35 double / twin rooms with en-suite bathrooms and TV. Free Wi-Fi. Guests have access to two shared hot tubs.
Spacious dining hall and bar. A grand view to the south over the region. Breakfast buffet. Varied menu where traditional Icelandic cuisine is in the foreground, adapted to suit modern palates. Local ingredients are emphasised as much as possible every season.
Service and recreation
Unique hiking routes along the Hvítá canyons and onwards to Gullfoss. White river rafting on Hvítá (16 km / 10 mi). Speed boating along Hvítá (27 km / 17 mi). Riding tours (5 km / 3 mi). Swimming pool located in Reykholt (25 km / 15.5 mi). Golf courses by Geysir (10 km / 6 mi), in Úthlíð (15 km / 9.5 mi) and by Efra-Sel in village Flúðir (30 km / 18.5 mi). The nearest towns and villages where guests can find shops and other services include Reykholt (25 km / 15.5 mi), Flúðir (30 km / 18.5 mi) and Selfoss (60 km / 37 mi).
Gullfoss – a standing memorial to conservation
Hotel Gullfoss stands on the farmlands of Brautarholt, a farm closely linked to nature conservation in Iceland. During the first half of the 20th century, a woman who almost single-handedly protested and fought against harnessing the waterfall to produce electricity, was finally victorious. Thanks to this idealist, we can enjoy the undeniable beauty of Gullfoss to this day. It takes about 30 minutes to hike to Gullfoss along the canyons of river Hvítá. The drive is 3 km / 1.8 mi. The Gullfoss Tourist Information Centre has grand views over overlooking mountains and highland glaciers. The popular highland road over Kjölur that links the South and the North passes through the area.
Geysers, hikes and the vast stillness
The Geysir geothermal area is one of the most popular attractions in Iceland (10 km / 6 mi), where the world’s most famous geyser can be found – namely, Geysir. Geysir has been quiet for decades, but his brother Strokkur diligently erupts with great power every 10 – 15 minutes. A little further along you will find the Haukadalur forestry, a peaceful area with many marked hiking trails. A small road up to the edge of the highlands winds its way through the forestlands and on a calm day, you can hike up the trail and enjoy the rugged vastness by the edge of the highlands.
Touring the South
Many other interesting attractions can easily be reached within a short space of time, and are ideal for half-day or daylong itineraries. Among interesting attractions are Skálholt (37 km / 23 mi), Iceland’s episcopal seat from 1056 – 1796 and a key player in Iceland’s history; Þingvellir National Park (55 km / 34 mi), renowned for natural beauty, the assembly point for Iceland’s parliament for nearly nine centuries and where the Republic of Iceland was formally founded on June 17th, 1944; and Þjórsárdalur (69 km / 43 mi), a spectacular natural paradise close to the foothills of the active volcano Mt. Hekla, home to the waterfall Hjálp and a restored historical farm that dates back to the settlement.
Hosts: Lára, Njörður og Jón Harrý