Hotel Katla

Hotel Katla

A friendly country hotel, 5 km (3 mi) east of village Vík in Mýrdalur in the southeast of Iceland. The hotel, nestling under the highlands south of Mýrdalsjökull glacier, is close to the Ring Road and overlooks the coast. Many of the region’s more famous natural attractions and geological formations are close by. Beaches, sands, moors, mountains and valleys tempt those who look for serene natural beauty, far from the world’s hum. Open all year. 

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  • Private bathroom, TV and restaurant on site (Cat.IV)
  • Family rooms 3+
  • Wi-Fi
  • Hot tub
  • Sauna
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Meals available
  • Facilities for disabled
  • TV

In the area

  • Mýrdalsjökull Glacier
  • Geothermal swimming pool and golf at Vík 5 km
  • Reynisfjara beach 11 km
  • Cape Hjörleifshöfði 13 km
  • Þakgil Canyon 16 km
  • Cape Dyrhólaey 19 km
  • Sólheimajökull snowmobile tours, guided glacier walks and ice climbing 36 km
  • Skógafoss Waterfall 37 km
  • Skógar folk museum 37 km


72 double / twin rooms, spacious and well equipped with en-suite bathrooms, TV and free Wi-Fi.


Breakfast is included. There is a cosy restaurant at the hotel that sits up to 200 people, as well as a bar. Dinner buffet during the summer season.

Service and recreation

Four hot tubs with geothermal water to relax in. Sauna. Gym. Fishing permits. Many interesting hikes in the vicinity. Riding tours. Glacier tours. Pedal boats by Dyrhólaey. A 9-hole golf course east of village Vík. The nearest pool and supermarket is at Vík (5 km / 3 mi).

Quiet calm, vastness and varied landscapes

The hotel is named after the volcano Katla that slumbers north of glacier Mýrdalsjökull and has marked the region since the settlement. The land between the glacier and the coast’s populated areas is varied; here you will see mountains, ridges, valleys and canyons. There are many great hiking routes through these magnificent and welcoming landscapes. The thoroughfare to the east used to pass through this region, up until 1955. The old road that must be passed in order to reach the hotel is also a good hike that is suitable for all and winds its way through homey valleys and ridges where the views are quite spectacular.

Local natural attractions

Reynisfjara (11 km / 7 mi), west of the mountain that overlooks the village Vík, is one of the region’s more famous attractions. The heavy ocean waves break on black sand beaches, but just above sea level nature has carved cliffs to form columnar basalt and small caves. The Reynisdrangar cliffs tower over the sea’s ever-changing surface. West of Reynisfjara another attraction has its home, namely Dyrhólaey (12 km / 7.5 mi), a cape surrounded by cliffs and an intimidating gate of rock pillars that overlooks the south. Birdlife is unusually varied here and a stroll around the cape, enjoying the sights and sounds, is an experience that will stay with you forever.

Sandbanks, Skógafoss waterfall and a forgotten way of life

The sandy beach by the village Vík is a popular outdoor area, named one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world by National Geographic. A short distance east of Hotel Katla the sand Mýrdalssandur stretches on, where the cape Hjörleifshöfði emerges from the seemingly barren surroundings (13 km / 8 mi). Cross the sands for 68 km (42 mi) to reach village Kirkjubækjarklaustur. Skógar (38 km / 23 mi west on the Ring Road) is home to one of the more famous waterfalls of the country, Skógafoss, as well as a varied and well-curated local museum.

Hosts: Sólveig, Jóhannes and family 


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