21 bright and comfortable single, double / twin and family rooms, all with en-suite bathroom. 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.
4 unit cottages each with their own veranda where you can enjoy the view of the countryside. Each unit 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 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 Emilía