An intimate guesthouse on the banks of Lagarfljót lake, Gistihúsið - Lake Hotel Egilsstaðir offers 50 comfortable rooms, an all-day restaurant, and an impressive spa. This is an ideal base for those who want to spend time exploring the east of Iceland.
Wild landscapes set the scene at this characterful boutique hotel located on the waterfront in eastern Iceland’s coastal village of Fáskrúðsfjörður. Comprised of four renovated and restored historic buildings built for French fishermen who made this place home between 1898 and 1907, it’s an ideal base for hiking, walking, and enjoying the surrounding fjordland scenery. There’s 47 light-flooded rooms in varying sizes and layouts, all with soothing cream, blue and silver hues, wooden flooring, patterned wallpapers, large windows, and a mix of classic and contemporary decor. Modern amenities include flatscreen TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi, and en suite bathrooms with showers
Set on a floating pier, the hotel’s restaurant, L’Abri, serves buffet style breakfasts and French-influenced dishes created with Icelandic ingredients for à la carte lunches and dinners. Indoor and outdoor seating is available. Another highlight is the on-site French Museum, a small exhibition space with multimedia displays about the connection between the fishermen and eastern Iceland.
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Spread across four historic buildings in Fáskrúðsfjörður, the 47 light-flooded rooms vary in size and layout. All have soft cream, blue and silver hues, wooden flooring, patterned wallpapers, large windows, and a mix of classic and contemporary decor. Modern amenities include flatscreen TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi, radios, hairdryers, and en suite bathrooms with showers. If you require more living space, the Superior rooms are larger, with many offering views of the fjord.
You’ll be staying in Fáskrúðsfjörður, eastern Iceland’s coastal village located on the shoreline of a deep fjord and surrounded by mountain peaks. This was one of the main Icelandic fishing stations for the French at the turn of the 20th-century and their legacy is evident throughout the town, especially at the French Museum housed in the hotel’s historic Doctor's House and French Hospital buildings.
Food and drink
Set on a floating pier right on the waterfront, the hotel’s restaurant, L’Abri, serves French-influenced dishes created with Icelandic ingredients for lunch and dinner. Indoor and outdoor seating is available. Buffet style breakfasts are served daily and include hot and cold options.
Facilities and activities
The hotel houses the French Museum, a small exhibition space highlighting the history and legacy of the French sailors in Iceland. Open daily from 10am to 6pm (usually from May until the end of August), the museum entrance is accessed from the reception area in the Doctor’s House building.
We love the waterfront location and relaxed atmosphere at this historic boutique hotel in the coastal village of Fáskrúðsfjörður. The sunsets over the fjord and surrounding mountains are hard to beat.
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Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite 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.
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.
Little-visited yet one of the most impressive day hikes in Iceland, the walk to Stórurð passes though lush valleys and meadows set against a backdrop of jagged peaks to reach a sapphire lake set in a valley littered with giant boulders.