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 (perfect for families) with bathrooms and cooking facilities. Two hot-tubs. The guesthouses and cottages have porches with views of landmarks such as Eyjafjallajökull Glacier and Mt. Hekla, 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, salad, homemade bread and one main course. A dining room for up to 60 people, located in the main building, well suited to a range of events, motivational and mystery tours, team-building activities, dances and other celebrations. From the dining room you have a beautiful view over the countryside to the volcano Hekla and three glaciers: Tindfjallajökull, Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull.
Service and recreation
Just next Hestheimar is a horse ranch where guests can get a horse-riding lesson. More information and a telephone number to the stable is available at Hestheimar.
The area offers a number of lovely hiking and cycling trails. The nearest town is Hella (10 km / 6 mi), where you will find a geothermal pool, shops, restaurants and various other services.
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 recommend a late-night dip in the hot tube under the magical display of lights. Our guests can also enjoy free hot drinks while waiting for the Auroras.
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