlaug Stykkishólms, is located within a 5-minute drive of the property.


The rooms at Hotel Egilsen are small but well-designed and comfortable. Each room has private bathroom with overhead power shower, an iPad and Coco Mat beds.


Breakfast is served daily and is a real treat, with home made dishes and fresh organic eggs from local farmers. A light lunch of home made soup and sandwiches is also available daily. The hotel does not serve dinner but there are a number of excellent local restaurants within a few minutes' walk.


The hotel makes an excellent base from which to explore this beautiful and little-discovered area of Iceland. In summer take a boat ride around the bay and explore the West Fjords and numerous tiny islands dotted along the coast. From January to April whale-watching is also possible. The hotel's village location on the seafront makes it a great place from which to try and spot the Northern Lights during the winter months. In summer horse riding and cycling is available, along with hiking around the Snæfellsjökull glacier. Greta, the hotel's owner, is happy to suggest good walking and cycling routes and can pack a picnic for you.

Location & Directions

Stykkishólmur, Snaefellsnes Peninsula

The hotel is located in the small town of Stykkishólmur on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. The hotel is approximately three hours' drive from the international airport.

When to go

Nordic climate - May, June and July are the driest months of the year. Mid-June to August is high season, but most highland tours don’t operate until July because of snow. At other times, many tourist facilities outside Reykjavík are closed. From September through March, the night is dark enough to see the Aurora Borealis.

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