Hotel Húsafell: The Experience

Located in Húsafell, Iceland

Surrounded by undulating hills and beech forests, Húsafell radiates a sense of tranquility. But don’t be fooled: for those who seek it, this lodge can be a hub of adventure or a study of art, a foodie destination or a journey into the legends of old Iceland. The lodge is the gateway to the uninhabited highlands, a vast and unspoiled landscape of ice fields, hot springs, and mountains that begs to be explored in the summertime. From Húsafell, you can climb deep into a glacier or a lava cave, go mountain biking, learn about the intersection of ancient lore and modern art, and top it all off with an incredible meal and a soak in a geothermal pool.

Things to Do

The following experiences are included in the cost of your stay.

Thermal Pools and Float Therapy

Mountain springs fill the four pools of Húsafell, heated to varying temperatures by geothermal energy. The pools are open year-round and free for Húsafell guests, who can also take advantage of complimentary float water therapy equipment, which keeps your head and legs afloat so you can fully relax.

Hiking

Within the hills that surround Húsafell, there are forests, lava fields, bubbling springs, waterfalls, glaciers, and even archaeological sites. The lodge is an official steward of Húsafell Nature Reserve, and recently helped identify ten nearby hiking routes that link up some of the most beautiful and interesting in the region.Trail maps are available at reception, and for guests wanting to spend the day hiking, the lodge can arrange a local guide and send you off with a packed lunch.

Mountain Biking

Set off on one of Hotel Húsafell’s Rockhopper mountain bikes to ride rugged trails through the Húsafell Nature Reserve, taking in views over nearby glaciers. Two of the area hiking routes have been designated as suitable for mountain biking, and the bikes are complimentary for lodge guests.

Culture in Nature

Wander through whimsical gardens at the studios of local artist Páll Guðmundsson, whose paintings and sculptures are featured throughout the lodge and tucked into the surrounding landscape in surprising places. With luck, you might find the artist on site and get tour of his studios and firsthand look at how he makes paint with volcanic materials.

Northern Lights

With long winter nights, little light pollution, and the cooling effect of the surrounding glaciers, the skies above Húsafell dance with the aurora borealis several times a week. While sightings cannot be guaranteed, when they appear you’ll know: the hotel has implemented an innovative automatic wake-up call system to alert guests who wish to see the northern lights.

Optional Activities and Experiences

The following experiences are available at an additional cost.

Into the Glacier

The nearby Langjökull ice field offers a once-in-a-lifetime glacier experience: instead of trekking atop the ice, you walk right inside it through a manmade ice tunnel that leads to a cave deep within the glacier. Please call our travel specialists for details. Advance booking is advised.

Lava Cave Exploration

Víðgelmir, one of the largest lava caves on Earth, is a short drive from the lodge. Venture into it on your choice of excursions—a 90-minute tour or a three- to four-hour expedition—and discover a multi-colored world of unusual lava formations, and equally colorful legends dating back to the Vikings. Húsafell is the starting point for these tours, but reservations must be booked directly with The Cave. Please call our travel specialist for details.

Sustainable Golf

During the summer months, Húsafell’s 9-hole GEO-certified golf course offers “Arctic golfing” late into the night under the midnight sun. The fairways are bordered by two splashing glacial rivers—uniquely Icelandic hazards in a beautiful spot.

Guided Outdoor Excursions

Lodge staff can help arrange a variety of outings provided by local outfitters, whether you’d like to explore by snowmobile or helicopter, take a guided hike, or learn about salmon fishing opportunities.

Food and Drink

In the main restaurant at Hotel Húsafell, a high, pitched ceiling and massive windows offer up a soaring view with every delectable meal. Fill your plate with Icelandic smoked salmon, homemade bread, and local cheeses at the Scandinavian-style buffet breakfast (included in your stay). In the evenings, the crackling fire pit beckons you to an elegant meal with an emphasis on seafood, wild game, seasonal produce—and creativity. Try a reindeer carpaccio with chutney on brioche, hot smoked salmon with langoustine foam and green apples, or a traditional skyr dessert spiked with roasted chocolate and rhubarb.

More casual fare is offered just a few steps away at The Bistro, which serves up pizzas, salads, and soups as well as a buffet. And on the lower floor, a stylish bar and lounge serves locally inspired concoctions and fine wines till the midnight sun.

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