Hotel Egilsen

Stykkishólmur, Snaefellsnes Peninsula

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

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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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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!

Make yourself comfortable in the lounge on the first floor and reward yourself with some warm, freshly-baked cookies after a day of exploration.

As the hotel doesn’t serve dinner, walk across the road to try amazing Icelandic fish soup at Narfeyrarstofa.

This cute hotel provides a warm welcome and cosy stay. Rooms are comfortable and provide beautiful views across both the town and marina, whilst the location is within walking distance of restaurants and shops.

Be sure to check out the fish restaurant right next door which is famed for its sea food, straight from the harbor which you can see from your table! 

Call us on 858 345 1764 to start planning your vacation to Hotel Egilsen or take a look at our itineraries to Snaefellsnes and western Iceland

Description

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.

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.

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Accommodation

The 10 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.

Facilities

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.

Activities

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.

Experiences

  • Borgarfjordur and into the glacier

    Explore the beautiful west coast of Iceland, discovering its incredible scenery, impressive waterfalls and the breathtaking Langjokull glacier. Venture deep into the glacier itself, walking through fascinating ice caves, for a truly unique experience.

  • Explore the Snaefellsnes Peninsula

    On this tour pass through the traditional fishing villages perched on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula's coast. Visit the unique Shark Museum and stop at Ölkelda where naturally carbonated water springs from the ground.

  • Ferry to Flatey Island

    Charming Flatey sits in a cluster of around forty western islands in Breiðafjördur Bay. A short ferry from Stykkisholmur takes you to this characterful Icelandic village, with opportunities for hiking and an abundance of birdlife.

  • Horse riding in Iceland

    Known for their distinctive trot, Icelandic horses offer a unique horse riding experience. A completely pure breed, introduced to the island during the Viking settlement, these horses are perfect for both beginners and advanced riders alike.

  • Lava tube caving

    Explore the hidden side of Iceland, through the country's largest lava tube, Vidgelmir. Formed by lava draining from a volcano, lava tubes are intriguing caves dating back thousands of years, and make for a fascinating experience.

  • Snowmobiling on Eyjafjallajökull

    Perhaps Iceland's most famous volcano, Eyjafjallajökull makes for a thrilling snowmobile experience. Join your private guide as you ride across the surface of the glacier and take in the incredible views of Iceland's south coast.

  • Whale watching from Snaefellsnes

    The Snæfellsnes Peninsula in the west of Iceland is regarded as one of the best places to observe orca whales in their natural habitat. In the summer, you may spot an array of other whale species too, including minke and humpback whales.

Vacation Ideas

  • Off the Beaten Track Iceland

    Reykjavik & Snaefellsnes Peninsula

    from $9800 pp 6 nights

    • Discover the real Iceland away from the tourist trail
    • Combine the buzz of Reykjavik with the beautiful and dramatic landscape of the Snaefellsnes peninsula
    • The ideal summer itinerary, spend your days hiking or horse riding along the Snaefellsnes peninsula's grassy coastal trails

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.

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Call us on 858 345 1764 to start planning your vacation to Hotel Egilsen or take a look at our itineraries to Snaefellsnes and western Iceland

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