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Efsti-Dalur II

In Efstidalur you will get a unique and different experience. Right in the middle of the Golden Circle, you get a glance of the farm life in Iceland. This family farm has opened up for tourists and offers a variety of products straight from the farm, such as the famous ice cream, skyr and feta cheese. The restaurant also offers beef from the farm and other local food.

We welcome you to come and meet our family at work!

Open daily 10:00-21:00

The horse rental is open in the summertime.

Efsti-Dalur II

Efsti-Dalur II

GPS Points N64° 14' 30.533" W20° 32' 57.649"
Fax

486-1086

Accommodation 15 Rooms / 37 Beds
Opening period All year
Service Horse riding Smoking not allowed Hotel / guesthouse Restaurant Internet access Hot pot Tourist farm Credit cards accepted Bar

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