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Lobby Hotel Eldhestar

About us

Hotel Eldhestar is a cozy countryside hotel with a luxurious atmosphere. It features 37 spacious rooms, a warm, light-filled restaurant and traditional hot tubs to relax in at the end of the day. The hotel’s interior is inspired by the colors and materials found in Icelandic nature, genuine craftsmanship and age-old traditions. It was built in accordance with ecological guidelines and is the first lodging in Iceland to be awarded the Nordic Swan Ecolabel.

Our hotel is situated in in the heart of Iceland’s south-western countryside on Road Nr.1, about a 30 minutes’ drive from Reykjavik. This unique location between volcanic mountains, rivers and the ocean allows our guests to experience diverse nature and gorgeous scenery. The area around the volcano Hengill with its beautiful valleys and hot springs inspired our name:

Eldhestar = Volcano Horses

Our rooms

Double room

Hotel Eldhestar features 37 comfortable rooms with private facilities, some of them fully accessible. Our rooms have double or twin beds and some of them are available as triple rooms. Additionally, we have a spacious room for the whole family, accommodating 5 people. All rooms are outfitted with the luxurious Hästens beds, unrivalled sleep comfort handcrafted from sustainable, natural materials, such as genuine hypoallergenic horse hair, cotton, wool, flax and Swedish pinewood. Each room has a door to the garden, allowing you to step outside and observe the northern lights, weather and season permitting.

Cozy countryside hotel

Whether you are on a romantic trip with your partner or travelling by yourself, with the whole family or in a group of friends, our cozy little hotel in stunning nature is the ideal home base for your activities in South Iceland. The most popular highlights are all easily within driving distance and the exciting geothermal area at our door step offers plenty of activity options for everyone. We are happy to help you plan your outings or help you celebrate your family functions, dinner events and other milestones.

Ecological and sustainable

Hotel Eldhestar was built with ecological technology and is the first lodging in Iceland to receive the Nordic Swan. The Swan certification ensures the highest standards in terms of quality, environment and health. Among other regulations, certified operations are subject to certain guidelines regarding energy and water consumption, waste management and use of chemicals. Here at Eldhestar, we are committed to those standards and thrive for continuous improvement and re-evaluation of our practices.


Our charming restaurant can seat up to 120 people. We offer a breakfast buffet from 07:00 to 10:00. Breakfast is always included in your accommodation at Hotel Eldhestar. Between 11:30 and 14:00, we serve a light lunch. Please note that this option is only available on request; so please let us know in advance, if you are planning to lunch with us. Dinner can be booked until 18:00 and is available from 19:00 to 20:30 (or later, depending on the season).

The food we serve is inspired by traditional Icelandic cuisine and revolves around typical Icelandic ingredients. Wherever possible, we source our food locally and much of our produce is grown in the town of Hveragerði, less than 2 km from our farm Vellir. Meat and fish are supplied by farmers and fishermen in our area.

Lounge area

The light-filled lounge area with its open fire place is the perfect spot to get comfortable with a book and a cup of coffee and relax after the day’s adventures. Or maybe you’d like to join us there for an aperitif before dinner or a night cap before calling it a day? We offer a selection of local and international beers, wines and spirits as well as cocktails and long drinks. Make sure you try our specialties, the Sofa Tölter and the Bucking Horse.

Hot tubs

After long day out and about, you might want to engage in a long-standing Icelandic tradition and soak in some hot water. Our hot tubs invite you to take a relaxing bath, a magical experience for your sore muscles after an active day. If you are lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of the northern lights. The hot tubs are open from 16:00 to 22:00.

The five themes of Hotel Eldhestar

In addition to focusing on the environment, our interior design strives to inform our guests about important aspects of Icelandic history and culture. Each of our corridors focusses on a different topic, such as Icelandic horses and their role as Iceland’s most important servant, the beautiful area surrounding Hengill volcano, horses in Icelandic sagas, artwork by Jóhannes Geir and fairies, spirits and trolls in Icelandic folklore. Each corridor will provide detailed background information about its corresponding theme.


Hotel Eldhestar is ideally located for day trips to some of the most popular sights in South Iceland, both for self-drivers as well as for those who prefer guided tours. Additionally, the area allows for lots of activities such as hiking, riding, swimming, rafting and many more. Talk to our reception for more information and help with booking procedures, directions or any other questions you might have.