Ytra Lón Farm Lodge is a family run farm and guest lodge in Iceland’s wild northeast. We are Mirjam and Sverrir, and we live with our four children on the farm which we have built from the ground up.
Our farm is found on the Langanes Peninsula, a long stretch of land in northeast Iceland which is shaped a bit like a duck’s head! This is a very sparsely populated area of Iceland, you will certainly see more birds and sheep than people. Thanks to our isolation, Ytra Lón is the perfect place to experience unspoiled nature. The night sky, absent of any urban light pollution, can be spectacular when filled with stars and even more so when the Aurora Borealis lights up the sky.
We keep a flock of hardy Icelandic sheep and Border Collie sheepdogs, as well as a few cows and some hens. We also farm, or rather, care for wild eider ducks – a rare practice nowadays. We protect the eiders which nest on our land and their habitat and in return we harvest the soft down feathers from the ducks’ nests when they have finished breeding. The eiderdown is then sold to be used for stuffing the finest quality pillows and duvets, since eiderdown is extremely soft and excellent at retaining heat.
For those who are interested in nature and the outdoors, Ytra Lón is a perfect place to base yourself. Situated on the famous Icelandic “Birding Trail”, the birdlife around Ytra Lón is fantastic, with Gyrfalcons, Brünnich’s Guillemots and the world’s 3rd largest Northern Gannet colony, all found near our lodge. In summer, the land is noisy with the calls of breeding wading birds, many of them looking out for the Arctic Foxes which roam the area. It is exhilarating wildlife in a beautiful setting.
At Ytra Lón we offer a variety of shared or private accommodation and a range of facilities to help you enjoy your time on the Langanes Peninsula. Want to hike up to a NATO Cold War radar station, visit the abandoned villages on the coast, or find out how eider farming is carried out? Please just ask us, we will be more than happy to help you.
Three 2-person rooms and one family room with access to a shared bathroom and kitchen. Nine 2-3 person rooms studio apartments with kitchenette and private bathroom. The rooms are simply furnished, and the studio’s come with a TV.
Licenced bar / café. Breakfast buffet is offered from Mai through August, including homemade items such as smoked trout, lamb pâté and marmalade.The nearest supermarket is in Þórshöfn (14 km / 9 mi). Also in Þórshöfn is Báran, a restaurant with a varied menu.
We have luggage storage and bicycle storage available.
There’s a shared TV lounge area and a patio with garden furniture and a barbecue. Guests have access to a hot tub with massage jets.
At the reception we sell hiking maps of the area an axcellent birding map and booklets detailing the history of Skálar, the abandoned fishing village on the Langanes Peninsula.
Please be aware that the nearest grocery store and restaurant are located 14km away from the Lodge. We advise guests to come fully equipped with food supplies, especially if travelling without a car.
Internet access is provided in the bar / café area.
We are open throughout the year but please call in advance during the winter.
Our reception is open every day from 08:00-10:00 & 16:00-22:00.
Check in time from 16:00. Check out time by 10:00.
If you expect to arrive outside the opening hours, please inform Ytra Lón in advance.
Children under the age of 5 stay for free.
Children aged 5 – 12 have a 50% discount on bed rate.Please note charges will be made in ISK (Icelandic króna) according to the exchange rate on the day that the charge is made
The whole of the Langanes Peninsula is fantastic walking country, with spectacular scenery and routes to match all abilities. A number of hiking trails lead out from Ytra Lón Farm Lodge, some less than 2 hours, others taking 6 days or more. 4-5 days should be given for a hike from Ytra Lón to Fontur at the tip of the peninsula and back. Hiking maps of the area are available from our reception.
We offer a drive-and-go service, please ask where you would like to be dropped off and we can transport you there, and pick you up, for a reasonable fee.
There is much to see along the peninsula. You can tackle 719m tall Gunnólfsvíkurfjall, the area’s highest peak. Another climb is the “Misty Moutain” or Heiðarfjall, where the remains of an old NATO radar station still stand from the Cold War.
A hike to the coast is worth it for the spectacle of the seabirds breeding in the summer. Thousands of birds of many different species coat the cliffs and the world’s 3rd largest colony of Northern Gannet can be found at Stóri Karl.
The abandoned village of Skálar, once a prosperous fishing settlement, is worth exploring too. At the peninsula’s tip stands the Fontur lighthouse, dating back to 1910. It has provided mariners guidance along a perilous area of cliffs, where many ships have wrecked. The Engelskagjá (English Gorge) there commemorates the group of English sailors who died after their ship crashed against the rocks.
Want to explore the Langanes Peninsula and its wildlife? Curious about the bird species and nature of the area? Ytra Lón can provide fully guided hiking, birdwatching and 4×4 transport tours. Visit the coastline, mountains and old lighthouses, discover the culture and history of the area and experience the Stóri Karl seabird colony, holding one of Iceland’s largest Northern Gannet colonies. We provide a series of guided tours every day May-August, for minimum of 2 people. Reservation required.
Tour: Langanes – bird colonies – Stóri Karl – Skálar – Fontur
Birding, culture, history and exploring the lighthouse at “World’s End”.
Departure: 08:30 from Ytra Lón (or any other agreed time)
Tour duration: Approx. 5 hours
Price: 167€ per person, minimum 2 persons
Tour: Langanes – bird colonies – Stóri Karl – Skálar
Birding, culture and history
Departure: 15:00 from Ytra Lón (or any other agreed time)
Tour duration: Approx. 3.5 hours
Price: 117€ per person, minimum 2 persons
Tour: Langanes – bird colonies – Stóri Karl
Excellent birding sites
Departure: 20:00 from Ytra Lón (or any other agreed time)
Tour duration: Approx. 2.5 hours
Price: 84€ per person, minimum 2 person.