Be a night owl
We love helping our guests travel off the beaten path but most don’t want to miss more popular sights like the Golden Circle and our neighboring waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. During summer, there’s a way to beat the crowds and see these spots in a different light, literally. Try going after hours, when everyone else is tucked in for the night and the midnight sun paints the horizon a glorious rose-colored hue.
See the highlands
Hikers rejoice: the roads to Landmannalaugar is open once again! At Landmannalaugar you can bathe in inviting natural geothermal pools set amid colorful rhyolite mountains. This popular tourist spot is on the Fjallabak road northeast of the volcano Mt Hekla and is part of one of the largest geothermal areas in the country, the Torfi Glacier area. Landmannalaugar is justly famed for its natural beauty, with its red rocks that include the black of obsidian and other minerals.
- Learn more about Landmannalaugar in this blog post.
- Consult our front desk before you drive to Landmannalaugar to make sure you are properly equipped or better yet – We will assist you to book a guided tour.
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Summer solstice 2019 will happen on June 21st. The magical Midsummer Night, however, happens three days later, on June 24th. This Icelandic holiday is called Jónsmessa or John’s mass and is named for John the Baptist. Many otherworldly things are said to happen on Jónsmessa, during the night that is. Cows speak like humans, seals shed their skin and become human, and if you sit at a crossroads between four churches the elves will try to seduce you with food and gifts. If you give in to them, everything vanishes, but if you stand your ground the elves will leave their gold come morning. There are also certain herbs you can pick to place under your pillow and then your future spouse will greet you in your dream. Oh and don’t be surprised if you see some nudists running around after midnight, many Icelanders roll around naked in the dew-covered grass on Jónsmessa, it’s said to bring good health. We encourage you to do the same should you feel so inclined – and if it’s warm enough – but for the sake of our other guests, we also encourage you to strip out of view from the hotel.