We here at Skálakot Manor have started offering private fishing in the Rimhúsaáll river nearby our Manor. Írá river is a small river running down the mountain area beneath the Eyjafjallajökull glacier, before running through the lowland the river forms the beautiful waterfall Írárfoss.
Few kilometers before Írá river reaches the ocean it runs together with the river Kelduáll, from there they go by the name Rimhúsaáll.
Rimhúsaáll is a small freshwater river running into the sea lake Hótsós before reaching the ocean.
The river normally has a quite good possibility for fishing, you can expect to catch Arctic char, Sea trout or Salmon. We offer private access to the river with two fishing rods as well as other equipment needed for the fishing like fishing flies and waders. Our guide Tor will do his best to show the best places to catch each time. The river is a great place for fishing both for beginners and people used to fishing. The surrounding there is beautiful with great views in good weather as well as a rich birdlife.
Season from May to end of September
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 civilized 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. And if you like to do it the Icelandic way you go the geothermal pool Seljavallalaug. The Seljavallalaug geothermal pool is located about 15 km east of our hotel.
It is only about 30-minute drive from our hotel to the Southernmost glacier in Iceland, the Sólheimajökull glacier, that is a part of the ice cap Mýrdalsjökull. Sólheimajökull and the surrounding there is a beautiful place where you can see how the glacier formes the land. It is possible to walk to the glacier or you can join a glacier walk tour. It is a unique experience to walk on the glacier and see how it is with crevasses, sinkholes and ice ridges.
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 South Iceland. 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.