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Last updated: 05 January, 2023
Expert travel writer: Oliver Berry

There’s one compelling reason to stay at this manor house on the south coast – it’s one of the top places to experience Icelandic horse riding.

Located on a working farm, the triple-gabled timber building offers elegant, traditionally furnished rooms, some tucked in under the eaves, others with spoils like clawfoot bath tubs or Nespresso machines.

The views over the surrounding countryside are superb, and there’s a refined restaurant and spa, too.

Various horseback trips are on offer, from 1-hour introductory rides, to half-day trips to Irarfoss, Eyjafjalla and local beaches, and multi-day rides deep into the Icelandic wilds. You can also snowmobile to the famous Eyjafjallajokull volcano (2-3 hours, ideal for beginners), and hike on the Solheimajokull glacier.

Surrounding area

Skalakot is located just off the Ring Road, about 140km along the south coast from Reykjavik, and 190km west of Skaftafell.

It’s a very rural area with some fine black sand beaches nearby, offering views of the Vestman Islands. Skogafoss Waterfall is around 12 miles away.

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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

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Skogafoss Waterfall

Skogafoss Waterfall

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