Skálakot Manor Hotel
Set at the foot of the glacier-capped Eyjafjallajökull volcano and close to south Iceland’s wealth of rolling green hills, deep valleys, black beaches, waterfalls, and dramatic peaks, this working farm turned luxury boutique hotel has been owned by the same family for seven generations. There’s just 14 individually designed rooms and suites, all with a glamorous Art Deco meets countryside decor scheme, soothing olive green and dark grey hues, wooden parquet flooring, black ceiling beams, pendant lighting, and sophisticated soft furnishings. Modern amenities include flat screen TVs, Wi-Fi access, tea and coffee-making facilities, hairdryers, and small tiled bathrooms with large rain showers.
Elsewhere, there’s a restaurant for Icelandic cuisine created with fresh and local ingredients, a relaxed lounge for anytime drinks, an outdoor terrace for summer barbecues, and on-site stables for a wealth of guided horse riding tours to a variety of destinations. You’ll also be spoiled for choice when it comes to activities, including hiking, fishing, bathing in geothermal pools, visiting the remote seaside village of Vík in the Mýrdalur Valley, and learning about Icelandic rural life at the excellent Skógar Folk Museum. There’s also a team of helpful staff who can assist with booking snowmobiling and jeep adventures.
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There’s a glamorous Art Deco meets countryside decor theme in the 14 individually designed and spacious rooms, all of which feature soothing olive green and dark grey hues, wooden parquet flooring, black ceiling beams, pendant lighting, and sophisticated soft furnishings. Modern amenities include flat screen TVs, Wi-Fi access, tea and coffee-making facilities, and small tiled bathrooms with large rain showers and bathrobes. Some of the Grand rooms have balconies while the larger Mini Suite has a separate living room. The luxurious Master Suite has a balcony, wood burning stove, free-standing bathtub in the bedroom, and – in clear weather – views across the sea to the Westman Islands.
You’ll be staying in the rural heart of south Iceland, within easy driving distance of natural attractions such as black beaches, lava fields, waterfalls, hiking trails, and the glacier-capped volcano of Eyjafjallajökull. You’ll also be just 40 minutes from Vík, the remote seaside village in the scenic Mýrdalur Valley. Reykjavík is around a two-hour drive from the hotel.
Food and Drink
Open daily for breakfasts, lunches, and dinners that draw focus on Icelandic cuisine created with fresh and local ingredients, the hotel’s restaurant offers glamorous and rustic decor, parquet flooring, wooden tables, Art Deco pendant lighting, and a traditional pub atmosphere. Coffee and cakes are available every afternoon. There is also an outdoor terrace for barbecues in the summer months.
Facilities and Activities
Given the on-site stables, there’s a wealth of guided horse riding tours available for exploring nearby beaches, mountains, and glaciers. Further activities include hiking, jogging, bathing in geothermal pools, and fishing for salmon, sea trout and Arctic char in the nearby Rimhúsaáll River. The helpful staff can also book sightseeing tours and advise on the best natural landscapes to visit.
Please note that the hotel does not have an elevator and most rooms are accessed by stairs. If needed, staff will be happy to help carry your luggage.
Not only is this working farm turned luxury boutique hotel a scenic base from which to explore the south of Iceland, but it also hits the mark with glamorous design, attentive service, and on-site stables.
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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 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.
A lodge-style boutique hotel with a scenic riverside setting, Hotel Rangá offers welcoming rooms, fine Nordic dining, and an ideal location close to the south of Iceland’s waterfalls, black sand beaches, glaciers, lava fields, hiking trails, and volcanoes.
A stylish and contemporary property in the heart of Iceland’s south coast, Icelandair Hotel Vík offers sleek rooms, creative Icelandic cuisine, and attentive service. It is also an ideal location for exploring the region’s wealth of natural 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.
Formed by thousands of years of volcanic and glacial activity, Þórsmörk is one of Iceland’s most dramatic hiking and off-roading destinations, where braided rivers weave through black sands and rugged peaks and glaciers lord over a sweeping valley.
This three-hour hike takes you up onto Sólheimajökull to learn about its formation and see the dramatic ice sculptures, ridges and crevasses on its surface. En route, you’ll learn about its structure and get sweeping views of the surrounding wilderness.
Explore Eyjafjallajökull, one of Iceland’s most renowned glaciers, by snowmobile as part of a small-group tour. From the mountain top, you can enjoy sweeping views of the surrounding countryside and coast and a close-up view of the glacier’s structure.