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.
Please note that during winter, snowstorms or heavy snowfall may prevent us from maintaining our hot tubs properly.
Environmental affairs have always been close to the heart of Eldhestar’s spokespersons. In 2002, for example, Hótel Eldhestar was the first hotel and guesthouse in Iceland to fulfil the requirements for the Nordic Swan voluntary eco-licensing system. Clearly, opportunities for sound environmental measures are legion. So, when Hey Iceland, in collaboration with Orkusetur (The Energy Agency) and other parties, launched the collaborative project “Recharge in the Barnyard”, Eldhestar immediately jumped aboard. Transport serves many key functions in the tourism industry. It is therefore only natural to focus on how we can promote making trips between destinations more environmentally sound. Widespread adoption of electric vehicles (EV) in the country is an important step toward reducing greenhouse gases. To speed up the adoption of EV, it is important to expedite the expansion of services for guests wanting to use electric vehicles in their travels around the country. By participating in this project, we want to support the increased use of electric vehicles everywhere in Iceland.
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, unrivaled 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.
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.
Double / triple rooms
- 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 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.
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.
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.
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 parking
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.
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.
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.