We would like to make our home more comfortable for the friends who visit us and so that we are able to have many more guests. By renovating the house we can hopefully make a living from our small guesthouse now when the school has been closed following up on where we both lost our jobs as teachers
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Our home becomes a retreat center

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  • Deconstruction
  • Plumming
  • Electricity
  • Carpenting
  • Marketing
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Who are we ?

We are Cornelia and Adalsteinn, an German/Icelandic couple, have been married for 25 years and moved to this valley 15 years ago. Before moving here we were occupied as teachers and during the summer months we loved working and leading a guesthouse in another part of the country.
2001 we bought this farm in the northeast of Iceland with lots of space around. For more than 10 years we have been planting trees in our land and on the land in the hills above.
Since we came here, we worked as teachers at the small local school in Laugar, where our 4 children got their education. Three of them are grownups now and live at other places.

Move away or take on a new challenge !

Last spring a big change for us took place when the local authorities decided to close the school and both of us lost work. In an area like ours there is very little work to get elsewhere, so we had to think hard and make some decision whether we would move away, sell the farm and start somewhere else or take the challenge to start something new for living here in this area.
As we have always loved having guests and spending time with them, making them a nice stay in Iceland and at our home, we decided to change our home into a place, where you could come and enjoy.
Tourism is a growing branch in Iceland and there is a big need for more places for you to stay overnight, especially in our part of the country, between Lake Mývatn and Húsavík.

Welcome to our home !

Our farm is about 70 ha between a small river and hills on the other side, where locals have been planting trees for over 20 years.
During the summer lots of people travel around the country and look for a warm and nice home to stay overnight and get breakfast and even a warm meal in the evening. They also look for hosts who tell them about the surroundings, are able to speak other languages than Icelandic and make them feel welcome.
For many years now we also saw lots of people who are looking for a calm and welcoming place to stay for a longer time. They often need some time away from their daily work and actions to get time to meet their own needs, relax and kind of sort out their lives.
We aim to become that kind of place. Where you can get back to yourself, read, listen and get in touch with your heart.

Bellow is a short video with some pictures of our home Hjalli from 2001-2015 showing it in all seasons from different angles.

Visit the new web page http://cja.is

Wir sind ein deutsch-isländisches Ehepaar, sind seit gut 25 Jahren verheiratet und leben seit 15 Jahren auf dem Hof Hjalli im Reykjadal. Zum Hof Hjalli gehören ca. 70 Hektar Land, das sich dem Flüsschen Reykjadalsá und dem Hjalla-Heideland entlangzieht, wo der Forstverein dieses Bezirks seit über 20 Jahren zur Wiederaufforstung beiträgt.

Bevor wir hierher zogen, waren wir in einem anderen Landesteil als Lehrer beschäftigt und leiteten darüber hinausüber die Sommermonate ein Gästehaus.

2001 erwarben wir diesen Hof und nahmen den Sommer über ebenfalls an der Bepflanzung unsres Landes sowie der Hjalla–Heide teil.

Dazu waren wir beide als Lehrer ander hiesigen Dorfschule angestellt, wo auch unsre 4 Kinder zur Schule gingen. Drei von ihnen sind inzwischen erwachsen und selbständig.

Vor einem Jahr beschloss die Kommunalverwaltung, die Schule des Dorfes zu schliessen und im darauffolgenden Frühjahr stand fest, dass wir beide unsre Arbeit verlieren und nicht an die Nachbarschule übernommen werden würden. Da in unsrem sehr dünn besiedelten Gebiet kaum andere Arbeitsmöglichkeiten gegeben sind, standen wir vor derschwierigen Entscheidung, entweder wegzuziehen, unsren Hof zu verkaufen undanderswo neu anzufangen, oder aber nach einer Möglichkeit zu suchen, mit und auf unsrem Hof eine Einkommensquelle aufzubauen.

Über die Jahre hinweg bekamen wir sehr viel Besuch und der Umgang mit unsren Gästen machte uns viel Freude, ebenso die Herausforderungen, ihren Aufenthalt angenehm zu gestalten. Daher lagder Gedanke nahe, unser Haus das ganze Jahr über für Gäste zu öffnen. DerTourismus zählt zu den stark wachsenden Zweigen der isländischen Wirtschaft undes besteht steigender Bedarf an zusätzlichen Übernachtungsmöglichkeiten, besonders in unsrer Umgebung zwischen Mývatn, Húsavík und Akureyri.

Ein grosser Teil der Gäste, die Island im Sommer besuchen, reist um das Land herum und wählt einfache Übernachtungen mit Frühstück, evt. mit Abendessen. Darüber hinaus suchen vieleden persönlichen Kontakt mit ihren Gastgebern, interessieren sich für Land und Leute und freuen sich über Gespräche mit Einheimischen, sehr gerne auch in ihrer eigenen Sprache.

Mit einer solchen Übernachtungsmöglichkeit möchten wir unseren Gästen das Gefühl vermitteln, ein Stück Zuhause zu erleben, anzukommen in einem fremden Land.

Aber wir möchten gerne mehr sein als lediglich noch ein weiteres Gästehaus. Um uns herum sehen und erleben wir eine rasch wachsende Gruppe von Menschen, die sich nach Ruhe und Frieden sehnt. Menschen, die aus ihrem Alltag heraustreten wollen und eine Zeitlang an einem Ort sein können, wo die Ruhe sie umfängt , wo Gedanken geordnet, neue Kräfte gesammelt und wieder Freude und Mut wachsen können. Unser CJA Gästehaus soll das ganze Jahr über, hauptsächlich aber während der dunkleren Jahreszeiten eine Rückzugsmöglichkeit bieten.

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