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The ferry from Europe arrives on Thursdays, so it's near impossible to find a room for Wednesday or Thursday nights in summer without booking far in advance. Early June is also difficult, because of the Á seyði festival. Many arriving passengers move on to Egilsstaðir, which has more choices and is only 26km (16 miles) away. At press time, a new guesthouse in Seyðisfjörður was under construction; check with the tourist information office, which can help book accommodations anywhere in the region.

The friendly, offbeat Hafalden Youth Hostel, Ránargata 9 (tel. 472-1410 or 891-7010; fax 472-1610; www.simnet.is/hafaldan; 7 units, none w/bathroom. 5,600kr/$90/£45 double; 2,400kr/$38/£19 sleeping-bag accommodation in 4-person room; 750kr ($12/£6) sheet rental; MC, V; closed Oct 16-Apr 14) has straightforward bunk-bed rooms, Wi-Fi, and access to a guest kitchen, Internet terminal, and washer/dryer. The common room, with large windows overlooking the fjord, is a perfect spot for writing postcards.

In Mjóifjörður, Brekka (tel. 476-0007; mjoi@simnet.is) offers a few bedrooms, with a guest kitchen, plus two cottages with small private kitchens (6,800kr/$109/£54 double; 5,200kr/$83/£42 sleeping-bag accommodation; 8,000kr/$128/£64 cottage). A basic cafe (11am-5pm daily July 1-Aug 15) serves sandwiches and cakes.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.