As a mom’s day present I invite my mom on a women’ journey to a resort as an alternative of giving her flowers. Final 12 months I invited her to the beautiful 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 Reykjavíok, the place we stay, so it makes for an ideal outing for one night time.
Opening picture: the view from the terrace in entrance of our room
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 manner up north and on my manner 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 manner again, then we had by no means taken the time to cease and take a look at Hraunsnef.
The “turf home” and Mt. Baula within the distance
The “turf home” turned out to be stalls and outhouses, fantastically camouflaged as outdated turf outhouses, which mix so effectively in with nature. You will notice 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 product of turf and rocks.
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, in my view, and right here you can see every kind of animals; cows, horses, sheep, cats, and pigs, and through our go to, I encountered a number of calves and noticed some pretty home geese on a small pond by the resort.
In addition they have bootle-lambs and settlement rooster.
Our pretty room
The rooms are vibrant and wonderful and fantastically embellished. Staying in such a stunning room made our keep a extremely pleasant one. Within the room, we discovered some cozy robes and slippers.
Company even have entry to scorching 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 needed.
However we visited the shelter by the “turf home” the place we a drink by the hearth.
Having a drink by the hearth within the shelter
I invited my mom for dinner within the resort restaurant, which was full of individuals, principally my countrymen. The restaurant is situated in a restored barn.
The homeowners wish to maintain their produce as recent and native as doable 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 just isn’t fish caught within the sea, however trout and char caught within the Borgarfjörður rivers. Eygló, the daughter of the homeowners, is the chef on the restaurant.
The breakfast space
Breakfast was included within the worth of the room and we had a stunning breakfast within the ornamental restaurant on handmade plates. The homeowners of the farm make all of the plates on the restaurant themselves, so every one among them is exclusive.
On the resort store, I discovered some drawings of the elves and the hidden individuals of Iceland, however the homeowners have mapped their houses at Hraunsnef. It’s a widespread perception that we Icelanders share our nation with the elves and the hidden individuals, who stay in rocks and hills round Iceland.
Hraunsnef and the pond
I’ve proven you a lot such elf-spots and informed you elf-stories in lots of my travel-blogs, f.ex.:
The distinct gate at Hraunsnef farm
From what I might collect from the drawings within the resort store, some 6 sorts of elves stay at Hraunsnef. The elves, who stay above the farm at Hraunsnef are seemingly loud and search consideration from the people. The hidden individuals at Hraunsnef usually borrow instruments from the farmers and are in good relations with them 🙂
You’ll discover a really distinguished mountain whereas staying at Hraunsnef. It’s known as Mt. Baula and is within the good cone form. I by no means tire of photographing this stunning mountain whereas passing by it on my manner up north. This quite strange-sounding identify 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 can see 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 would get his/her needs granted 🙂
Grábróok scoria crater
On our manner again to Reykjavíok we visited Grábróok – 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.
Grábróok scoria crater is true by ring-road 1 and a simple hike with good strolling paths takes you to the highest of this small volcano from which you might have a improbable view of the encircling space.
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-Grábróok, the most important of the craters.
Glanni waterfall as seen from the commentary platform
We additionally visited Glanni waterfall within the Norðurá river (not on our manner again, however on our solution to Resort Hraunsnef, simply after visiting the Krauma scorching swimming pools). It’s situated 5-6 km away from the resort.
Glanni is a small (a drop of some 8 metres) however stunning waterfall within the river Norðurá, which is effectively value a go to. Norðurá river is a superb salmon fishing river.
The signal resulting in Glanni waterfall
There may be solely a brief stroll to the waterfall and the round-trip is simply 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 identify Glanni means each a madcap and the shining one. The shining one sounds extra probably at it’s a stunning waterfall when the solar shines upon it because it did throughout our go to.
A brief stroll additional alongside the path will take you to Paradísarlaut, which is because the Icelandic identify signifies a phenomenal pond which reminds us of a small piece of Paradise.
Have a stunning time within the stunning Borgarfjörður 🙂 I might additionally suggest testing the magnificent Silver Circle with all its stunning sights. And if you are testing the Borgarfjörður space, then you possibly can search for the 9 Cairns of the Viking Egill Skallagrímsson from the Saga of Egill.