Hotel Gullfoss

Hotel Gullfoss

A country hotel by the banks of river Hvítá in South Iceland’s upcountry. Located close to Iceland’s most famous waterfall, Gullfoss. Well-furnished rooms and dining room with a grand view. The hotel is within walking distance from Gullfoss itself (3 km / 1.8 mi) and geothermal area Geysir is only a short drive away. This hotel suits those who intend to tour the southern region. 

Open from January 3rd to October 30th.  

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  • Private bathroom
  • Wi-Fi
  • Hot tub
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Meals on request
  • TV in rooms
  • Golf course nearby
  • Facilities for disabled
  • Walking / Hiking trails

In the area

  • Gullfoss Waterfall 3 km
  • Geysir hot spring area 8 km
  • River Rafting in Hvítá River 16 km
  • River Jet 27 km
  • Sólheimar Eco Village 28 km
  • Skálholt Cathedral 37 km
  • Þingvellir National Park 55 km
  • Hjálparfoss Waterfall 69 km
  • Mt. Hekla


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. A 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 Brattholt, 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 pass 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


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