Geirakot



Geirakot

A friendly family-run guesthouse at the Geirakot farm in the lowlands just south of the town of Selfoss in southwest Iceland, just a 10-minute drive from the south coast. Rooms in a separate building where guests share two bathrooms, a kitchen, a spacious living room and a dining room. A convenient location for visiting many of South Iceland’s most famous attractions. Open from 1 February to 31 October. 

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Amentities

  • Shared bathroom (Cat.I)
  • Family rooms 3+
  • Working farm
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Cooking facilities
  • Laundry facilities
  • Playground for children

In the area

  • Geothermal swimming pool in Selfoss 5 km
  • Flói Bird Reserve 8 km
  • Húsið Folk Museum in Eyrarbakki 8 km
  • Icelandic Wonders Museum in Stokkseyri 9 km
  • Kayak tours in Stokkseyri 9 km
  • Horse riding tours 11 km
  • Þingvellir National Park 48 km
  • Geysir hot spring area 65 km

Accommodation

The guesthouse is in a cosy separate building on the farm. There are three twin / double rooms on the top floor, and a two-person room with bunk and a single room on the bottom floor. Guests have shared access to two bathrooms with showers, a fully equipped kitchen, a spacious living room with a TV and a dining area.

 
Board

Breakfast is included. There are good cooking facilities in a shared kitchen. The nearest restaurants and supermarkets are in Selfoss (4 km / 2.5 mi). The hosts recommend the restaurants Rauða Húsið in the village of Eyrarbakki and Fjöruborðið in the village of Stokkseyri. Both villages are on the coast and are about a 10-minute drive from Geirakot.

 
Service and recreation

The guesthouse has a playground for children. A traditional farm runs at Geirakot, and guests are welcome to visit the cowshed and get a taste of daily life on an Icelandic farm. Traditional Icelandic lopi wool sweaters are sold on the premises.

Horse riding tours are on offer in several places in the region, for example at Sólhestar (11 km / 7 mi) and Eldhestar (14 km / 8.5 mi). In Stokkseyri (11 km / 7 mi) you can go kayaking or visit the Icelandic Wonders Museum, which has exhibitions about elves, trolls and the northern lights. Eyrarbakki (9 km / 5.5 mi) has a heritage museum, ‘The House’. River rafting on Hvítá glacial river (56 km / 35 mi). Geothermal Park (Hveragarðurinn) in the greenhouse town of Hveragerði (15 km / 9 mi). Saga Centre at Hvolsvöllur (52 km / 32 mi). Selfoss has a nine-hole golf course as well as a good geothermal swimming pool with a children’s pool, water slide and play equipment (4 km / 2.5 mi). There’s also a nine-hole golf course at Hveragerði, situated in beautiful surroundings dotted with steaming hot springs. The closest town with shops, supermarkets, restaurants and all other general services is Selfoss (4 km / 2.5 mi).

 
Seaside villages, lava beaches and the sound of the waves

Geirakot is near the highway that runs from Selfoss (the most populous town in South Iceland) down to the coast, where the waves of the Atlantic ocean collide with the shore of a beautiful beach, breaking thunderously on the diverse lava formations and rugged skerries. There are two seaside villages, Stokkseyri and Eyrarbakki, both well worth a visit when staying at Geirakot. It is truly awe-inspiring to take a walk down to the shore when the wind ruffles the waves, and to see how powerful nature can be.

 
Geysir, Gullfoss, Þjórsárdalur, Seljalandsfoss and Vestmannaeyjar

All of South Iceland’s best-known natural treasures are easily within reach on day tours from Geirakot. Heading inland to the upper parts of the region, where the famous (or perhaps infamous!) Mt. Hekla volcano looms in the background, are attractions such as the Geysir geothermal area and Gullfoss waterfall. At the foothills of Hekla, at the southern edge of the central highlands, is the enchanting Þjórsárdalur valley, a lovely spot for hiking and other recreational activities. To the east of Geirakot are views of the Eyjafjallajökull ice cap in the distance. On the slopes of the glacier-capped volcano, on the southwestern side, is the renowned Seljalandsfoss waterfall (73 km / 45 mi). Vestmannaeyjar (the Westman Islands) rise from the sea off the coast, and you can get there via daily ferry trips (35 minutes) from Landeyjahöfn (83 km / 52 mi).

 
Natural geothermal pools, Þingvellir National Park, Reykjavík and the Blue Lagoon

On the outskirts of Hveragerði (15 km / 9 mi) is Reykjadalur, a popular hiking area known for its steaming hot springs. Geothermal waters combine with pristine mountains streams to form natural hot pools, an unforgettable spot for a relaxing soak. Þingvellir National Park (48 km / 30 mi) is a stunningly beautiful location, and no one should miss the opportunity to spend some time there. In addition to its spectacular natural beauty, Þingvellir also holds great historical importance, as it was here that Alþingi (or ‘Althing’, Iceland’s parliament) was established in the year 930 and where the Republic of Iceland was formed in 1944.

It is also just 48 km / 30 mi to Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík, and just 90 km / 56 mi to the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa (take route 427, Suðurstrandarvegur).

 
Hosts: María and Ólafur

 

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