First impressions were worrying, situated in a beautiful and remote spot the guesthouse itself looked little more than a collection of huts.Decribed as the last port of call before entering the "inhabitable interior" of Iceland we really felt like we were embarking on a rugged adventure.
However despite appearances, this guesthouse was pleasant and cosy and our room with ensuite was clean and comfortable.We weren't too keen on the see through glass petition in the ensuite where NOTHING is left to the imagination- whoever though of that one!
I would not have wanted to rough it in the economy rooms with shared facilities but if on a tight budget I'm sure they would suffice.
The canteen was clean but no airs and graces, this is a back packers hostel really where food is wholesome and plentiful but not a 4 star hotel. We had full board so we ate our meals in a slightly more separated area of canteen with waiter service.All the staff seemed very young but they spoke perfect English and were always polite and helpful even though at times(this was peak season) they were very busy. We enjoyed our meals there and the Vegetarian option served daily was fine. A lovely fresh salad bar and homemade soups were an excellent start to the meal. Breakfasts were OK too, nothing fancy but all you could need -although no cooked options. We also had a packed lunch daily for our travels which consisted of freshly made sandwiches, fruit, carton of juice, Skyrr or yogurt and chocolate bar- very tasty indeed.
I admit I am a middle aged traveller who's not that keen on roughing it but this was fine as a three day stay and it certainly was a great position for 4x4 touring in the area ,even if it did bring back vividly 40 year ago memories of youth hostelling !It also had it's own fuel station and car wash hose- pretty crucial in such an out of the way position! A resident 4x4 trails expert also was on hand to give guests suggestions and advice for their daily adventures- he was brilliant and gave us some really good places to go off the beaten track.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hrauneyjar Highland Center (Halendismidstodin Hrauneyjum) is situated at the edge of the country’s most impressive and active volcanic area. It is the last stop before entering the vast and untouched interior of Iceland. Hrauneyjar is close to many of the most beautiful and popular tourist attractions in the highlands - including Landmannalaugar, Pjorsardalur, Mount Hekla, Sprengisandur, Veidivotn and Fjallabak. The vastness and lack of human impact on the surrounding area makes it truly one of the last places in Europe where freedom, natural beauty and solitude are combined in a breathtakingly powerful experience. Hrauneyjar Guesthouse offers 54 CAT I rooms with shared facilities (19 double and 35 twin), 20 CAT II double rooms with bathroom. L-House with 14 twin rooms with shared facilities. In addition Hrauneyjar offers a restaurant, sauna and petrol station. The hotel is well accessible by paved road all year round and is only 150 km from Reykjavik. We recommend guests that are planning on staying with us during Winter season to have a 4WD. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hrauneyjar Guesthouse Iceland/Hella