Hotel Lækur

Hotel Lækur

A cosy family-run country hotel on the farm Hróarslækur á Rangárvöllum in the heart of South Iceland. Hotel Lækur is close to the southern edge of the great lava field that was created over the course of millennia by frequent eruptions from Mt. Hekla, which towers in the background. En-suite rooms, a dining area and a lounge area with beautiful views. Good location for sightseeing around the lowlands of South Iceland. 

Open all year.  

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  • Private bathroom
  • Family rooms 3+
  • Wi-Fi
  • Hot tub
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Meals on request
  • TV in rooms
  • Golf course nearby
  • Facilities for disabled
  • Walking / Hiking trails
  • Northern lights service

In the area

  • Hekla volcano
  • Geothermal swimming pool in Hella 14 km
  • Icelandic Saga Centre in Hvolsvöllur 23 km
  • Lava Centre in Hvolsvöllur 23 km
  • Uppspuni Mini Mill & Yarn Shop 32 km
  • Seljalandsfoss waterfall 45 km
  • Landeyjahöfn – Ferry to Vestmannaeyjar 53 km
  • Seecret Lagoon in Flúðir 66 km
  • Skógafoss waterfall 72 km
  • Eyjafjallajökull volcano & glacier
  • Þórsmörk valley
  • Landmannalaugar


21 bright and comfortable single, double / twin and family rooms, all with en-suite bathroom. On the ground floor in the main building there are nine rooms, reception and a dining area and on the second floor there are four rooms and a lounge area with views of Hekla and Tindfjöll mountains. Also rooms in a separate building next to the main house. 

4 cottages with private veranda where you can enjoy the view of the countryside. Each cottage has a bedroom that sleeps two people, a lounge area, bathroom and a loft with twin beds. Sofa bed in the lounge area. Ideal for families. 


The dining area on the hotel’s ground floor sits up to 40 people. A three-course dinner appetizer, main course and dessert is served at 19:30 in summer and at 19:00 during the winter months. There is an emphasis on using local ingredients where possible, including meat, fresh seafood and Icelandic vegetables. Tea and coffee are available throughout the day. Licensed bar.

Service and recreation

The farm has Icelandic farm animals, and guests are welcome to come and meet them. Football field and a basketball hoop. Hiking trails. Lækur offers guided hikes to places such as Mt. Þríhyrningur, one of the most popular hiking routes in the region. Rich bird life along the stream that runs next to the farm, Hróarslækur. An 18-hole golf course, Strandarvöllur, is a 15-minute-drive from the hotel. The nearest village with a good swimming pool, restaurants, shops, and other services, is Hella (14 km / 9 mi) and Hvolsvöllur village is just 23 km from Hotel Lækur (further east).

Northern Lights at your doorstep!

Iceland is one of the best places in the world to see the Northern 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 maximize 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 provide you with the chances of seeing the Northern Lights in the evening, where best to go to view them and how to photograph them. 

Natural treasures in South Iceland

Hotel Lækur is about 10 km / 6 mi from route no 1 (the ‘Ring Road’), in the heart of an expansive region that is home to many of Iceland’s best-known natural treasures and popular tourist stops. On a day-tour from Lækur, you can see Gullfoss and Geysir (90 km / 56 mi), enjoy the natural beauty at the edge of the Icelands interior and at the foothills of Hekla in Þjórsárdalur (84 km / 52 mi), or visit little seaside villages along the coast. To the east are Fljótshlíð (24 km / 15 mi), Seljalandsfoss (45 km / 28 mi), Þórsmörk (55 km / 34 mi – scheduled tours run daily from Hvolsvöllur, 23 km / 14 mi) and Skógafoss, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland, located in the countryside at the foothills of the infamous Eyjafjallajökull glacier (72 km / 45 mi).

The old turf house at Keldur

At Keldur (6 km / 3.7 mi east of Hotel Lækur), the old manor in the region, is an Icelandic turf house and museum under the conservation and care of the National Museum of Iceland. Among the buildings preserved here is an ancient lodge believed to have been originally built in the 13th century, and the oldest building of its kind in Iceland.

In the footsteps of heroes, heroines and sages

Hotel Lækur is located in the region where Njál’s Saga takes place, the most famous of all the Icelandic sagas and widely agreed to be one of the medieval treasures of world literature. At the Saga Centre at Hvolsvöllur (23 km / 14 mi) is a special Njál’s Saga exhibition with audio guides in various languages. The exhibition offers an insight into the world of the literature, mythology, and culture of the Saga Age.

Gunnarsholt - Icelanders’ struggle with soil erosion

The Hróarslækur farm is in an area where Icelanders began their real struggle against the destruction of vegetation caused by sandstorms. A short distance from the hotel is Gunnarsholt (4 km / 2.5 mi) where the revegetation of eroded soils began around 1930, and where the headquarters of the Soil Conservation Service of Iceland (SCSI, Landgræðsla ríkisins) are located today. There is a SCSI visitor center at Gunnarsholt, Sagnagarður, which has an educational exhibition about Icelanders’ struggle with soil erosion. Open during the summer months.

Hosts: Gunnar and Emilía


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