Hotel Eldhestar

Hotel Eldhestar

A country hotel and horse ranch in a tranquil setting in southwest Iceland, near the greenhouse village Hveragerði and just a 30-minute drive from Reykjavík. Rooms with en-suite bathroom, TV and Wi-Fi. A restaurant and hot tubs. Hotel Eldhestar is an eco-friendly hotel with an emphasis on the environment and Icelandic horses. There are a variety of riding tours on offer.

Open all year. 

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  • Private bathroom
  • Wi-Fi
  • Hot tub
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Meals on request
  • TV in rooms
  • Golf course nearby
  • Charging station
  • Facilities for disabled
  • Northern lights service
  • Swan Ecolabel
  • Meeting / Conference room

In the area

  • Hveragerði 2 km
  • Geothermal park in Hveragerði 2 km
  • Húsið Folk Museum in Eyrarbakki 23 km
  • Skálholt historic site 46 km
  • Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths 47 km 
  • Krýsuvík geothermal area 57 km
  • Geysir hot spring area 69 km


Thirty-six twin rooms and a family room. All rooms are bright, spacious and well-equipped with en-suite bathrooms, high-quality beds, TV, Wi-Fi and access to the garden. Large porches and two hot tubs with views over the countryside. Rooms available for guests with physical disabilities. The hotel has good conference facilities for upto 30-40 persons.


The hotel has a restaurant that serves delicious hearty meals with an emphasis on traditional Icelandic cooking and use of local ingredients where possible. Licensed. Spacious dining room, a bar and lounge area with a fireplace.

Service and recreation

Eldhestar offers an excellent selection of horse riding tours with seasoned guides, suitable for all ages and experience levels. Short tours in the vicinity of the hotel, as well as half-day and full-day tours, are all on offer every day of the week, all year round. Combo day tours are also on offer, allowing guests to combine horse riding with coach trips to destinations such as the Blue Lagoon and Gullfoss and Geysir. During summer, there are also longer tours travelling around various places in Iceland, running from several days up to a week.

The area has a variety of hiking trails, and bird enthusiasts will marvel at the rich birdlife. It’s also an ideal place to watch the northern lights in winter. The Geothermal Park in the nearby town of Hveragerði (2 km / 1.24 mi) is fun for the whole family. The charming coastal village of Eyrarbakki (23 km / 14 mi) has a small district museum, ‘The House’, located in an old merchant house. The Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths are located in Laugarvatn (47 km / 29 mi). There are nine-hole golf courses in Hveragerði (3.5 km / 2 mi) and Selfoss (13 km / 8 mi). The nearest towns with good geothermal swimming pools, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and various other tourism services are Hveragerði (2 km / 1.24 mi) and Selfoss (11 km / 7 mi).

Northern Lights at your doorstep!

Iceland is one of the best places in the world to see the Northen Lights. On clear, crisp winter nights in Iceland, you can experience the Aurora dancing magically across the sky. Seeing the Northern Lights would be the cherry on top on top of your winter trip in Iceland. You can maximise your chances of seeing the Northern Lights by staying at a Northern Lights friendly accommodation. Being Northern Lights friendly means they offer some extra services in regards to the Northern Lights. We offer an optional wake-up call if Northern Lights are spotted in the sky. We also recommend a late-night dip in the hot tup for an otherworldly way to enjoy the magical display.

Leading the way in environmental awareness

Hótel Eldhestar has an active environmental policy and was the first hotel in Iceland to receive the Nordic ‘Swan’ Ecolabel. Eldhestar also received the environmental award from the Icelandic Tourist Board in 2011, and the horse rental received the Icelandic Tourist Board’s official quality label ‘VAKINN’ in 2012.

Certified by the Nordic Swan Ecolabel

Natural wonders within reach from Eldhestar

Hotel Eldhestar is close to route no 1 (the ‘Ring Road’), which circumnavigates Iceland. From the hotel you can travel in every direction on sightseeing trips in the southwest, in the expansive lowlands of South Iceland or to the unique world of the Reykjanes peninsula, moulded by volcanic activity and geothermal energy. In the South, you can visit famous natural wonders like the geothermal area at Geysir, Gullfoss waterfall, Þingvellir National Park or Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Must-see places on the Reykjanes peninsula are the world-famous Blue Lagoon (80 km / 50 mi) and the geothermal area in Krýsuvík (57 km / 35 mi).

Hosts: Hróðmar


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