The local guides from Skálanes farm pick us up at the port, and we begin with a tour of Seyðisfjörður. This idyllic village is famous for being one of the most beautiful in Iceland, with is colourful houses and scenic surroundings. The road to Skálanes is a gravel road, but the four-wheel drive bus gets us there easily.
A unique nature and learning experience
Skálanes is a privately owned nature reserve at the mouth of Seyðisfjörður. Dramatic snow-capped mountains, cascading waterfalls, vast sea cliffs, vibrant meadows and secluded sandy beaches are all bounded by the sea, making Skálanes the perfect place for relaxation, learning, contemplation and a different pace of life. Wander a few minutes from the door and you can be staring in awe at sea bird colonies on the cliffs, looking out for seals and porpoises on black sandy beaches, or enjoying the tranquil beauty of wild flower meadows.
Back to nature
The residents at Skálanes are working towards greater self-sufficiency. They are in the early stages of developing a small farm. So far, the farm includes vegetable and herb garden, chickens, ducks, pigs and cows. Beyond their own produce and nature's bounty, they use ingredients as locally as possible and mainly work with raw ingredients to produce wholesome meals for their guests. They bake bread and cakes, brew beer, smoke fish and meat, pick berries and wild herbs and gather honey from hives in the nature reserve. You will have the chance to taste some of these delicacies in the guesthouse.
While at Skálanes, you can explore the area on your own or relax in this beautiful environment.