Twelve double / twin rooms in the main building and in a comfortable guesthouse, with en-suite or shared bathrooms. Six cosy summer cottages for two to six people (ideal for families) with bathrooms and cooking facilities. Two hot tubs. The guesthouses and cottages have porches with views to landmarks such as Eyjafjallajökull, and on a clear winter’s evening, guests may be treated to a spectacular show of Northern Lights.
Breakfast is served all year and during summer guests can order dinner in advance; soup, salat, home made bread and one main course. Licensed. A beautiful view over the countryside to the volcano Hekla and three glaciers: Tindfjallajökull, Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull. A dining / conference hall for up to 180 people, located in the same building as the riding hall, well-suited to a range of events, motivational and mystery tours, team-building activities, dances and other celebrations.
Service and recreation
Hestheimar runs a horse ranch and various other horse-related activities, so it’s an ideal place to stay for anyone who wants to get to know the Icelandic horse and learn about its unique characteristics. The horse rental is open all year. There are many good riding trails in the vicinity, and guests can join riding tours ranging from shorter trips (one, two or three hours long), all the way up to day-trips. The farm’s horses suit different kinds of riders, from beginners to experienced alike. Guides will go over all the main points for riders to keep in mind and provide an introduction to the Icelandic horse and horse riding in general.
Hestheimar also offers longer riding tours during the summer that need to be booked in advance. A popular riding course for children runs every summer, and there are weekend riding classes held during winter.
Guests are welcome to get to know the animals on the farm and take part in tending to the horses, for example by helping to groom them. Children can say ‘hello’ to the dog and cat, and during summer there are little lambs, baby goats and calves to greet as well. The hosts emphasise creating a comfortable and homey atmosphere with personal service.
There are enjoyable hiking and cycling trails in the surroundings. The nearest town is Hella (10 km / 6 mi), with a geothermal pool, shops, restaurants and various other services.
Geysir, Gullfoss, Þjórsárdalur and Landmannalaugar
Hestheimar is centrally located in the southern lowlands and is an ideal place to stay for anyone who wants to see the best-known natural treasures and popular attractions in the region. On a day tour, you can comfortably make a trip to the Geysir geothermal area (69 km / 43 mi) and spend some time at Iceland’s most beautiful waterfall, Gullfoss. Þjórsárdalur (63 km / 39 mi) is a beautiful spot close to the foothills of Hekla, where you can find lovely hiking trails and see the reconstruction of the Saga Age farm at Stöng. It is 34 km / 21 mi from Þjórsárdalur to Landmannalaugar.
The Saga Centre, Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss and Vestmannaeyjar
To the east of Hestheimar, the historical trails of Njál’s Saga lead to the charming and beautiful countryside under Eyjafjallajökull glacier. In the village at Hvolsvöllur (24 km / 15 mi) is the Icelandic Saga Centre (Sögusetrið) where you can learn about the world of Icelandic sagas and Norse mythology. It is 48 km / 30 mi to the famous Seljalandsfoss waterfall, and from there it is 27 km / 17 mi to another famous waterfall, Skógafoss. From Landeyjahöfn (56 km / 35 mi) you can take a 35-minute ferry ride to Vestmannaeyjar, or the Westman Islands, a group of islands off the south coast.
Hosts: Sif and Hjörleifur