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Last updated: 13 December, 2022
Expert travel writer: Oliver Berry

This striking hotel sums up so much about Iceland: it’s architecturally bold, effortlessly stylish and situated only a stone’s throw from a geothermal power station.

Perched on stilts, with a projecting, glass-fronted wing that looks out over the landscapes of Thingvellir National Park, it’s the epitome of Icelandic industrial chic. It’s luxury with an edge of austerity, and feels a little bit like staying inside a lunar space station.

Everything here is designed to make the most of the hotel’s setting – through every window there are views of barren lava fields, tufty hills and the nearby Nesjavellir Power Plant.

The hotel’s Silfra restaurant specialises in Icelandic ‘slow food’, with many of the ingredients (including Arctic char) sourced within the local area.

Surrounding area

This is a truly wild spot, with no near neighbours apart from the blinking lights and steaming towers of Nesjavellir Power Plant.

The hotel is perfectly placed for exploring Thingvellir National Park: it’s just south of Thingvallatn Lake, so ideal for combining with a visit to see the Althingi (ancient Icelandic parliament) and a snorkelling adventure in the Silfra Rift.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Thingvellir National Park

Thingvellir National Park, Iceland[16.5 miles]

A wonderous landscape of geological wonders – lakes, lava flows, striking rock formations, and tectonic rifts – only 40km from Reykjavik.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free | 1 night

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Other worthwhile experiences in this destination if you have the time or the interest, closest first

People visiting the Raufarholshellir lava tube tunnel and caves, one of the longest in Iceland.

Raufarholshellir Lava Tunnel

Iceland[20.9 miles]

One of the longest lava tunnels in Iceland – 1360m long, 30m wide and up to 10m high. The ‘Standard’ lava tunnel tour (1 hour) visits the most accessible section of the cave, while the longer ‘Adventure’ tour (3-4 hours) ventures into the deeper sections.

Best for ages: 6+ | £45

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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.

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