A well-equipped and family-run guesthouse in the region Mýrar in Hornafjörður fjord, by the Ring Road in the southeast of Iceland. The guesthouse is located at a farm in the lowlands, about 8 km (5 mi) from the foothills of Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull. The view over mountains and glaciers is spectacular, and the summer sunset is magical. There are many outdoor activities available, such as short or long hikes, and drives around the region to pay a visit to some of Iceland’s best know attractions.  Open from 1 February to 31 October and during Christmas/New Year. 

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  • Private bathroom
  • Family rooms 3+
  • Working farm
  • Restaurant
  • Meals by request
  • Bar
  • Charging station
  • Facilities for disabled
  • Northern lights service

In the area

  • Marked hiking trails
  • Glacier tours 16 km
  • Vatnajökull National Park 6 km
  • Höfn 30 km
  • Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon 50 km
  • Boat tour on Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon 50 km


33 rooms that are either single, double, triple or family rooms. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms. There is a TV set and a hairdryer in each room. A telephone and free Wi-Fi in the common room. Good wheelchair access.


A bright dining hall that serves home-cooked meals. Locally sourced ingredients are in the forefront, including the popular Glacier ice cream, produced at the farm. Bar. Breakfast and dinner buffets. Additional meals can be pre-ordered. Packed lunches offered if pre-ordered. 

Service and recreation

Laundry facilities. Playground for children. Detailed hike maps and knitwear for sale at the reception. Marked hiking routes. The nearest town is Höfn (30 km / 18.5 mi) where there are supermarkets, a swimming pool, a golf course, museums and various tourism services.

Northern Lights at your doorstep!

The Icelandic countryside is the perfect location to watch the northern lights dance in the sky. The hotel is exposed to a low amount of light pollution so as soon as the sky is clear and the northern lights appear, you will get an enhanced experience of the phenomenon. Hotel Borealis is Northern Lights Friendly and offers a wake-up call during the night in case of sightings. You can also ask the staff about the chances of the lights appearing and savour a nice cup of hot chocolate while waiting for the magical display. You are also welcome to enjoy the show from the warm waters of the open-air hot tub, until midnight.

Hikes and outdoor fun

You won’t have to drive far to enjoy various outdoor activities and hikes through the glacier region’s foothills. The hikes are varied, both in difficulty and duration. The boundary of the national park is only 6 km (3.7 mi) from the farm, along which there are marked hiking trails and information signs. Among the more popular outdoor areas are Haukafell (11 km / 6.8 mi) and Fláajökull (8 km / 5 mi). Hiking maps for these areas and other popular ones are sold at the guesthouse. It is easy to walk down to the shore from the farm.

Glacial adventures and the scent of the bushes

The organised day-tours to Vatnajökull, done in either super-jeeps or snowmobiles, depart 16 km (10 mi) away. There is an interesting glacier exhibition in the town Höfn, in the same house as the tourist information centre. The nearest region north of Hornafjörður is called Lón and is about 50 km (31 mi) away. Lón is a charming region for hikers and nature lovers, whether you seek ocean views, bushy hills or colourful mountains. The Ring Road passes through Lón.


Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon and Skaftafell national park

The world-famous glacial lagoon Jökulsárlón is about 50 km (31 mi) west of Brunnhóll. Drive through the southern foothills of Vatnajökull with grand and glorious mountains on one side and the seemingly deserted shoreline on the other. It is a charming area for all who love landscapes and unexpected views, as well as those who are passionate about hikes and challenging mountain climbs. Boat tours offered at the lagoon. The national park Skaftafell is 100 km (62 mi) west of Brunnhóll, and 50 km (31 mi) west of the glacial lagoon.

Hosts:  Sigurlaug and Jón Kristinn 


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