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Holt Inn

Holt Inn is a family run hotel in the heart of Westfjords, only a 15 minute drive from Isafjordur. The hotel used to be a school but now it has 11 newly renovated rooms with private bathroom. Each room has a view over the beautiful mountains of Önundarfjordur.

Breakfast is served in the old gym room on the ground floor. The old class room serves as a sitting area today where you can relax, watch television or read books. The hotel offers free WiFi and is non smoking.

Holt Inn

Holt

GPS Points N66° 0' 26.694" W23° 26' 21.707"
Telephone

+354 4567611

Opening period All year
Service Open year round Conference facilities Smoking not allowed Walking path Bird watching Hotel / guesthouse Swimming pool Fishing permits Internet access Ski-lift Hot pot Shower Ski walking area Golf course Airport Credit cards accepted
Categories Hotels , Guesthouses

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Westfjords of Iceland

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The sparsely populated Westfjords region is home to more towns and villages than you might imagine – and each has its own unique atmosphere and attractions.
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