Borgarnes Bed & Breakfast is located right on the water, in the heart of Borgarnes’ historical center, in one of the oldest houses in Borgarnes. While less than 2 minutes off route 1 (the ring road), you'll feel like you're in your own world, yet still able to walk to restaurants, cafes & the city center. The beautiful location, outdoor space, neighborhood and ambiance combine to create a perfect place for couples, groups and solo adventurers. Our license prohibits guest use of our kitchen.
Borgarnes Bed & Breakfast is established and well-known, and has been offering rooms to rent since 2008. We only recently decided to offer rooms on AirBnB due to feedback from our guests. We have lots of experience as AirBnB guests and hosts, and sincerely believe your experience will be a positive one.
Your room, named Huppa, has a private balcony with its own bench, and stairs down to the garden. The bed is queen-size, and is new in 2016, and all new linens are high-quality cotton damask with down comforters.
Guests have access to three shared bathrooms. One bathroom is right across the hallway from your bedroom door, and two bathrooms are on our lower level, accessible via the stairway also located across the hallway from your bedroom.
In addition to the guest lounge near the lower entrance, guests have access to much more space upstairs. This space includes a large living and dining room, with couches, tables and chairs, overlooking the garden, backyard, and sea. Yes, you can walk to the island during low tide, if you are so inclined. The tide comes in rather quickly, so please pay attention, otherwise you will meet our local rescue squad. :)
Hot water and coffee are in the first room past the kitchen, and there is a small guest refrigerator if you need to keep something cool. There is a microwave in the cabinet above the oven, as well as a coffee maker and water kettle to the left of the sink, should you need them.
Borgarnes Bed & Breakfast is fully approved and licensed by all relevant agencies in Iceland for both accommodation and food preparation. Because we are licensed for food preparation for others, guests are not permitted to use the large refrigerator or freezer in the kitchen, nor prepare any food in the kitchen.
Guests can heat or reheat any cooked food brought home from restaurants, as well as any cooked and pre-packaged food purchased in any of the stores. The microwave and conventional oven are available to heat or reheat these items; however, guests should not use the cooktop for any purpose.
PLEASE: NO UNATTENDED COOKING! We have had a case where a guest overcooked food in the microwave to the point where the food caught fire.
Guests have access to garden areas of the property. There are tables and chairs outside for use. In addition to the main backyard, there is a lower plateau where guests can sit and enjoy the view and sunsets. Guests can also access the walking path from the backyard.
To the left, this path follows the sea towards the Settlement Center Museum and Restaurant, and other sites. To the right, this path leads to the Bjössaróló Playground (stay to the right where the path forks about 30 meters from the B&B), as well as large fields where football (soccer) and other track and fields events are held, and the community pool facility. The pool is of course heated with the geothermal water, there are 3 hot tubs and water slides, indoor and an outdoor pool.
Borgarnes B&B has eight parking spots in our own private parking lot, and plenty of safe additional parking is available on the street, if needed. There is no charge for parking.
Guests can go straight to their room, no formal check-in is needed. When you enter the house through the front door of the house, please remove your shoes here, it is customary in Iceland. You can choose to leave your shoes in this entryway, or carry them to your room. Proceed through the next door inside, which brings you into a round hallway.
Walk straight across this round hallway to the large glass pocket/sliding door; this is your room. For your privacy, there is a tall curtain inside the room. While in the round hallway, note that one of the three bathrooms is immediately to your left (behind where this door opens).
The door immediately to your right leads to a curved stairway to our lower level. You can find two more bathrooms on the lower level. One is immediately beneath the upstairs bathroom, and the other one is down the short hallway to the left.
Both floors of the B&B have their own entrance, and guests can access the other floor internally using our unique curved stairway. The stairway is curved because both the upper and lower levels feature round hallways. The upper level even has a few of the original curved doors.
Your hosts live on the lower level of the B&B in their own apartment. We are available for advice about what to see and do in the area, or if you need anything. Otherwise we stay out of your way and let you enjoy the house.
Guests arriving during the B&B's regular check-in hours of 15:00 to 18:00 (3:00 PM to 6:00 PM) will most likely meet their hosts while checking in other guests, if not, please send us a message once you have logged into the free WiFi, when you have arrived safely and found your room, so we know everything is okay.
Guests may choose to purchase breakfast at Borgarnes Bed & Breakfast. Cash (ISK), Visa, MasterCard/Maestro, as well as most debit cards are accepted. Our breakfast buffet features a selection of breads baked in our own kitchen, smoked salmon, soft and hard cheeses, our unique blend of coffee, and the largest selection of tea in Borgarnes (if not all of Iceland!).
Guests with special dietary needs, such as gluten free, vegetarian or vegan, should let us know as far as possible in advance, so we can do our best to maximize your dining options. Even if you choose not to purchase our breakfast buffet, guests are encouraged to eat and socialize in our large dining room. Coffee and tea are included at no additional cost.
It's hard to miss that a central theme throughout the house is around dairy cows. Hardly surprising, since the B&B's previous owner was a dairy farmer for almost 30 years, and the wife of the current owner was a dairy farmer for nearly 20 years.
The farm, Miðhjáleiga, is located in south Iceland, near the famous Seljalandsfoss waterfall (the one you can walk behind). It was the location used for an internationally-acclaimed ad for the Icelandic beer Boli, and is also known for the very famous and beautiful horse Krít frá Miðhjáleigu.
The farm was once home to hundreds of horses, cattle and sheep, along with a few chickens, dogs and cats. One of the milking cows, Áma, still holds an Icelandic record since 2003 for the largest quantity of milk produced, along the highest fat and protein content.
- As stated elsewhere in our listing, our special AirBnB price does not include breakfast; however, our breakfast buffet is available for purchase on one or all mornings of your stay (price is ISK 1.950 per person, and can be paid using Icelandic kronur, Visa, MasterCard and most debit cards
- Our specific license does not permit guests to use our cook top/stove for any reason; the oven and microwave can be used to reheat food brought in from restaurants, and pre-cooked meals purchased in stores
- There is absolutely NO SMOKING anywhere in or near our house; guests who smoke must go to the street in the front, or the ocean in the rear (PLEASE dispose of all waste appropriately, and do not bring used tobacco products into our home)
- We have a guest fridge located in the area off the kitchen, as our license does not allow guests to share our main refrigerators and freezers, as these are used for storing food we prepare for our guests (there is an ice maker on the counter in the kitchen)
- All guests must be at least 8 years of age on the date(s) of stay
- At least a few stairs are necessary to enter and exit our home; the internal staircase should be used only when not carrying luggage, as it is a bit narrow and curved
- In Iceland it is customary to not wear outdoor shoes indoors, so please leave your shoes by the entry door, or carry them to your room
- Arriving late? No problem! Please be courteous to other guests who might have retired early