Home in the West
Kast Gistiheimili is the place to stay in the heart of Snæfellsnes peninsula
On a clear day, the entire Snæfellsnes pensinsula can be seen from Reykjavík. Only 100 km away from the capital, the peninsula has some of Iceland’s most impressive sights: caught in time, lava fields, volcanos, rough cliffs and the mystical Snæfellsjökull. To explore all of these and more of what the peninsula has to offer, stay in the heart of Snæfellsnes, at Kast Guesthouse.Welcome to the family
Lydia Fannberg Gunnarsdóttir, the guesthouse manager, started to build it as a summer house for her family on her father’s land at Lýsudalur farm in Staðarsveit. The project kept on growing bigger and bigger, so she decided to open the doors to the public. So in 2011, Kast guesthouse was opened and since then, Lydia and her family have shared the beauty of their land. Lydia’s father can lead you on horseback riding tours which you can book right in the guesthouse lobby.
In the heart of nature
Located at the foot of a mountain, the name of the hotel comes from the green meadow behind, where the mares often go to cast their foals. There is nothing separating you from the nature. If you enjoy fishing, pick one of the small lakes just across the road from the house. Only 2 minutes away, you can have a relaxing bath in the swimming pool at the Lýsuhóll community centre. It is renowned for the nutrient rich mineral water and its effect on the skin.
Camp at the foot of the mountain
They also run a campside in the peaceful shelter of the mountain. It is fully equipped and you can always enjoy a fresh meal in the guesthouse. Breakfast buffet is included for the travellers staying at the guesthouse and for those with a sweet tooth, there are always home baked goods like snuður, ostaslaufa or bananakökur, as Lydia’s brother is a baker!Close to everything you want to see
"There is so much to do in this area", says Lydia. In just 20 minutes you are at the bottom of the Snæfells mountain and only 20 km away lie the fishing villages of Anarstapi and Hellnar with breathtaking cliffs, home
to several bird species like seagulls, fulmars, kittiwakes or the agressive artic terns. Drive 60 km towards the North and you’ll find the picturesque Stykkisholmur. From there you can take several sea tours tailored to diverse tastes: bird watching, sea angling or gourment tours with fresh scallops just caught from the sea.
Kast guesthouse offers 16 double rooms and a restaurant that welcomes up to 50 people. Groups bigger than 10 people get a 15% discount. You can book online or just show up. Ekkert mál!