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The Old House at Böðvarsholt

Böðvarsholt "The Old House" Country Hostel, is in the middle of everywhere on the south side of Snæfellsnes Peninsula. This is a good place to stay when cruising around Snæfellsnes, located near Snæfellsjökull National park. From our doorstep we have a view over beautiful nature such as glacier, mountains, lava and the ocean.

We offer a small homey hostel with five bedrooms, 2-3 beds each, two shared restrooms w/shower, dining room for 20 people with fully equipped self-catering kitchen and outside BBQ available for our guests. Nearby you can find coffee houses and restaurants. There are also great activities offered in the area for example horse riding, boat trips, glacier tours, a big lava cave and natural pool.

We like to have guests and love to share our knowledge of the area with them to make their visit a great experience in Snæfellsnes.

The Old House at Böðvarsholt

Böðvarsholt í Staðarsveit

GPS Points N64° 50' 42.865" W23° 20' 15.860"
Telephone

+354 435-6699

Accommodation 5 Rooms / 15 Beds
Opening period 01/06 - 31/08
Service Open in the summer

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