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

The ‘Turf House’ Retreat offers guests the chance to sleep inside a modern version of the grass-roofed houses that were once common across much of Iceland (the turf acted as a form of natural insulation).

Cleverly built from reclaimed timber, volcanic stone and natural materials, the cabins offer understated luxury but also nod to the Icelandic past – you’ll spot old tools, animal skins, vintage sleds, carts and even a sofa made from an old boat as you wander round.

The hotel’s renowned restaurant, in the central ‘meeting house’, serves classy, Neo-Nordic cuisine. There’s also a ‘basalt stone’ hot pool where you can take a soothing dip.

It’s the ultimate luxury cabin experience, and it sits smack bang in the centre of the celebrated ‘Golden Circle’: Geysir is 13km north, Gullfoss 15km northeast, and Thingvellir National Park is 60km west.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers*
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

Geysir (& Gulfoss)

Iceland[6.8 miles]

The world’s most famous water spout, and the geyser that gave all other geysers their name. It’s one of Iceland’s ‘Golden Circle’ sights, including Gullfoss and Thingvellir.

Best for ages: 4+ | Free | 1 night

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

Secret lagoon hot spring, public outdoor warming swimming pool, landmark of small city of Fludir, Iceland

Secret Lagoon

Fluoir, Iceland[12.3 miles]

Despite the name, this landmark geothermal bathing pool is far from a well-kept secret: in fact, it’s said to be the oldest hotpot in Iceland, and it’s very popular as it’s easily reached from Reykjavik, and makes an ideal stop for visitors tracing the Golden Circle.

Best for ages: 6+ | £18 | 1 night

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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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