Travellers hunting for the Northern Lights in Iceland should head out of Reykjavik and to the countryside. Icelandair Hotel Hamar staff will provide a well-timed wake-up call on request to maximise your chance of seeing them.
Just outside of Borgarnes, an hour’s drive from Reykjavik city centre, the hotel is in a good spot for visitors to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. This area of western Iceland is known for its black-sand beaches, traditional fishing villages and the lava caves in the national park. Whale-watching trips leave from Grundarfjörõur (an hour’s drive) and there are hiking trails nearby.
The hotel itself is in a fairly isolated location (you’ll need to drive to shops and restaurants), but there is an 18-hole golf course on site and a restaurant serving local fare, featuring home-grown vegetables. Try the cod with cauliflower puree, pak choy, miso and sesame, or a double-smoked leg of lamb with beetroot glaze. A continental breakfast is served here in the morning and there’s a daily happy hour from 5-7pm. You can also unwind in one of two outdoor hot tubs, fed by natural springs.
The bedrooms are an adequate size, with king-size beds, and modern, minimal décor. The hotel is set across one level, and all rooms have access to a patio – those at the back of the building have picturesque golf course- and snow-capped-mountain views. Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel.
Infant cots / cribs
Newspaper / magazines
24-hour front desk
Iron and ironing board
Kitchenette in some rooms
Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout
Public car park (fees apply)
Accessible bathroom in some rooms
Accessible meeting room
Accessible path of travel
Facilities for guests with special needs
Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.
Standard check-in time: 2pm. Minimum age required to check in: 18.
Standard checkout time: 12pm.
Children and additional guests
One child aged 12 and under stay free of charge, on request, when sharing parents’ room and using existing bedding. Breakfast is free for children aged 5 and under, 50% of the adult's price for children aged 6 to 12.
No pets allowed.
City tax not included in the total price: 100 ISK per room, per night payable at the hotel.
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It’s a 90-minute drive from Reykhavik Kaflavik Nas Airport and an hour’s drive from Reykjavik city. On-site parking is free. For those not driving, there is a bus from the airport to Reykjavik, where you will pick up the bus to Borganes (which is three miles from the hotel). A taxi from Borganes will cost around £12. You can expect the full journey to take just under three hours and cost £40-£50.
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