From volcanoes and glaciers to black beaches, geothermal pools and the Northern Lights, Iceland is one of the world’s wildest, weirdest destinations. A paradise for adventurous travellers.
Good hotels are much harder to come by in East Iceland, so this attractive, family-owned hotel is a good find. It’s located near the large glacial Lake Lagarfljot, and makes a convenient base from which to explore the eastern fjords such as Seydisfjordur and Reydarfjordur.
The design is functional: a trio of single-storey boxes containing four rooms each, all attractively decorated with wooden floors, glass doors and little pebbly patio areas where you can sit out and admire the scenery.
There is a decent restaurant and, rather oddly, a cognac lounge. Owners Astvaldur and Kristin are very friendly and full of information on the surrounding area.
East Iceland generally stays much less busy than the popular areas around Reykjavik, the Golden Circle and the south coast. The hotel stands on its own spacious plot, surrounded by scrub and conifers, with views of the lake and hills.
It’s very secluded – definitely one for guests who value peace and quiet over nightlife. The nearest town is Egilsstadir, about 7km to the northeast.
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