Hotel Lækur



Hotel Lækur

A small and 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 from 1 February to 15 November.  

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Amentities

  • Private bathroom, TV and restaurant on site (Cat.IV)
  • Family rooms 3+
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hot tub
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Meals available
  • Facilities for disabled
  • TV
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Walking / Hiking trails
  • Glacier view

In the area

  • Hekla Volcano
  • Geothermal swimming pool in Hella 14 km
  • Icelandic Saga Centre in Hvolsvöllur 23 km
  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall 45 km
  • Skógafoss Waterfall 72 km
  • Eyjafjallajökull Glacier
  • Þórsmörk
  • Landmannalaugar

Accommodation

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

 
Board

The dining area on the hotel’s ground floor sits up to 40 people. A three-course dinner appetiser, 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.

 
Service and recreation

Lækur offers guided hikes to places such as Mt. Þríhyrningur, one of the most popular hiking routes in the region. The farm has Icelandic farm animals, and guests are welcome to come and meet them. Hiking trails. Football field and a basketball hoop. Rich birdlife 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).

 
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 wilderness and under 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 Eyjafjallajökull (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 on the historical sites of Njál’s Saga, 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 the region 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. At Gunnarsholt is the SCSI visitor centre, Sagnagarður, which has an educational exhibition about Icelanders’ struggle with soil erosion. Open during the summer months.


Hosts: Gunnar and Emelía 

 

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