Skalanes, a unique private nature reserve located on a once-abandoned farmstead, showcases the incredible flora, fauna and ecosystems of the region. The 677 meter (2,224 ft) coastal cliffs are home to more than 40 different species of birds.

This family owned guesthouse is also an experimental nature and heritage field centre within its own 1250 hectare independent nature reserve. So whether you are in Iceland on holiday, or staying with us as part of a study group, the aim is for Skalanes to be a place of learning. It is a place where the Icelandic environment and cultural history can be researched. It can also interpreted at the same time as being a model for sustainable tourism.

Peaceful vacation in Skalanes

The remote yet comfortable accommodation of Skalanes provides the ideal location for exploring the mountains, waterfalls, sea cliffs, meadows and beaches. It offers peace and tranquility for those who are after something different from their vacation.

Skalanes has many facilities to make your stay as comfortable as possible including an ever growing library, lounge with a fireplace, drying room, and family style bathrooms with showers and a bath. The outside seating area has a sauna and a timber deck with a spectacular scenery – perfect for enjoying a glass of wine and the 24 hour day light, or the Northern Lights depending on the season.

Hiking in Skalanes

There is an easy hike to Skalanes from the Austdalsa river parking lot in Seydisfjordur fjord. The hike is 4,5 km long and brings you wonderful views of the Skalanesbjarg bird cliffs.

If you prefer a longer and a more challenging hike, you can start from Skalanes. There you go along the edge of the cliffs to the Skollaskard pass, and further into the valley Afrettadalur. This 8,5 km long hike is steep at times, but the views are spectacular. Just remember to be aware of the weather conditions and stay safe.

Where is Skalanes?

Skalanes is situated in the same fjord as Seydisfjordur town, only 17 km further to the east, at the mouth of the fjord.

GPS: 65.293862 N, -13.706045 W