Wednesday, December 29, 2010

News before the end of 2010

We hope that you´ve been all enjoying this special time and managed to reconnect with your close ones, getting ready to enter a new and exciting year of 2011 filled with explorations and many new discoveries!

Us - at the Center of Improvement, supporting Go local in Iceland initiatives are in the stage of planning for 2011 and would like to share the most important upcoming activities with you:

1, We´ve been assisting with hiking tours preparation for the summer of 2011 that will take place in the embrace of beautiful Alpine like mountains on the Peninsula of Trolls.
We´ll keep you updated about the details on this blog and in the meantime, check out the impressions from the tours of 2010 and also here.
Do send us an email, if you're interested in following up on this event:

2,In the year of 2011, we'll cover Local Travel possibilities according to the topics, so that it's a bit easier to get oriented in our BLOG space. The plan is as follows:

January - local accommodation possibilities

February - local food possibilities

March - local activities options

April - local events, including the Easter festivities events

May - interesting local spots/places to visit in Eyjafjordur

June - July - August: covering on the hottest local travel news during the season and providing the udpates on the topics above

September: what went well during the season and what is is that we want to improve

October: Ideas and plans for the season of 2012

November: local travel options for winter season

December: celebrations and the most important milestones of 2011.

3, We carry on our work on the project we initiated "Recycling at tourist exposed areas in Iceland" and are glad that you're helping us to keep Iceland clean, while you travel.

4, We've been developing simple and affordable booking system for small tourism providers so that it'll be easier for you, Local Travellers, get your service directly without any intermediaries.

Besides all the above, we've been involved in educational projects and if you happen to work with volunteers, we have an interesting training offer available here. Funding is possible, you just need to check your local National Agency, depending on the country you come from.

With the best wishes for 2011, we look forward to hearing from you and welcoming you in Iceland.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Where to stay in Eyjafjordur?

Today, we want to carry on with our accommodation listings, not only off the beaten track in Eyjafjordur, as a built up to a list we started here and help you GO LOCAL in Iceland.

VEGAMÓT is located in Dalvík, half an hour drive from Akureyri and offers wide variety of accommodation possibilities within the village in a very family-like atmosphere, as it´s a family business run by a friendly couple (Heiða and Bjarni).

1, Traditional, so called 'OLD HOUSE' or GAMLI BÆRINN in Icelandic, has a proper soul of old days as it was professionally refurbished to keep its traditional look. It is situated next to the house of its owners and has a very unique connection to Heiða´s (one of the two owners) Greatgrandma. She lived in the house between 1924 and 1947 and you can imagine the feel of this old house from a beginning of the century. When I was invited in, it truly felt as if you went a century back. Maximum of 6 guests can comfortably be put up in the house.

2, Right next to the 'OLD HOUSE' there are 3 wooden cottages with maximum of 4 guests each with kitchen and bathroom facilities available in each house. The whole complex is in a big garden surrounded by trees, basically next to the house of the owners.

3, Guesthouse GIMLI, located by the main road passing through Dalvík, offers accommodation in 7 rooms of various sizes and is well suited for families. Rooms have common kitchen and bathroom facilities.

VEGAMÓT is to be found online also in English here, where you can find more detailed info.
Should you, however, need some further assitance and would have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact me: or the owners directly.

Well, the cheapest option in winter time (valid until April 15th 2011) is 2000 ISK per person per night (sleeping bag option) in one of the wooden cottages, presuming that you're 4 guests together. The whole cottage costs 8000 ISK in winter time.
Staying in the guesthouse GIMLI would cost you 4000 ISK per person per night (sleeping bag accommodation option).
If you gave up on a sleeping bag option and decided to rent beds sheet and covers, it would cost you 1000 ISK extra per person.

On top of all this, good news is that if you´re coming as a group, there´s a possibility of negotiating the price and eventual discounts directly with the owners:, based on your room preferences.

Hope you will enjoy your stay and we're looking forward to your feedback and comments here!