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Reviewed 4 April 2013

We stayed for three nights here on a group tour of Iceland.

We weren't expecting great things from this hotel, based on how remote it is, but it exceeded our expectations.

The hotel appears to be run by a husband/wife team acting as receptionists/waiters/cleaners etc, plus a chef in the evenings. Considering the small team, service was excellent. Dinners were among the best meals we had in Iceland, and the choice at breakfast was enough to satisfy everyone.

Rooms were comfortable and clean, but nothing special - but our days were so filled with activities that we hardly spent time in them during the day, and at night we spent time viewing the Northern Lights.

The only real issue with this hotel is it's location. It takes over an hour to reach route 1, meaning that for at least two hours each day, we spent driving before or after our tour. If you want to be in the same area and avoid this driving, then Hotel Ranga is better positioned - but I don't know how it compares in other respects. For our trip, there was no real advantage in the location of the Highland Hotel.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank delapre
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Reviewed 15 March 2013

As we too were travelling with "Discover the World" on the "Northern Lights and Volcanoes" trip, our experience echoes that of previous reviewers. The road to the hotel was very icy when we were there, so the driving was quite hairy, although our driver, Otto, was excellent. Because the hotel is so remote it took ages to get to other sights on our itinerary, over an hour of which was on the same stretch of road to and fro. The owner of the hotel is passionate and very knowledgeable about the Northern Lights and gave us an interesting, but long, talk on our arrival, raising our hopes that we might see them, but unfortunately we did not! Facilities were quite basic, but comfortable, and the food portions were generous. Breakfasts were good, but there was no hot option. We declined the cod liver oil available on the breakfast bar! The hot tub was popular with guests, but the sauna was too hot for most!

Room Tip: Rooms in the main building mean you don't get cold and risk slipping over on the ice when going to and fro for meals.
  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Alison L
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Reviewed 15 March 2013

Stayed here on the Northern Lights and Volcanoes trip with Discover the World. It is basic but relatively comfortable with friendly and helpful staff, plus quality food at dinner. The standard rooms offer nothing much other than a bed and a good shower - in a very small ensuite with thin walls! However we slept well and were always warm. We knew that the hotel was inland, but with the ice and snow conditions it regularly took an hour to 90 minutes to get up or down to the coastal road. For anyone booking during the winter, don't forget that's a lot of travel in the dark.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 March 2013

This hotel has been converted (well) from accommodation built to house the construction workers for the various local hydro electric schemes. The rooms are not luxurious (no carpet) but warm comfortable and have everything you need for a stay that involves very little time in your room. The staff are exceptionally helpful and friendly and the chef superb. I was unsure what the Icelandic food would be like, but he converted me. The wifi is excellent and free and they will wake you if you wish should the Aurora appear.

I suspect it would not stay open in the winter if it was not for the Aurora trips, such is its location. There is virtually no light pollution so it is a good spot for Aurora photography but do not underestimate how many layers you will need to wear if you stay outside for any length of time, and please don't take flash photos!

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled solo
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Thank CJandMrsCJ
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Reviewed 5 March 2013

Yes it is a bit far away from everything but if you book here that's what to expect. BUT nice warm clean rooms with comfy beds and great food. As we were on a package there wasn't a choice at the table but the guide told us the menu and gave everybody a chance to ask for an alternative. Very helpful and friendly staff who helped everybody dry their waterproofs after a very wet day, A great show from the northern lights just put a topping on our stay!

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank GandS84
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