Most guests arrive at Hotel Húsafell via a scenic drive by car or bus. The lodge is located east of the town of Borgarnes and is easy to access from the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Reykjavík, and the Golden Circle. It is about a 2-hour, 10-minute drive from Keflavik International Airport, and a 90-minute drive from Reykjavík.
There are a number of car rental options at the airport, and rentals can also be booked in downtown Reykjavík. A private tour bus company runs one daily departure from Reykjavík to Húsafell and return. The trip includes stops at sites along the way.
With the lobby, rooms, and restaurant on one floor, the lodge is easy to navigate for guests with mobility issues. Five standard rooms are handicap accessible, as is a public restroom in the lobby.
The warm Gulf Stream brushes up against Arctic air in Iceland, keeping the climate milder than you might expect for an island so close to the Arctic Circle. Summer is the high season, when wildflowers bloom, the sun barely sets, and daytime temperatures at Húsafell range from the 50s into the 60s (10-17˚ C).
Winter is the best time to see the northern lights: night falls very early and daytime temperatures hover around freezing, which are optimal conditions for the aurora borealis—though sightings are never guaranteed. Weather conditions in Iceland can change very abruptly, and travelers should be prepared for rain year-round, and for snow from October to April.
No matter when you travel to Iceland, packing layers, good walking shoes, and a bathing suit is essential. Lightweight wool or fleece layers are recommended, along with waterproof rain gear and warm socks. If you are traveling in the winter, prepare for cold temperatures with a warm coat, hat, scarf, gloves, and weatherproof shoes.
Children are welcome at Húsafell, and kids under 12 stay free when they share a bed with parents. With hiking trails, lava fields, and glaciers close by, there are plenty of outdoor family adventures to be had here. For families seeking a more casual dining experience, the Bistro offers a buffet lunch and dinner including pizzas, salads, and soups.
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