A warm welcome all year round

HESTASPORT COTTAGES

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ENJOY THE NORTHERN LIGHTS

About Us

Your home away from home

With magnificent views overlooking the vast plains and distant mountains of the Skagafjörður valley, our seven charming timber cottages are the ideal place to spend your days off all year round. Experience the serenity of Northern Iceland and fill your days with the endless possibilities for adventure that Skagafjörður has to offer.

The cottages range in size from studio-style bungalows (2-4 people) to spacious multi-room retreats. They are nestled together up on the hill only a short walking distance from the centre of Varmahlíð. From the hot tub at the centre of the well-maintained cottage site, you can enjoy the golden light of the midnight sun or watch the northern lights.

In town, you will find all the services you need: tourist information, grocery shop, restaurant, petrol station, swimming pool, and more.

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2 person cottages

Our four studio-style 2-person cottages range from 30 to 36 m² in size. Their warm log house design invites you to relax and enjoy and will make you feel at home instantly. Our natural hot tub is only a few meters away at the centre of the cottage site and at your disposal around the clock.

Features
  • 30 – 36 square meters
  • Sleeps 2 people
  • Double/twin bedroom
  • Possibility to add 1 or 2 extra sleeping places on a sofa bed.
Price Per Night From

18.000 ISK

4 person cottage

Kayak house

Kayakhús cottage suits families, small groups and couples who travel together. Our natural hot tub is only a few meters away at the centre of the cottage site and at your disposal around the clock.

Features
  • 45 square meters
  • Sleeps 4 people
  • A double/twin bedroom and a sleeping loft
  • Extra bed/s on request
Price Per Night From

28.000 ISK

4 person cottage

Kayak house

Kayakhús cottage suits families, small groups and couples who travel together. Our natural hot tub is only a few meters away at the centre of the cottage site and at your disposal around the clock.

Features
  • 45 square meters
  • Sleeps 4 people
  • A double/twin bedroom and a sleeping loft
  • Extra bed/s on request
Price Per Night From

28.000 ISK

6 person cottage

Rafting house

Rafthús cottage suits families, small groups and couples who travel together. Our natural hot tub is only a few meters away at the centre of the cottage site and at your disposal around the clock.

Features
  • 55 square meters
  • Sleeps, 6 people
  • Two twin bedrooms and a sleeping loft
  • Extra bed/s on request
Price Per Night From

36.000 ISK

6 person cottage

Log house

Our Logghús is designed for groups and parties but is also rented out to individual travellers. It measures approx. 80 m² and features two floors. Our natural hot tub is only a few meters away at the centre of the cottage site and at your disposal around the clock.

Features
  • 80 square meters
  • Semi-professional kitchen, table and chairs for 12 persons
  • 2 bathrooms, one of them with shower
  • Sleeping loft with a double/twin room and a 4-bedroom
  • Sleeps 6 persons
  • Extra beds available upon request
Price Per Night From

36.000 ISK

6 person cottage

Log house

Our Logghús is designed for groups and parties but is also rented out to individual travellers. It measures approx. 80 m² and features two floors. Our natural hot tub is only a few meters away at the centre of the cottage site and at your disposal around the clock.

Features
  • 80 square meters
  • Semi-professional kitchen, table and chairs for 12 persons
  • 2 bathrooms, one of them with shower
  • Sleeping loft with a double/twin room and a 4-bedroom
  • Sleeps 6 persons
  • Extra beds available upon request
Price Per Night From

36.000 ISK

3 bedroom apartment

Mánaþúfa apartment

With magnificent views overlooking the vast plains and distant mountains of the Skagafjörður valley, our apartment is the ideal place to spend your days off all year round. From the private hot tub in the garden, you can enjoy the golden light of the midnight sun or watch the northern lights.

Features
  • Modern and homely interior
  • One double bedroom and two single bedrooms
  • Bathroom with shower, washing machine and tumble dryer.
  • Extra bed/s on request
  • Private garden with hot tub
Price Per Night From

25.000 ISK

What our guests say about us

A second wonderful stay at Hestasport

The owner is friendly and helpful, and his dog is adorable! The cottages are cute, clean, comfortable, and in a beautiful setting. A good spot to stay if you want to take day trips to the Highlands, Akureyri, or explore the Tröllaskagi Peninsula. Bonus points for the hot pot! When planning my return trip to Iceland, staying at Hestasport again was #1 on my list. If I could move in, I would.

Perfect stay in a perfect cottage in a perfect location.

Everything! Wish we had booked more nights at the cottages. They were perfect!

Fantastic property quiet, has everything for a short stay and the bonus of the hot tub.

The cottage was as described, extremely clean great position and the hot tub a bonus.

One of our favorite places we stayed in Iceland!

Our cottage was larger than we expected, very clean and it was decorated in a tastefully done country sheep theme. We had a collapsible cooler that we brought with us so we stopped at a nearby grocery store and stocked up and cooked a wonderful meal in our cottage. The hot spring pot was very relaxing after a long day of hiking. We got to meet some of the other guests and we talked about some of the things they had seen and done. You pick up your key at a different location…pay attention to their instructions. It all went smoothly for us. We did a 11 day trip around Iceland and this was one of our top 3 places we stayed!

  • Cleanliness 96% 96%
  • Comfort 96% 96%
  • Facilities 96% 96%
  • Free Wifi 92% 92%
  • Location 93% 93%
Amenities

All Cottages

Include…

Free WiFi

All our cottages have complimentary high-speed Wifi that guests can use for basic browsing.

Free Parking

You will be able to park your car near the cottage without charge.

Bedroom Comforts

The bedrooms feature comfortable bed, duvets and pillows. Bed linens are provided and included.

Hot tub

Guests have access to a shared natural hot tub, located by the cottages.

Fully equipped kitchens

The kitchens in the cottages are fully-equipped with a stove, oven, utensils and kitchen ware.

Private bathrooms

All cottages have a private bathroom with a shower. Towels and handsoaps are provided.

Check-in & Check-out

Check-in is from 15:00 h (3:00 pm). In case you arrive late, we will leave an envelope with your key and directions to your cottage in a wooden box next to our office door.

House Rules

Please be considerate of your neighbours and the environment. Smoking is not allowed in any of the Hestasport Cottages. Please respect this rule.

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel up to 48 hours before the arranged arrival date, no fee will be charged. If cancelled later the first two nights will be charged. In case of no-show, the total price will be charged.

In case weather and road conditions do not permit you to travel to Varmahlíð on the arranged date, please give us a call and we’ll discuss our mutual options.

Activities

Hestasport riding tours

Short riding tours

Our short riding tours in the Skagafjörður area are ideal to get a first impression of the Icelandic horse. Meet this wonderful 5-gaited breed, try out its speciality, the tölt, and be inspired by its well-balanced character, compliance, strength and endurance!

Long riding tours

We offer a variety of long riding tours through highlands, mountains and the outback of Skagafjörður. Our tours are 3-7 riding days long and range from suitable for intermediate riders to physically challenging tours for experienced and fit riders. In addition, we are happy to organise your own, tailor-made tour.

Activities

Hestasport riding tours

Short riding tours

Our short riding tours in the Skagafjörður area are ideal to get a first impression of the Icelandic horse. Meet this wonderful 5-gaited breed, try out its speciality, the tölt, and be inspired by its well-balanced character, compliance, strength and endurance!

Long riding tours

We offer a variety of long riding tours through highlands, mountains and the outback of Skagafjörður. Our tours are 3-7 riding days long and range from suitable for intermediate riders to physically challenging tours for experienced and fit riders. In addition, we are happy to organise your own, tailor-made tour.

Information

Location & Nearby Attractions

Hestasport Cottages are located near Varmahlíð in North Iceland. There is a varied range of activities and beautiful landscapes in the surroundings of Hestasport Cottages.

How to get to there?

Hestasport Cottages are located in Varmahlíð, which is conveniently located by the ring road, road number 1. If you are travelling from Reykjavík, it will take you around 3 and a half hour to drive to Hestasport Cottages. If you are driving from Akureyri it will only take you around an hour on the ring road.

The area

Hestasport Cottages are in Skagafjörður, a fjord that is often referred to as the home of the Icelandic horse. In Skagafjörður you can enjoy both the rich cultural life and lifestyle. The district is an ideal place to enjoy beautiful Icelandic nature, horsemanship and activities for the whole family. You will also find interesting historical sites, museums and exhibits.

Please visit the official site of Skagafjörður to explore all the opportunities the area has to offer.

visitskagafjordur.is

Activities

Hestasport offers a variety of riding tours, both single day tours and multi-day tours. We can also help you plan and book a range of activities that are available in the area. Whitewater rafting down glacial rivers, helicopter skiing on Tröllaskagi mountain range, sailing to the island Drangey, relax in a natural hot spring is just a few activities that the area has to offer.

Restaurants

The restaurant at Hotel Varmahlíð is located one kilometre from Hestasport Cottages and offers a pleasant atmosphere for breakfast or dinner. The restaurant is open daily from 20.May – 15.september.

The petrol station in Varmahlíð store also has a canteen with grab-and-go foods.

Shopping facilities
Shopping for food
Hestasport is located in the remote district of Skagafjörður, one of the most beautiful areas of Iceland.  Shopping facilities in the countryside are a bit limited, therefore we would recommend you to buy your groceries before arriving at Hestasport Cottages.
You can do so at Blönduós if you are arriving from the west, Akureyri if you are arriving from the east or Sauðárkrókur if
you are coming to us from the north. All these towns have a supermarket where you can find everything you need.
Local food from the farms
The valley of Skagafjörður is home to countless farms where you can buy local produce. Why don´t you try some of the best Icelandic lamb with some vegetables from a greenhouse built over a natural hot spring? Just ask us when you check in and we’ll point
you in the right direction!
Local handcraft

Feel like taking a piece of Icelandic culture home with you? The handcraft gallery in the village offers a huge range of traditional Icelandic sweaters, gloves, hats and other unique clothing and decoration items.

All the goods are hand made by the locals of Skagafjörður.
In the village 
You will find a gas station with a small shop in Varmahlíð, located around one kilometre from Hestasport Cottages. It is handy if you suddenly realize that you need some milk, but the selection of goods is limited at best.
Skiing

Hestasport Cottages are located near five excellent skiing areas in Tröllaskagi. It takes from 40 minutes to 2 hours to drive to the areas.

Hestasport Cottages

Hestasport Cottages
Skagafjarđarvegur, Iceland, Iceland
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Still have questions?

Contact us

(354) 453 8383

 

560 Varmahlíð

 

info@riding.is

 

Hestasport Cottages

Varmahlíð, 560 Varmahlíð

+354 453 8383