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The beautiful Nation Lodge Hraunsnef in West-Iceland and it…


The lovely Country Hotel Hraunsnef in West-Iceland and its beautiful Surroundings

As a mom’s day reward I invite my mom on a ladies’ journey to a resort as a substitute of giving her flowers. Final 12 months I invited her to the stunning family-run farm resort Hraunsnef in Norðurárdalur valley in Borgarfjörður, the place we had a beautiful keep.

Each of us love the attractive Borgarfjörður, which isn’t removed from Reykjavík, the place we reside, so it makes for an ideal outing for one evening.

Opening photograph: the view from the terrace in entrance of our roomHraunsnef hotel turf house

The “turf home” at Hraunsnef

It had been on my agenda to go to Hraunsnef for years and I had ogled it each time we handed it on my approach up north and on my approach again.

Of particular curiosity to me was the turf home behind the resort. However seeing that my husband and I are all the time in a rush when travelling the lengthy distance up north to Akureyri or Mývatn, and drained on our approach again, then we had by no means taken the time to cease and take a look at Hraunsnef.

Hraunsnef hotel turf house and Mt. Baula

The “turf home” and Mt. Baula within the distance

The “turf home” turned out to be stalls and outhouses, fantastically camouflaged as previous turf outhouses, which mix so nicely in with nature. You will note turf outhouses throughout Iceland nearly hidden within the panorama.

Sadly, they’re disappearing little by little as they want fixed upkeep, seeing that they’re fabricated from turf and rocks.

See additionally: A Record of the attractive Icelandic Turf Homes, which I’ve visited on my Travels in Iceland

Calves at Hraunsnef hotel

Calves at Hraunsnef

Hraunsnef resort is a family-run resort, run since 2005 by the couple Jóhann and Brynja and their 3 youngsters.

It’s a really cute resort, for my part, and right here you’ll find all types of animals; cows, horses, sheep, cats, and pigs, and through our go to, I encountered a number of calves and noticed some beautiful home geese on a small pond by the resort.

In addition they have bootle-lambs and settlement rooster.

Regína at Hraunsnef hotel room

Our beautiful room

The rooms are brilliant and beautiful and fantastically adorned. Staying in such a beautiful room made our keep a extremely pleasurable one. Within the room, we discovered some comfortable robes and slippers.

Company even have entry to sizzling pots by the resort and that’s when the robes and slippers turn out to be useful. It was a pity that it rained a lot that we could not keep outdoors as a lot as we wished.

However we visited the shelter by the “turf home” the place we a drink by the fireplace.

The fireplace in the shelter at Hraunsnef hotel

Having a drink by the fireplace within the shelter

I invited my mom for dinner within the resort restaurant, which was full of individuals, principally my countrymen. The restaurant is positioned in a restored barn.

The house owners need to hold their produce as recent and native as potential and both make them themselves or purchase from different farmers within the neighborhood of Hraunsnef. So all of the meals comes from the Borgarfjörður space.

This additionally signifies that the fish on their menu isn’t fish caught within the sea, however trout and char caught within the Borgarfjörður rivers. Eygló, the daughter of the house owners, is the chef on the restaurant.

Hraunsnef hotel breakfast

The breakfast space

Breakfast was included within the value of the room and we had a beautiful breakfast within the ornamental restaurant on handmade plates. The house owners of the farm make all of the plates on the restaurant themselves, so every considered one of them is exclusive.

On the resort store, I discovered some drawings of the elves and the hidden individuals of Iceland, however the house owners have mapped their properties at Hraunsnef. It’s a widespread perception that we Icelanders share our nation with the elves and the hidden individuals, who reside in rocks and hills round Iceland.

Hraunsnef hotel and the pond

Hraunsnef and the pond

I’ve proven you a lot such elf-spots and advised you elf-stories in lots of my travel-blogs, f.ex.:

Bjartmarssteinn within the Westfjords of Iceland – the Market City of the Elves

Mt. Pétursey in South-Iceland and the Elves – Icelandic Folklore

Hraunsnef hotel gate

The distinct gate at Hraunsnef farm

From what I may collect from the drawings within the resort store, some 6 kinds of elves reside at Hraunsnef. The elves, who reside above the farm at Hraunsnef are seemingly loud and search consideration from the people. The hidden individuals at Hraunsnef typically borrow instruments from the farmers and are in good relations with them 🙂

Mt. BaulaMt. Baula in Borgarfjörður West-Iceland

Mt. Baula

You’ll discover a really distinguished mountain whereas staying at Hraunsnef. It’s referred to as Mt. Baula and is within the excellent cone form. I by no means tire of photographing this lovely mountain whereas passing by it on my approach up north. This quite strange-sounding title Baula means a hump, however the Icelandic verb “baula” means mooing.

A legend claims that in the event you climb the mountain on Midsummer’s Eve you’ll find a pond containing a wishing stone. This wishing stone solely floats up from the pond on this special occasion and the one who finds it can get his/her needs granted 🙂

Grábrók craterGrábrók crater in Borgarfjörður

Grábrók scoria crater

On our approach again to Reykjavík we visited Grábrók – Gray pants, a small volcano solely 2 km south of Hraunsnef. This 170 metres excessive volcano created the lava-field Grábrókarhraun some 3,000 years in the past.

Grábrók scoria crater is correct by ring-road 1 and a simple hike with good strolling paths takes you to the highest of this small volcano from which you could have a incredible view of the encircling space.Grábrók crater in Borgarfjörður

On high of the crater trying inside

This space was preserved again in 1962, to guard it from being destroyed, as heaps of fabric from it had been eliminated and used as gravel for roads. The lava discipline is on the Pure Heritage Register. There are some 3 craters right here, however my images are from my hike as much as Stóra-Grábrók, the biggest of the craters.

Glanni waterfallGlanni waterfall in Borgarfjörður

Glanni waterfall as seen from the statement platform

We additionally visited Glanni waterfall within the Norðurá river (not on our approach again, however on our strategy to Lodge Hraunsnef, simply after visiting the Krauma sizzling swimming pools). It’s positioned 5-6 km away from the resort.

Glanni is a small (a drop of some 8 metres) however an exquisite waterfall within the river Norðurá, which is nicely value a go to. Norðurá river is a superb salmon fishing river.

The sign leading to Glanni waterfall

The signal resulting in Glanni waterfall

There may be solely a brief stroll to the waterfall and the round-trip is barely round 500 metres. I’ve heard tales about elves and gnomes by Glanni waterfall, however haven’t been capable of finding them in my compilations of folklore.

The title Glanni means each a madcap and the shining one. The shining one sounds extra seemingly at it’s a lovely waterfall when the solar shines upon it because it did throughout our go to.

Glanni waterfall in BorgarfjörðurGlanni waterfall

A brief stroll additional alongside the path will take you to Paradísarlaut, which is because the Icelandic title signifies an exquisite pond that reminds us of a small piece of Paradise.

Paradísarlaut in Borgarfjörður

Paradísarlaut – is not it fairly?

Hraunsnef is positioned some 110 km away from Reykjavík, Iceland’s capital metropolis.

I might additionally advocate trying out the magnificent Silver Circle with all its lovely sights. And while you’re trying out the Borgarfjörður space, then you’ll be able to search for the 9 Cairns of the Viking Egill Skallagrímsson from the Saga of Egill.

Have a beautiful time within the lovely Borgarfjörður 🙂

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