Hotel Svartiskógur

Hotel Svartiskógur

A friendly country hotel with 20 rooms by a small grove in a wooded area in Jökulsárhlíð, Fljótsdalshérað region, Northeast Iceland. All rooms have private bathrooms, of which three are in small cottages. Licenced restaurant. Well suited to groups. Good location for sightseeing in Fljótsdalshérað and the surrounding areas. Open from 15 May to 15 September. 

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  • Private bathroom
  • Family rooms 3+
  • Wi-Fi
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Meals on request

In the area

  • Salmon river
  • Egilsstaðir 30 km
  • Seyðisfjörður 58 km
  • Vopnafjörður 61 km
  • Bakkagerði in Borgarfjörður eystri 73 km
  • Kárahnjúkar Hydro power plant
  • Dettifoss 147 km
  • Mývatn 158 km


17 double/twin en-suite rooms. Further 11 rooms in the same building as the restaurant, five rooms in a separate building and one room in a small 15-m2 (161 ft2) cottage with a veranda. One en-suite room sleeping three on the upper floor (42 m2 /452 ft2) of a building adjacent to the main building, a small kitchen with a coffee machine and a fridge. Two rooms sleeping three in 36 m2 (387 ft2) cottages with fully equipped bathrooms and small kitchen areas. Free Wi-Fi in all the rooms and common area. Camping and caravan area nearby.


Licensed restaurant serves breakfast and offers evening meals.

Service and recreation

Hiking trails. Day trips around Fljótsdalshérað region, fjords Borgarfjörður eystri and Vopnafjörður. The nearest town is Egilsstaðir (30 km / 19 mi) where you'll find a swimming pool, a golf course, shops and general services. Scheduled flight services between Egilsstaðir and Reykjavík. The ferry harbour in Seyðisfjörður is 58 km / 30 mi away.

A peaceful countryside and the beauty of summer

Hotel Svartiskógur is in an attractive and peaceful rural area under the south-facing slopes of the mountains between Vopnafjörður and Fljótsdalshérað region, the vastest continuous lowland area of East Iceland. The hotel offers panoramic views to the south and the unique Dyrfjöll mountains. An ideal base for those who intend to take day trips around the Fljótsdalshérað region and fjords Borgarfjörður eystri, Seyðisfjörður and Reyðarfjörður.

Fljótsdalshérað – Borgarfjörður eystri

The Fljótsdalshérað region is amongst the most beautiful places in Iceland, with diverse landscapes and temperate weather conditions in south and southwesterly winds. Amongst places of interest are forest Hallormsstaðaskógur, waterfall Hengifoss and the Skriðuklaustur Centre of Culture and History in Fljótsdalur valley. From Fljótsdalur the road goes all the way to the dam by hydroelectric power plant Kárahnjúkar. The distance from Hotel Svartiskógur to Borgarfjörður eystri, renowned for its natural beauty and majestic ring of mountains, is 73 km / 45 mi.


Around 25 km /16 mi from Svartiskógur, the road turns into Hellisheiði mountain road which offers the shortest route to Vopnafjörður fjord (60 km / 37 mi). On a bright day, the Hellisheiði road (open in summer, gravel road reaching 655 m / 2100 ft.), is suitable for all types of vehicles and boasts great views. In Vopnafjörður, there is amongst other things a good artefact museum in a stately 19th century turf house at Burstarfell. One of Iceland's most renowned salmon rivers, Hofsá in Vopnafjörður, runs through the area.

Hosts: Helga and Benedikt


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