Welcome to our friendly

& small guesthouse!

Rjúpa Guesthouse is located at Hróarsstaðir farm in the valley of Fnjóskadalur in the county of Suður-Þingeyjarsýsla in North Iceland. The guesthouse sits on a small hill on the west side of the valley, facing the largest natural birch wood in Iceland, Vaglaskógur. A location like no other, with stunning nature just stones throw away.

Rjúpa is the name of the rock ptarmigan in Icelandic. The rock ptarmigan (lagopus muta) is a medium-sized gamebird in the grouse family and the only ptarmigan in Iceland that lives wild in the nature. The rock ptarmigan feeds primarily on birch and willow buds that can be found in abundance around Rjúpa Guesthouse and as it lives freely on the land the guesthouse was named to honour the bird. It is an old custom to eat a rock ptarmigan at Christmas and in the old days it was poor people´s food. Further information on http://www.birdingtrail.is

The rock ptarmigan


From Akureyri

  • Drive from Akureyri on road 1 towards Húsavík/Mývatn for about 14 km. Go through the tunnel on the right hand side. 
  • After exiting the tunnel take side road no. 833, Illugastaðavegur, on the right.
  • Drive road 833 for about 2 km, on your right hand side you should see signs that mark the sideroad to Rjúpa Guesthouse, Hróarsstaðir.

From Húsavík / Lake Mývatn

  • Drive past lake Ljósavatn
  • After crossing the river Fnjóská, take road 833 on the left
  • Drive road 833 for around 2 km, on your right side you should see signs that mark the sideroad to Rjúpa Guesthouse, Hróarsstaðir 3-400 m long


N 65° 42.603 & 17° 54.089


All within one hour drive from the guesthouse

The nearest golf course is Lundsvöllur (nine holes, par 34, 3 km). The nearest geothermal swimming pools are at Illugastaðir (10 km) and Stórutjarnaskóli (13 km). There are many hiking trails near the Rjúpa Guesthouse, leading both through the wood and also up to a nearby hill called “Vaðlaheiði”.

Rjúpa Guesthouse is perfectly located if you want to experience the natural wonders of North Iceland. Goðafoss (the Waterfall of the heathen Gods of old, 25 km) is nearby, Laufás (an old farmhouse, built in the traditional style of the 18th century, 20 km), town of Akureyri (16 km) and Húsavík (whale watching cruises 65 km) and lake Mývatn (unique birdlife) where Námaskarð, Dimmuborgir (volcanic craters) and Mývatn Nature Baths are (60-70km).

Further information on http://www.nordurland.is and http://diamondcircle.is

Goðafoss waterfall

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