Guesthouse Hvítá

Guesthouse Hvítá

A stately guesthouse in the countryside, in the small hamlet by the Hvítá riverbanks. Centrally located in the Borgarfjörður region in West Iceland, it’s only about a 75-minute-drive from the capital Reykjavík. All rooms share bathrooms. Dining facilities. The building is just a stone’s throw away from glacial river Hvítá, with panoramic views over the region. It’s a good base if you want to tour Borgarfjörður fjord or enjoy various outdoor activities on offer.

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  • Shared bathroom
  • Family rooms 3+
  • Meals on request
  • Golf course nearby


Ten double / twin rooms that share bathrooms. There are eight rooms on the top floor that share two bathrooms (one shower), and the first floor has two bedrooms and one shared bathroom with a shower. The first floor also has a dining room and a bright sunroom. There’s a large porch outside the sunroom.

The ground floor is a 40 fm2 (430 ft2) flat that can accommodate families or groups of up to five people (apartment in category C). The flat has a private entrance and consists of one bedroom, a sleeping area with three beds, cooking facilities and a sitting room. The bathroom is in the hall.


Breakfast is included. Dinner must be pre-booked and is served between 18:30 and 21:00 during the summer season. The guesthouse operates a bar.

Service and recreation

Visit the Troll Garden in Fossatún (7 km / 4.5 mi), a fun play area for young and old. You can try troll golf, troll volleyball, troll hopscotch and much more. Finish your day at Fossatún at the restaurant / café. For riding tours, head to Ölvaldsstaðir, close to town Borgarnes (22 km / 14 mi). Go on a hike, visit the Háafell Goat Centre in Hvítársíða (28 km / 17 mi) or work on your swing at one of two golf courses in the region – the nine-hole course by Nes in Reykholtsdalur, or the 18-hole Hamarsvöllur, close to town Borgarnes. The nearest swimming pool is in village Kleppjárnsreykir (14 km / 9 mi). The nearest town is Borgarnes, where you’ll find shops, supermarkets, restaurants, diners, a swimming pool and tourism services (25 km / 15.5 mi).

Borgarfjörður – the magic of the great outdoors

The Borgarfjörður region, almost right in the middle between capital Reykjavík and the Snæfellsnes peninsula, is a broad and historic region. The landscape is very varied and you can visit beaches, valleys, moors or glaciers. Many well-known attractions are within the region’s boundaries and you can reach most of them with ease if Hvítárbakki is your base. You can also enjoy outdoor activities on top of your nature exploration and go on riding tours, hikes, or bike tours, or try lake fishing, glacier tours or caving. The Snæfellsjökull National Park in west Snæfellsnes is 138 km (80 mi) away.

Deildartunguhver, Hraunfossar, Húsafell, Víðgelmir

Europe’s most voluminous hot spring, Deildartunguhver, is located in valley Reykholtsdalur (16 km / 10 mi), where you can marvel at nature’s power. 35 km away (22 mi) are the famous Hraunfossar waterfalls, which are considered a true natural work of art. A further 8 km (5 mi) on is area Húsafell, which is popular among weekenders and other travellers, where you can go on hikes, go swimming, try golf or relax at the service centre. In summer, tours to Iceland’s largest lava cave, Víðgelmir, depart from farm Fljótstunga (12 km from Húsafell; 7.5 mi). From there, you’ll have a view over glacier Langjökull and if the view peeks your interest, you could book a glacier exploration tour from various operators.

Following in the footsteps of Vikings, poets and chieftains

During and following the settlement, Borgarfjörður was at the centre of many historic events and Sagas. At the Settlement Centre in town Borgarnes, you can visit an exhibition about this period of Iceland’s history and learn about life during the 9th and 10th centuries. You can also visit an exhibition on poet and Viking Egill Skallagrímsson. Reykholt, 20 km away (12.5 mi) was the home of writer and learned man Snorri Sturluson, who is one of Iceland’s most famous authors. He lived at Reykholt during the early 13th century, and there you can visit Snorrastofa, a cultural centre dedicated to his memory. You could also dip your toes into the warm pool Snorralaug, a natural pool named after Snorri, who was killed at Reykholt in 1241.

Hosts: Ólafur & Sigrún 


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