Location and attractions

Hlidsnes Holiday Homes are situated on the tip of a narrow peninsula with the ocean on one side and an ocean connected pond on the other. The neighbourhood is the tip of a long narrow peninsula called Hlidsnes and is sparsely populated with a total of only six houses. It is a country side setting on the ocean front yet close to all services. There is virtually no traffic except for the few locals (about 8) that live there. Horses graze in the neighbouring fields all around, often with new born ponies.

Hlidsnes is a paradise for birdwatchers and is considered one of the top two places in Iceland to observe birds with regular annual sightings of at least 41 species of which 25 nest in the area. As a birdwatchers paradise, bird watching or just taking a walk in the peaceful surroundings is nice. In the fall and wintertime the starry skies with the constellations and the Aurora Borealis (Northern lights) are always visible on clear nights. Books on birds and the night sky are available for guests to use.

There is a very good swimming pool in the area (5 min. drive or a nice 30 min. walk) with a large slide and heated pools, a sauna, steam bath and gym.

The view from Hlidsnes is panoramic with the Reykjanes peninsula and its mountains to the south-west, south and south-east and continuing east are the mountains on Hellisheiði.

Further to the north there is Vífilfell then Skálafell and then a fantastic view of Mount Esja the “Mountain of Reykjavik” as it is sometimes called and further to the north-west there is Akrafjall.

The location is ideal for exploring the south-west part of Iceland whether in the summer- or wintertime. Several day tours in the area are possible.

One might be a day tour around the Reykjanes peninsula via the villages of Garður, Sandgerði and Hafnir to the tip of the peninsula and from there on to the fishing town of Grindavík. From Grindavík one might want to go to the Blue Lagoon and then continue along the south coast back home via the geothermal area at Krýsuvik.

Another trip could be to the national park at Thingvellir less than one hour away and from there on to the hot springs at Geysir and then Gullfoss waterfall. From there you can take two different routes back.

A day trip to and around the Snæfellsnes peninsula is also worth while as the area is really beautiful with a nice coastal road, mountains and with the glacier Snæfellsjökull at the end. There are several villages on that route such as Hellissandur, Ólafsvík, Grundarfjörður and Stykkishólmur.

A day trip can also be made along the south coast from Hlidsnes via the geothermal area at Krýsuvik and the South-coast road to the villages of Eyrarbakki and Stokkseyri and from there further along the south coast to Vik í Mýrdal and Dyrhólaey. This route has beautiful mountain views of mount Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull and the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss.

Driving in the evening and at night and enjoying the scenery is also possible due to the constant daylight we have from early May to the end of July and the long hours of daylight from early April to the end of August.

The capital Reykjavik is only a 20 minute drive away and can also make for an interesting day with it´s flourishing variety of shops, cafes and restaurants.

There is no public transport in the area of Hlidsnes and the nearest bus stop is a 30 minute walk away.

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