There are a lot of fine hiking trails in the area around Skálakot, on even ground as well as upwards into the mountains above the farm, with a magnificent view and a lot of fresh air. The low-traffic country road no. 246 is also ideal for jogging.
GEOTHERMAL SWIMMING POOLS
Swimming pools and hot tubs are not a luxury in Iceland, they are everywhere! Since the early medieval times, we have been using the geothermal water for baths, hot tubs and even for washing clothes, although nowadays the rule is to wash properly and stark naked in the shower before entering a public swimming pool. Some foreigners find this embarrassing, but for us, it is just the civilised thing to do. A short drive from Skálakot to the west takes you to the public swimming pool in Hvolsvöllur, to the east the public swimming pool in Vík. At Laugarvatn you’ll find the luxurious Fontana spa and at Flúðir the Secret Lagoon.
With Arcanum Glacier tours you’ll experience the incredible adventure of walking on Sólheimajökull glacier. The walk takes you through a varied landscape, formed by the glacier over thousands of years, through an amazing terrain, over crevasses, sinkholes and ice ridges, where you’ll experience the unique glacier environment.
GLACIER SNOWMOBILE / SNOWCAT
South Iceland is the best place in Iceland for doing a snowmobile tour. Next, to our Manor Hotel, we have two of the best-known glaciers in Iceland. The Eyjafjallajökull glacier and volcano is only about 10 km from our location and it is possible to do a snowmobile tour there and discover the magic of the glacier and in good weather to see the amazing view from the top of the caldera.
The next glacier from Eyjafjallajökull glacier is the Mýrdalsjökull glacier the four largest glacier in Iceland and also a volcano, underneath the ice cab is the volcano Katla with the second largest caldera in Iceland.
Both the Eyjafjallajökull and the Mýrdalsjökull are the perfect place for snowmobiling.
Southcoast Adventure will take you on a super jeep day tour where you will discover the less known area of The Fjallabak Nature Reserve. From the Fljótshlíd valley, the route rises, soon entering the remote wilderness. Waterfalls abound here and the canyon’s stratified lava/ash layer walls are remarkably striking. Beautifully sculpted landscapes, vivid green with moss carpeting, lead through Þverárbotnar. Unabridged, grey, glacial meltwater rivers, from Myrdalsjökull, are crossed before entering Mælifellssandur’s black ash deserts.
SKÓGAR FOLK MUSEUM
The Museum in Skógar was founded in 1949. My a young man that started to collect objects belonging to the old generation he grow up with. The museum has become on to best know museums in Iceland. It is a great place to go if you like to go back in time to discover how people in Iceland was living in the old days. The museum has both great collections of tools from both farming and fishing, embroidery and artwork as well as small boats and old turf houses.