Sixteen standard rooms and four suites, two family suites for up to six people and two luxury suites for up to four people. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, and other amenities include TV, free WiFi, hairdryers, bathrobes and slippers. All guests have access to a comfortable lounge area, outdoor hot tub and a sauna.
Hotel Highland has an excellent restaurant, bar and cosy lounge area. The menu features delicious gourmet food made from the freshest and finest local ingredients. Please note that larger groups need to book at least a week in advance, both for lunch and dinner.
Service and recreation
Hotel Highland has meeting and conference facilities for up to 60 people. The hotel is an ideal base to explore Iceland's interior, including Landmannalaugar, Mt. Hekla, Veiðivötn lakes and Sprengisandur highland route. There are many marked hiking trails in the area, some of which are excellent cross-country skiing trails or horse riding trails. The nearest villages with shops and geothermal swimming pools are Flúðir (90 km / 56 mi) and Hella (100 km / 62 mi).
Highland Hotel’s spectacular surroundings are one the last places in Europe where you can find absolute tranquility amidst unspoiled landscapes. Towering over the region is Mt. Hekla, one of the world's most famous volcanoes (and one of Iceland's most active!), an irresistible challenge for climbers and geology enthusiasts.
Just 39 km / 24 mi from Hotel Highland is Landmannalaugar. This unique pearl of the interior, located in a valley between colourful, steep mountains at the high and dark edge of a rhyolite lava field, is the most visited area in the Icelandic Highlands and a must-see for anyone visiting the region. The area is always accessible by Super Jeeps on special tours. Numerous hot and cold springs combine to create a warm brook where people can take a relaxing soak at any time of year.
A visit to Þjórsárdalur (33 km / 20.5 mi from Hrauneyjar Highland Centre) is a memorable day trip at any time of year. The Saga Age Farmhouse, reconstructed in 1974, is a replica of the farm at Stöng that was destroyed by the Mt. Hekla eruption of 1104. A short walk further up the valley leads to Háifoss, the second highest waterfall in Iceland. Gjáin, ‘the gorge’, is a beautiful oasis at the edge of the central highlands and should not be passed by when visiting Þjórsárdalur.
Travel considerations to keep in mind
Hotel Highland is on the route 26 highway (Landvegur), and the roads travelling from Reykjavík (150 km / 93 mi) are all paved. It’s generally easily accessible by road all year round, but guests who plan to stay outside of high season are advised to have a 4WD vehicle. The nearby Hrauneyjar Highland Centre is the last service centre with fuel before crossing the highlands to the north. Scheduled buses stop at Hrauneyjar Highland Centre.
Hosts: Friðrik and Ingi Þór