Hotel Eldhestar, Hveragerdi


A 40-minute drive from the centre of Reykjavik, this country hotel and horse ranch is located in a beautiful rural setting near the greenhouse village of Hveragerdi in southwest Iceland. It’s a surprisingly verdant region – green meadows sweep around volcanic hills; valleys conceal hot springs, while the Olfusa river delta spreads south towards the black-sand beaches of the Atlantic.

The first accommodation in Iceland to receive the Nordic Swan eco-label for its green credentials, Hotel Eldhestar has 36 bright and spacious double rooms with private bathrooms, plus an additional family room. Each one has doors leading outside where you’ll find a couple of inviting hot tubs and far-reaching views. A long-standing love affair with all things equine is evident throughout the hotel – the walls are adorned with old photos, paintings and texts celebrating the Icelandic horse. The cosy bar and lounge with open fire is perfect for a pre-dinner drink. Expect hearty meals based on traditional Icelandic cooking.

Nearby highlights include the geothermal park in Hveragerdi and the coastal village of Eyrarbakki, while slightly further afield – but still within easy reach – lie the Golden Circle, Seljalandsfoss waterfall and the Blue Lagoon. Horse riding tours suitable for all ages and levels of experience can also be arranged.

Hotel features:

  • 36 rooms(some have disabled access)
  • Buffet restaurant
  • Free Wi-fi
  • Hot tubs
  • Bar and lounge area


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