Located 90 minutes from Reykjavik, the Hotel Husafell is set among some of Iceland’s most beautiful countryside. The 36-room hotel takes full advantage of its location and blends almost seamlessly into the surrounding landscape–a landscape that’s never far from view thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows throughout most of the hotel.
Also found throughout most of the hotel: a mix of modern Nordic and rustic country design found in little touches like sheepswool chair covers and decorative lava rock art.
These little touches bring a pop of personality that’s unmistakably Icelandic, yet they never detract from the hotel’s modern, upscale feel.
Rooms come in two varieties–standard and deluxe. Standard rooms have one double or two single beds, small nightstands, a comfortable chair, small desk, and armoire with mini-fridge and coffee maker. The generously sized bathrooms have tiled showers, baths, and double sinks. The deluxe rooms have additional space and extra seating in the form of a sofa.
All rooms include free Wifi, 24-hour room service, and daily breakfast–a lavish spread with eggs, hashbrowns, bacon, sausage, toast, tomatoes, meats and cheeses, cereal, yogurt, fruit, and plenty of pastries.
There’s an onsite restaurant that serves internationally-influenced Scandinavian fare (the dinner menu included dishes such as langoustines with foie gras and local grilled lamb) and has a full-service bar.
Of course, this is Iceland, and most travelers aren’t spending too much time in their rooms. While Hotel Husafell makes it hard to leave the property, the surrounding area has a lot to lure travelers. There are hiking trails, a 9-hole golf course, glaciers, waterfalls, and a hot spring pool (available free of charge for hotel guests). The hotel can also arrange day trips.
The Hotel Husafell makes for a great overnight from Reykjavik or a short detour from the typical Ring Road route that many travelers drive around the island. The decor is stylish, the amenities are modern, the food is fantastic, and the scenery, in typical Icelandic fashion, is spectacular. And as an added bonus, the hotel is as green as its surroundings; the hotel uses only sustainable energy produced from a hydroelectric power plant.