The local guides from Skalanes farm pick us up at the port, and we start with a tour of the idyllic town of Seyðisfjörður. It is famous for being one of Iceland's most beautiful villages, with colourful houses and scenic surroundings. The road to Skalanes is a gravel road, but the 4X4 bus is taking us there without problems.
A nature and learning experience unlike anything else
Skalanes 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 either staring in awe at the sea bird colonies on the cliffs, looking out for seals and porpoises from the black sandy beaches, or enjoying the tranquility and beauty of the wild flower meadows.
Back to nature
At Skalanes they are working towards greater self-sufficiency and are in the early stages of developing a smallholding. It currently consists of a 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. Then you can explore the area on your own or relax in this beautiful environment.