An intimate property on the banks of the Varmá River, Frost & Fire Boutique Hotel offers contemporary rooms, two geothermal hot tubs, and an outdoor swimming pool. Reykjavík is just a 40-minute drive away.
Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon
Ideal for lovers of the great outdoors, this contemporary hotel is located in the remote Icelandic countryside between Skaftafell wilderness area and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon — and within driving distance of Diamond Beach’s black sands and iceberg formations.
Behind the dark wood-panelled façade, guests are met with 104 sleek and spacious rooms, all of which feature modern Nordic decor, yellow and blue hues, tea and coffee-making facilities, en suite bathrooms, and large windows for views of the lava fields, mountains, or — if you're travelling at the right time of year — the northern lights. Elsewhere, you’ll find an all-day restaurant for regional cuisine with fresh and local ingredients, a stylish bar, and an ocean-facing outdoor terrace for summer drinks.
The hotel also offers a sauna, a northern lights wake-up call service (during winter), and helpful staff who can book sightseeing tours and advise on the nearby natural landscapes to explore.
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Available in three categories, the spacious rooms feature modern Nordic decor, yellow and blue hues, and large windows for views of the mountains, lava fields, and the northern lights on clear winter nights. The Double/Twin room has a TV, tea and coffee-making facilities, and en suite bathroom. The Deluxe room has similar amenities but also features a window seat. The larger Suite offers the most living space and has a bathroom with a walk-in shower and bathtub.
The scenery surrounding the hotel is ideal for walkers and hikers who want to explore snow-capped hills, grass plains, valleys, and waterfalls. You can explore the vast Vatnajökull National Park or visit Skaftafell wilderness area and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, both of which are approximately 20 minutes away by car. Diamond Beach’s black sands are also within driving distance.
Food and Drink
Pulling focus mostly on Icelandic cuisine using fresh and local ingredients, the hotel’s spacious restaurant serves a buffet breakfast, lunch and an à la carte dinner. Reservations are recommended. There’s also a lobby bar where guests can relax with cocktails, wine, and Icelandic beer. The outdoor terrace overlooking the ocean is a peaceful spot for summer drinks.
Facilities and Activities
The hotel has a sauna that opens in the morning and evening. A laundry service is also available. Guests can request a northern lights wake-up call during the winter season.
For those who want to explore some of Iceland’s natural attractions, this contemporary hotel is a stylish choice. We love the spacious rooms, all with large windows, ideal for enjoying the scenery.
Golden Circle itinerary suggestions
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Located in the heart of the Golden Circle route, the contemporary Hótel Grímsborgir is an ideal base from which to explore south west Iceland. In spite of its large size, it has a relaxed atmosphere and very attentive staff.
The surrounding lava landscape sets the tone for a rich design scheme at this stylish hotel near the UNESCO-protected Þingvellir National Park. It is also an ideal base from which to explore the Golden Circle route’s numerous attractions.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Discover some of Iceland’s most renowned geological sites on a full-day tour of the Golden Circle with a private guide. Take in the continental rift and original parliament site at Þingvellir, the hot-water blowholes at Haukadalur geothermal valley and thundering Gullfoss waterfall.
Swim through clear blue waters in a glacial lagoon in Þingvellir National Park, the only place in the world where you can snorkel between two tectonic plates. Take a look at the continents from underwater and learn about Iceland’s geological instability.