Hotel Rauðaskriða

Hotel Rauðaskriða

Hotel Rauðaskriða in Þingeyjarsveit County in Northeast Iceland and centrally located in the region, only 28 km (17.5 mi) from whale watching town Húsavík and 50 km (31 mi) from Lake Mývatn. The hotel has 38 good rooms, most of which are en-suite, as well as a separate cottage that sleeps three. A restaurant and bar. Good view. Hot tubs. Various activities. Certified by Vakinn and the Nordic Eco-label, “The Swan”. Open 15 April to 18 October.

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  • Private bathroom
  • Family rooms 3+
  • Cottage
  • Wi-Fi
  • Hot tub
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • TV
  • Meals available
  • Walking / Hiking trails
  • Certified by Vakinn

In the area

  • Bird watching
  • Cycling routes
  • Horse rental 9 km
  • Whale watching from Húsavík 28 km
  • Goðafoss waterfall 24 km
  • Mývatn 50 km
  • Ásbyrgi 89 km (The Northern part of Vatnajökull National Park)


32 good en-suite rooms, one of which sleeps between three and four people. Further five rooms share a bathroom. There’s also a separate cottage that sleeps three and has a bedroom, a bathroom and shower, a sitting room with a TV and a small kitchen. Furnished patio. All rooms have a TV. Free Wi-Fi. Two hot tubs that each can accommodate ten people at a time. Guests have access to laundry facilities.


A bright and welcoming dining room where all meals are served. Guests can also order pre-packed lunches. Bar.

Service and recreation

Guests can borrow mountain bikes for free. Rauðaskriða is close to many beautiful cycling and hiking trails and you can find maps and route descriptions at the hotel and on the hotel website. The hotel is located in great berry-picking country and during season (late summer) guests can go berry picking for free. Waterfowl hunting (geese). Handicraft shop by Goðafoss (24 km / 15 mi). Riding tours from neighbouring farm Garður in Aðaldalur (9 km / 6 mi). Whale watching and sea angling in Húsavík (28 km / 17.5 mi). Birdwatcher’s paradise by Laxá in Aðaldalur and Lake Mývatn. Swimming pools by Laugar in Reykjadalur (29 km / 18 mi) and by Stórutjarnaskóli in Ljósavatnsskarð (25 km / 15.5 mi). The nearest town is Húsavík, where you’ll find shops, a swimming pool and various tourism services.


Hotel Rauðaskriða is certified as a 3 star hotel by Vakinn, the official quality and environmental system within Icelandic tourism. More about Vakinn.
Hotel Rauðaskriða emphasises sustainable and ecological operations in harmony with nature. Certified by the Nordic Eco-label, “the Swan”.

VAKINN certification 3 star hotel      VAKINN Gold class environmental

Hiking, cycling, Goðafoss and Aðaldalur

Hotel Rauðaskriða is just by road no 85, which is the main road between Akureyri and Húsavík from the northern bridge across river Skjálfandafljót. With great views to the west and north, there are many beautiful trails in the hotel grounds and further afield. One of Iceland’s most magical waterfalls, Goðafoss, is located in river Skjálfandafljót, only 24 km (15 mi) south of Rauðaskriða. Valley Aðaldalur is also very close by, where one of Iceland’s most famous salmon rivers, named Laxá í Aðaldal, flows through varied and lovely landscapes on its way to the sea.

Whale watching, Ásbyrgi, Jökulsárgljúfur

Village Húsavík (28 km / 15 mi) is a welcoming town, particularly if you want to experience an unforgettable adventure up close to earth’s largest mammals. With daily whale watching tours around Skjálfandaflói Bay, you can also visit an interesting whale museum once ashore again. 60 km (37 mi) on is Ásbyrgi, a beautiful park where high cliffs surround the beautiful birch forest. Ásbyrgi is the northern-most part of the Vatnajökull National Park, and very close to the spectacular Jökulsárgljúfur canyons.

Nature’s treasures by Lake Mývatn, Dettifoss

Lake Mývatn (50 km / 31 mi) and the surrounding land are almost like a part of another world. Nature has formed the countryside in a memorable way and is even now still creating new vistas for us to marvel at. With great natural beauty in either summer or winter, you can visit places like Dimmuborgir, Hverfjall or Hverarönd by Námafjall, and in summer the lake is a birdwatcher’s paradise. Only 32 km (20 mi) away is one of Europe’s most powerful waterfalls, Dettifoss. At the end of a busy day, relax in the Mývatn Nature Baths before returning to Rauðaskriða.

  Harald and Bergþóra


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