Þinghúsið Hraunbær

Þinghúsið Hraunbær

A guesthouse in a lovely grove by the west banks of river Laxá í Aðaldal, centrally located in one of northeast Iceland’s most attractive regions. The building has been lovingly renovated and all rooms share a bathroom. The tranquil surroundings and the calming sounds of Iceland’s most famous salmon rivers lend this guesthouse a distinct country charm. Hikes and tours are varied and many. Open from 15 may to 5 September. 

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  • Shared bathroom
  • Meals on request
  • Cooking facilities

In the area

  • Grenjaðarstaður, á local heritage museum 8 km
  • Restaurant 15 km
  • Whale watching from Húsavík 25 km
  • Swimming pool, museums, café/restaurants in Húsavík
  • Lake Mývatn/Reykjahlíð 41 km (variety of day trips)
  • Akureyri 75 km


Six bright and neat double / twin rooms that share a bathroom. Guests also have access to a sitting room with a TV, a dining area and kitchen, as well as laundry facilities.


Breakfast is included. Good cooking facilities. Dinner if pre-ordered. The nearest supermarkets are in Húsavík (24 km / 15 mi). There’s a restaurant at Rauðaskriða country hotel (13 km / 8 mi). Diner, open in summer, at Heiðarbær in Reykjahverfi (15 km / 9 mi).

Service and recreation

Hikes. Riding tours: Garður í Aðaldal (4.5 km / 2.5 mi) and Saltvík, just south of town Húsavík (19 km / 12 mi). Birdwatching from the banks of salmon river Laxá. A good district museum at Grenjaðarstaður (8 km / 5 mi). The Whale Museum in Húsavík is also worth a visit. Swimming pools: Laugar í Reykjadal (15 km / 9 mi) and Heiðarbær í Reykjahverfi (13 km / 8 mi). The nearest town is Húsavík, where you can find supermarkets, a pool, a golf course and other services (24 km / 15 mi).

Natural gems, hiking routes, an Icelandic turf house

There’s something to explore in every direction when you stay at Hraunbær and many of Iceland’s most renowned natural attractions are close by. You can also explore various hiking routes and other entertaining and informative activities. Not far from the guesthouse is Grenjaðarstaður, a good district museum housed in a stately Icelandic turf house from the last decade of the 19th century (8 km / 5 mi). At Laugar, a small village in the next valley to the west, you’ll find a good pool, and waterfall Goðafoss is only a 12-km-drive from there (7.5 mi). Goðafoss is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland and should be on every traveller’s to-do list.

Whale watching, Ásbyrgi, Jökulsárgljúfur

Daily whale watching tours depart from town Húsavík (24 km /15 mi), where you can embark on an adventure to search for earth’s largest mammals. There’s also an informative whale museum in town, where you can learn about whales, their way of life and where they live. Drive a further 65 km (40.5 mi) from Húsavík to reach park Ásbyrgi and canyons Jökulsárgljúfur that are within the boundaries of the Vatnajökull National Park. Many marked hiking routes can be found in both these areas that vary in difficulty and include anything between a 30-minute leisurely walk to two-day hiking tours. In summer, tours depart daily from Ásbyrgi to waterfall Dettifoss. Ásbyrgi, located in valley Vesturdalur, is one of the better-known areas of the Jökulsárgljúfur canyon row.

The mystery of Mývatn

Lake Mývatn, along with its nearest surroundings (41 km / 25.5 mi), is one of Iceland’s best-known attractions. It’s a welcoming region, surrounding a lake that has been shaped by nature’s powers over tens of thousands of years – and they’re still going strong. No one should miss Dimmubrogir, Hverfjall, Grjótagjá, Skútustaðagígar, Kálfastrandarland, Lofthellir, Leirhnjúkur, Krafla and Hverarönd by Námafjall. Roads and hiking trails to these attractions are well marked, and there is furthermore an information centre and booking agent in village Reykjahlíð.


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