In the main building are standard double/twin rooms with private bathroom and one junior suite. Next to the main building are dbl/twin rooms with private bathroom in bungalows, one of them is a family unit ideal for 4 pers. or 6 if 2 extra beds are used. Basic cooking facilities are in all bungalow rooms.
Also a private three-bedroom house with two double rooms and one double room with an extra sofa bed (fits two children), two bathrooms, a fully-equipped kitchen and a dining room / sitting room, as well as a porch with lovely country views. A good option for a large family or a group travelling together. Minimum stay in this house are three nights.
Hotel Borealis runs a large, welcoming and beautifully decorated restaurant. Breakfast is served at the restaurant, and at dinner, guests can enjoy French / Icelandic fusion, where fresh local ingredients are used whenever possible.
Service and recreation
You can hike in beautiful nature, for example along the riverbanks of river Sog, or along the shores of Lake Úlfljótsvatn. You can also hike up nearby mountain Búrfell (534 m / 1,752 ft.) that’s close to the hotel. The South prides itself on good tourism services and you can try riding tours, white river rafting, glacier tours and highland jeep tours on specially modified vehicles. There’s a nine-hole golf course near Ljósafossvirkjun power plant (2 km / 1.2 mi) that hotel guests can enjoy free of charge. There’s also an 18-hole course at Kiðjaberg in Grímsnes (23 km / 14 mi). The nearest pools are in town Selfoss (19 km / 12 mi) and in Borg í Grímsnesi (23 km / 14 mi). There’s a good restaurant at Hotel Grímsborgir (6.5 km / 4 mi), and a diner and a small shop at Þrastarlundur (12 km / 7.5 mi). Selfoss is the nearest town, where you’ll find supermarkets and various other services (19 km / 12 mi).
Rural tranquillity and natural beauty in summer and winter
Hotel Borealis is in an idyllic location, close to river Sog that runs off lake Þingvallavatn. The land is green and welcoming in summer, and magical in winter dress when the auroras dance along the inky-black sky. Two out of the three hydroelectric power plants along river Sog are close to the hotel, where the oldest one dates back to 1937. By power plant Írafossvirkjun (3 km / 1.8 mi), a road crosses the river. If you continue along that road you’ll travel along the west side of lake Þingvallavatn, which is an exquisite route in summer, ending up in the national park (37 km / 23 mi). For a shorter route to Þingvellir, take the main road north of the hotel and along the lake’s east side (16 km / 10 mi).
Þingvellir National Park
Þingvellir, or Parliament Fields, are one of the most magical and beautiful natural formations in Iceland. Both a reservation and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Þingvellir are sacred to Icelanders, because of both the natural beauty and important history. Iceland’s chieftains formed Alþingi, Iceland’s parliament, in Þingvellir in 930 AD and the parliament members continued to meet there up until 1798. Not least, Iceland was formally declared a republic in Þingvellir on June 17th, 1944. The Visitor’s Centre hosts a multimedia exhibition on the park’s history and geology and is open every day, all year, from 9 – 17. There’s furthermore a souvenir shop and a tourism information point at the centre. Marked hiking trails criss-cross the park, and route maps are available at the centre.
Spas, natural gems and seaside villages
The Laugarvatn Fontana, Spa and Wellness Centre (38 km / 23.5 mi) is ideal if you want to relax in hot tubs and saunas. To reach geothermal area Geysir, where hot spring Strokkur erupts every 10 – 12 minutes, travel 60 km / 37 mi, and a further 10 km / 6 mi will take you to waterfall Gullfoss, one of Europe’s most magnificent waterfalls. Crater Kerið, a rather deep crater with a lake at the bottom, is only a 15-minute-drive from the hotel. For longer day tours from Hotel Borealis, you could drive east along the southern lowlands and stop by gems like waterfalls Seljalandsfoss (90 km / 56 mi) and Skógafoss (117 km / 73 mi). There are also many interesting seaside villages along the southern shore, like Stokkseyri and Eyrarbakki (30 km / 18.5 mi), just waiting to be explored.