Just wonderful. 45 minutes from Reykjavic and set on picturesque fjord, you are welcomed by the delightful, friendly owner, and she seems to always be right there to help with anything you need. Other staff are equally friendly and helpful. Everyone just seems so happy there! Rooms are well-appointed and the entire facility is very well-maintained. Restaurant is quite good--the specialty fish soup is world-class and not to be missed. Two hot tubs for guests are open to midnight and sit beneath the stars and overlooking the fjord. I'd recommend a fjord facing room on the second floor for best views and location within the hotel. The cottages looked GREAT too and I'd likely rent one of them if staying there in the future.
The hotel is situated perfectly for a drive along the Golden Circle route which is best accessed by starting with a leisurely drive to the head of the fjord and back up the southern side.
It is unfortunate that the power station at the mouth of the fjord causes the landscape to be criss crossed with power lines, but you quickly cease to notice them and in any event they run up behind the hotel--not in front of it. And a final note: hot water from the natural spring feeding the hotel smells very eggy, but you sort of get used to it and it is all part of the experience. Not to worry--you don't smell like egg salad after a shower.
This was simply a great place to end our week tour of the West Fjords and Snaefellsnes peninsula.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Romantic boutique hotel, only 75 min from Keflavik International Airport. Located on a high hillside over viewing the sea. The hotel has 22 mini-suite, spa area, library, piano-bar, conference facilities and magical surroundings. The hotel has a large art collection and beautiful restaurant. Looking for something different? This is it. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Glymur Hotel Akranes
- Hotel Glymur Iceland/Akranes