Hotel Eldhestar

A unique and cosy country hotel in the heart of South Iceland

Eldhestar Guesthouse

Our small and cosy guesthouse offers twin, triple and family rooms.

Comfortable rooms

Our rooms are comfortable with private facilities


Certified eco-friendly and sustainable operation, reducing our footprint wherever possible.

Riding tours

Spend some time on the Icelandic horse in the beautiful countryside

Single / double room

Double / triple room

Double / twin room

Family room



About us

Hotel Eldhestar is a cosy 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 colours 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 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, but Eldhestar means Volcano Horses.

Christmas 2019

Join us for our annual Christmas buffet at Hotel Eldhestar on the last two weekends in November and the first weekend in December. Enjoy a range of delicious Christmas foods in the Icelandic countryside.

Happy Hour from 17 – 19. All cocktails on 50% discount.

  • Christmas buffet: 8.800 ISK per person
  • Christmas buffet and a one-night stay in a double room: 12.500 per person.
  • Christmas buffet and a one-night stay in a single room: 18.500 per person.

Breakfast is included in the room rate.

For bookings: and +354 4804800

Why Choose Us


Hotel Eldhestar was the first lodging in Iceland to receive the Nordic ecolabel the Nordic Swan.  We follow the guidelines of the Swan for both the building process as well as the daily operations at our hotel.


We drew inspiration from the colours and materials in Icelandic nature as well as from the culture. Genuine craftsmanship and old tradition inspire the interior in a house built with ecological technology.


We have dedicated our hotel to the Icelandic horse – our most useful servant for centuries. Our walls feature old photos and texts that remind us of the importance of the horse through the ages.

Dining at Hotel Eldhestar

Our charming restaurant can seat up to 120 people. 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.


Eldhestar Guesthouse

In addition to Hótel Eldhestar, we also offer accommodation in our small and cosy guesthouse, located next to the hotel. The guesthouse offers a comfortable living room, shared bathroom facilities, tea kettle that can also be used to make instant coffee, and small refrigerator, however, we do not offer cooking facilities. Guests that stay at the guesthouse are welcome to use all facilities and services of Hotel Eldhestar, including the hot tub and restaurant.

Twin room

Guesthouse Eldhestar offers private twin rooms featuring two single beds. Each room has washbasins and soap. Bed linens, towels, Wi-Fi and parking are included free of charge.

Triple room

Guesthouse Eldhestar offers triple rooms, featuring three single beds. All rooms have washbasins and soap. Bed linens, towels, Wi-Fi and parking are included free of charge.

Quad room

Guesthouse Eldhestar has quad rooms on offer. These rooms are perfect for families or small groups travelling together. Each room features a washbasin, soap, bed linens, towels, free Wi-Fi and free parking.

Our rooms

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 horsehair, 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.

Country-side 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 cosy 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 doorstep 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.

The best

I have been at Eldhestar 4 times. This is the perfect place to be if you like riding Icelandic horses and nature. The staff do all they can to give you the best holiday and the rooms at the hotel is with Hästen beds. The food, the hot tubs and of course the horses are just perfect.


Very nice stay

The room was great, much better than we expected. Large room, with free Wifi that worked well, TV, heated floors, large bathroom. The breakfast buffet was good and the dinner was really good. Definitely, recommend this hotel.


Comfortable stay and excellent food

The staff were super nice and the interior is very pleasant. The comfortable room, like the rest of the hotel, was very clean and the buffet breakfast quite good. We had a fixed menu evening meal in the restaurant which was just beautiful; excellent food.


Amazing Hotel

This eco-certified hotel is situated on picturesque land w/Icelandic horses. The room was very clean and the staff was friendly and accommodating. The hotel was so peaceful that I extended my stay two additional nights. It’s centrally located when sightseeing the southern part of the country. I took advantage of seeing the countryside via their horseback riding tour for 2 of the days. I will definitely stay here during my next visit and book a 3-7 day horse tour.


Nice and cozy room. Nice horse ride!

I and my husband wanted to tour around The Golden Circle and Vik and thus wanted to stay at a hotel where it is close to most of the attractions. Hotel Eldhestar turned out to be the perfect place! Not only it’s just less than an hour drive from many attractions, but it is also itself a great place to visit with horse rides! I won’t hesitate to recommend it to my friends!


Good night stay

This is a nice hotel with a good atmosphere and spotlessly clean rooms. Spacious rooms, with big windows, overlooking the surroundings. Good shower. Friendly staff. Would definitely recommend staying here.


Meetings and conferences

Take your group out of town to experience a unique meeting venue close to nature. We offer excellent facilities for meetings, seminars and small conferences in our new, bright conference room. The room has a seating capacity of about 30 people with table set-up and accommodates up to 65 people in theatre set-up. The modern equipment includes projector, flip chart, screen, wireless internet connection, computer etc.

Break up the day with delicious local food, home-made cakes, a relaxing bath in the hot tub or even a short riding tour. At the end of a busy day the hotel’s comfortable rooms with complimentary internet access are ideal to work or relax.

Eldhestar riding tours

Eldhestar is one of Iceland’s largest horse riding tour company and has a great variety of horse riding tours around South Iceland. We want to be able to cater to a wide group of travellers that are interested in exploring Iceland on the unique Icelandic horse. We offer half-day, day and multi-day tours for riders of all experience levels.

Get an authentic Icelandic experience by combining your stay at our country hotel with an adventurous riding tour with our well-trained horses and qualified guides. It is the ultimate way to explore Iceland.



+354 480 4800


Vellir, 816 Ölfus

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8.8 Rated by Guests

ELDHESTAR EHF. Kt: 421092-2069 Völlum, 816 Ölfusi