Bus tour expert

Bus tour expert in Iceland


Gunnar Valdimarsson is our travel expert in the area of how to travel with a bus in Iceland, both by doing half day or full day tours close to Reykjavik and how to get around Iceland with bus in general. We can say he is therefore a excellent source for inexpensive travelling within Iceland. He can also help you with getting charter service if you have a small or large group doing trips to Iceland.

How can he help?

He can help you with booking activities in his area of expertise - travelling with bus in Iceland. He is part of a local bus tour company and has gained his expertise from running this company and might suggest trips they are doing but only if it fits with what the travelers needs. So any questions in regard to day tours with bus in South Iceland and your itinerary to the area e.g. which hotel to stay in, what to do, where to go etc is his expertise and he can for sure help you with. He has also extensive experiencing driving in Iceland so feel free to ask him about driving conditions in the winter, weather etc. His local advises are free of charge for the traveler.

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Biking and hiking expert for Hengill Geothermal area

Biking and hiking expert for Hengill


Andres Ulfarsson is our expert for biking and hiking in the great Hengill Geothermal Area, that are famous for its natural hot springs. He has a local family tour company that has for over 25 years obtained extensive experience of Hengill and the area close to Hveragerði. Along with experiences of Hveragerði, Hengill and surrounding, Andres has extensive knowledge of all south Iceland and is happy to help travelers organize their trips in this part of Iceland.

How can he help?

He can help you with booking activities in his area of expertise - outdoor adventures, biking and hiking. He is running his own company and might suggest trips they are doing but only if it fits with what the travelers need. So any questions in regard to South Iceland and your itinerary to the area e.g. which hotel to stay in, what to do, where to go etc is his expertise. His local advises are free of charge for the traveler.

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Arnanes Country Hotel

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Arnanes Country Hotel

Great view of the Vatnajökull glacier and the town from the guestrooms plus a nice horseback riding experience at the hotel.

One of the top-rated Icelandic hotels in Hofn, Arnanes Country Hotel provides a total of 16 rooms for guests who would like to view glaciers right from their accommodations. The windows of most rooms offer a nice spot to capture pictures of the beautiful scenery of white landscapes and outstanding mountains

Iceland northern lights

Our review for Arnanes Country Hotel

The ideal location of Arnanes Country Hotel is not the only thing to like in this hotel; the staff is helpful, attentive and polite to their customers. The staff, as well as the owner, never fails to welcome their guests as if they didn’t leave their home at all, but with the twist of good facilities one would like to experience in a country hotel such as this. The hotel also offers horseback riding and free breakfast and free parking. For budget travellers, the Arnanes Country Hotel offers sleeping bag accommodations located in the hotel basement.

The sight from the rooms and the balcony was remarkable; the glaciers, the Icelandic waters, the mountains and the landscapes were relaxing especially when viewed while drinking a freshly brewed coffee from the onsite restaurant.

According to the customers, the rooms are very comfortable to sleep in, and the private bathrooms are very clean and complete with basic toiletries. The Icelandic breakfast is always made using home-grown vegetables and local farm products, rendering it fresh and delicious.

One of the drawbacks that customers found during their stay in the hotel is the lack of kitchen in all the rooms. Although this is a considerable absence for some guests, most visitors were fine with it because of the short distance of the Arnanes Country Hotel from the best restaurants in Hofn.

Last minute deals

Recent last minute deals

Aurora floating tour to the Secret Lagoon (link)
Availability: 3 seats
Departing: 19:30 - 20:00 11. nov
Discount: 33%
Please send email to: robert@ferdamenn.is if you are interested
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The author Arnaldur Indriðason

The author Arnaldur Indriðason


Arnaldur Indriðason is Iceland’s pride. He is a topping bestseller with his books. Received several awards such as Glass Key award in 2002 and 2003 for the Best Nordic crime award for his series of crime novels, Crime Writer’s Association Gold Dagger award in 2005 for his book “Silence of the Grave” and he won the world’s most lucrative fiction award for his novel “Shadow Channel” in 2013 at the RBA International Prize for Crime Writing. Not only that his book “Mýrin” was acknowledged internationally and was even made into a movie, the “Jar City” which was directed by another Iceland’s pride director Baltasar Kormákur. The film also received several awards such as Crystal Globe and FICC Don Quijote Prize at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2007, Film of the Year at EDDA Awards in 2006, Best Film at The International Film Festival in Valenciennes, France in 2008 and many more. Arnaldur Indridason’s work is indeed an award winning piece both in books and in films. Icelanders are very proud to have him.
Looking back at Arnaldur Indridason’s roots and what he had achieved really symbolizes success in all areas. Arnaldur was born in Reykjavik on January 28, 1961. He is the son of also a notable writer in Iceland, Indriði G. Þorsteinsson. He took his first steps of success working as a journalist for the newspaper Morgunblaðið from 1981-1982 and worked as a freelance writer in the later years. Then in 1996 he graduated from the University of Iceland with a degree in history. He had been a resident film critic at Morgunblaðið from 1986-2001 but as he was doing his day jobs and busy with his studies and graduation he was working with some novels of his own to publish as well. His first novel came out in 1997, “Sons of Dust” and it was the beginning of his success. This has been the first part of his 11 novel series about his protagonist Detective Erlendur. In 2004, his books rated in the top 10 most popular in Reykjavík City Library. Now his books have been published in 26 countries and translated in 21 languages. Internationally, his books are claimed addictive from all the readers and book critics around the globe.
Though Iceland has faced a lot of challenges and ups and downs over the past decades, Arnaldur is a reflection of hard work and success just like Iceland who went from a peasant country to now a very rich and modern society. Arnaldur is a great fan of movies as well. As a kid, through his developmental years and his maturity, he was always at the cinema and he had seen a lot and criticizes a lot. He said it is a very good upbringing for a writer to go to the movies. In films, he had learned what to write and what not to write. For every aspiring writer, Arnaldur’s way of directing himself to being a successful writer is the simplest to follow. He even has some advice for all writers out there and quote; “My method is not to know what’s taking place. The themes of my story I will know, but not who the characters are. The greatest fun when I’m working on the story is to look at what I’m writing and say ‘What? What? Is this what happens?’ And then the reader will enjoy it too. This is my advice: Surprise yourself!”
As an Icelander, Arnaldur is also a rooted local. He had studied and embraced thirteenth-century Icelandic Sagas which for him was one of the core of his novels. The Saga’s point and theme are about revenge, honor, family loyalty and the like. The stories are direct and concise. Arnaldur also writes this way. He also strongly believes that the Icelandic language shouldn’t be overwhelmed by English and it should be preserved. Arnaldur is a true Icelander indeed, he still sees the future of Icelanders being Icelanders and not becoming one of the foreign countries that tried to invade Iceland.