20 rooms, 24m2 (260 ft2) with en-suite bathrooms and a kitchenette. Larger flats. Three one-bedroom flats, four two-bedroom flats and four three-bedroom flats. Made-up beds and breakfast included.
Breakfast included and dinner available. The simple menu consists of trout, lamb shanks, soup and pizza. The nearest supermarkets, diners and restaurants are in town Borgarnes (14 km / 9 mi).
Service and recreation
Hotel Sól is in the village Hvanneyri that surrounds the Agricultural University. Anyone interested in farming can visit the Agricultural Museum (open daily, June through August), or visit the Hvanneyri Cowshed (small admission fee). The local church, from 1905, is also worth a visit. Many interesting hiking trails are within easy reach and you can also visit a number of museums in Borgarnes, such as the Settlement Centre and Edduveröld Exhibition on Norse mythology. At Ölvaldsstaðir (12 km / 7.5 mi) you can book riding tours, and there is a good swimming pool in Borgarnes. For golf, head to the 18-hole course Hamarsvöllur just outside the town’s limits. Borgarnes is furthermore the closest town, where you’ll find restaurants, diners, shops, supermarkets and various tourism services.
Local natural wonders
If you want to tour the Borgarfjörður region, you can easily make Hotel Sól your base. The region is renowned for natural beauty and rich history. In valley Norðurárdalur you’ll find Bifröst University (46 km / 28.5 km), in the middle of extraordinary landscapes and where you can hike up to waterfall Glanni in one of Iceland’s most famous salmon rivers. As far as waterfalls go, the Hraunfossar system (70 km / 43.5 km) is also well worth a visit, especially for those en route to Húsafell (72 km / 45 mi), a popular campsite and recreational area. Hikers should be able to find interesting trails with ease and glacier Langjökull is close by, with glacier and caving tours departing daily from the glacier’s foothills.
The route to Snæfellsnes passes through town Borgarnes. Drive 132 km (82 mi) along the peninsula’s southern shore to reach Snæfellsjökull National Park. En route, you can stop by many popular attractions, such as Eldborg in Mýrar, cape Arnarstapi, Hellnar, Lóndrangar and Dritvík before reaching the crown jewel, glacier Snæfellsjökull. The northern shore also has much to offer and you can stop in charming fishing villages like Grundarfjörður and Stykkishólmur (112 km from Hvanneyri / 69.5 mi).
Hvalfjörður, Þingvellir, Geysir, Gullfoss
The next fjord south of Borgarfjörður is Hvalfjörður, a long and deep fjord with beautiful views and numerous hiking options. Hvalfjörður was one of the Allie’s navy and supply bases during WW2, and if you visit the exhibition at the Hlaðir Occupation Centre, you can look at relics and artefacts from that time period. Drive about 100 km from Hvanneyri (62 mi), via Dragháls, Hvalfjörður and Kjós to reach Þingvellir National Park, one of Iceland’s most famous and beautiful sites. Travel a further 56 km (35 mi) to reach Geysir geothermal area and waterfall Gullfoss. Collectively, Þingvellir, Geysir and Gullfoss are known as the Golden Circle.