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“Lovely Guesthouse in Spectacular Location!” 4 of 5 stars
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Hof 1 Hotel
Hof in Oraefi, Hofn 810, Iceland (Formerly Frost and Fire Guesthouse)   |  
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Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Hofn
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“Lovely Guesthouse in Spectacular Location!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2011

We stayed here in June 2011 for 3 nights and had a room in the main guesthouse. The guesthouse was lovely and the room was adequate, if a bit small for 2 adults and a baby. The guesthouse supplied a portable crib for us to use, which was nice. The shared bathrooms were sparkling clean and not crowded at all. The room was a bit warm and stuffy, but it was only as we were packing up to leave that we realized we could have opened up the windows!

The hot tub was lovely and spa-like with the shower/changing rooms right there, my only complaint was that the hot tub was only open until 8pm or something like that. It would have been nice to relax after dinner in the hot tub.

The included breakfast was great! We also ate dinner there one night and it was the BEST lamb I have ever had anywhere in the world. Yes, you have to tell them ahead of time that you are coming for dinner, and yes, there's only one choice of menu item, but who cares? Go elsewhere for dinner if you don't like the situation!

The location of the guesthouse is incredible, Hof is only 20 minutes from Skaftafell National Park and about 30 minutes from Jokulsarlon. The little 'village' (it's really only a cluster of buildings) is beautiful too, situated right at the bottom of the cliffs and featuring a turf-roofed church with sheep grazing nearby and views of the sea. Accomodations near the park were few, so this place is an incredible find. This was the most expensive place that we stayed during our entire trip to Iceland, but it's better than staying in a boring chain hotel which was our other option if we wanted to be close to the park.

We loved the location, the food, the hot tub, and the cleanliness of Frost & Fire.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2011

I liked this guesthouse. Our room was in the main guesthouse, and I see from other reviewers that this may have made a difference.

It was very clean and had all the facilities needed. We had a room with a shared bathroom, and at first thought there were not enough toilets/showers for everyone on the floor, but found we never had to wait. We had the room next to the washroom which was noisy at first, but you soon got used to it.

The room itself was clean, the bed comfy and the view was great. They have hot tubs in the basement, but unfortunately we were too tired to use them and just went straight to bed after dinner.

They have a two course dinner on offer which you have to pre-book and it was tasty. Massive piece of chicken for the main course. Breakfast was also well stocked and was served buffet style so you could help yourself to what you wanted, with a range of breads, meats, cheese and salad. They also had a local beer to try which made a nice change.

The staff were very friendly and patient (especially with some rude guests) and made us up a packed lunch for our hiking trip the next day.

The location is great, being only 10 minutes drive away from Skaftafell National Park and 30 mins from Jokulsarlon Lagoon, and the town of Hof itself is peaceful and a lovely spot.

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2010

We stayed at the Frost and Fire Guesthouse for one night in August 2010. Overall, this was not a bad stay by any stretch, but it certainly wasn't special either.

As many people have noted on Tripadvisor, there's a pretty significant difference between the main guesthouse, which is super nice and renovated, and the rest of the cottages/buildings scattered around the farm complex. We happened to stay in a building outside of the main guesthouse. A few observations:
1) Rooms were decently sized with comfortable beds and ample heating; the common room was nice and the two shared facilities bathrooms were clean.
2) There was a kitchen available that had absolutely nothing in it other than a hot water boiler, which really limited the ability to cook (my suspicion is that they do this intentionally to shunt you towards their dinner, which was about 4400 kronur or more than $35 US).
3) There was wireless available in the main guesthouse but not the other complexes.

The staff reception was mediocre - they didn't seem overly welcoming and warm, which was a change from all of the other places that we had been to in Iceland. Breakfast was decent, standard fare for Iceland hotels. I can't comment on the dinner because we were on a budget.

The main advantage of this place is location. First of all, the surrounding area is gorgeous (see some of the accompanying pictures). Second, if you want to stay near Skaftafell National Park, you have a very limited number of options. There's Frost and Fire, Litla-Hof (which is a similar property near Frost and Fire), and Hotel Skaftafell, which is right near the park that is uber-expensive. Based on what I've read from reviews, you don't get much more by staying at Hotel Skaftafell than by staying at Frost and Fire. So in that sense, Frost and Fire's price (about $180/night for our group of 3 adults and one baby) was a bargain compared to the alternatives. Having said that, we paid more to stay here than any other place in Iceland and this was by far the most mediocre of our accommodations.

Bottom line: if you want to stay near Skaftafell, this is likely the best value of your options. It's not a good value compared to other places in Iceland. You probably won't leave raving about the place, but nor will you leave thinking that you got totally ripped off. If you do stay here, try to get into the main guesthouse as the rooms are more recently renovated.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Needham, Massachusetts
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2010

We stayed here because we were unable to find accommodations elsewhere and wanted to be close to the icebergs of Jokulsarlon, but for $254 a night for a small room, it wasn't worth it. The hot tub was broken and the hot water in the shower didn't work. The furnishings in the lounge were nice but it was underused and who is there for the lounge anyway??? Of course it was the only place with internet connectivity. If cost is important to you, find another place to stay!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2010

I agree with what had been said by others about the Frost and Fire Guesthouse: there is a big gap between the beautiful and inviting home-page - and reality. Only one part of the guest-house has the kind of rooms advertised, much of the rest is on the level of a youth hostel in scattered "Summer Houses", basically little huts. We had a "family room" with four beds, small, cramped, shared bathroom and shower, for 189€ per day! The food was below average, and the four of us (two kids) got at the the highest dinner bill we experienced during two weeks in Iceland. The beautiful swmming pools advertised on the home-page are nowhere near the hotel, but in another village. All the hotel has is a tiny indoor hot pot. Staying at the guest-house was the worst experience we had in Iceland, it felt like a real rip-off!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Auburn, ME
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84 reviews 84 reviews
28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2010

We stayed two nights in a wonderful location. Yes there were shared bathrooms but they were really nice. The food was excellent, The hot tub was fine. The location and the small community was excellent. We found it one of the most relaxing and of best value of all the more expensive places we stayed. People will really like this inn.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2010

We stayed for one night in june 2010.
This guesthouse seems to have a lot of different types of rooms in different buildings, so this may account for the very varied opinions on room quality in previous reviews.
We got a room in a brand new separate building very close to the main building. The building seemed to be completely new, they were still putting the finishing touches on the area outside the building as we arrived. The building seemed to be made up by prefabricated room units put together under a common roof, a concept that seems to be common in rural hotels in Iceland. The building had a common entrance into a hallway, so the entrance to each room is internal.
We found the rooms to be clean and neat, with a very reasonable standard for a "prefab container" type room. All in all a better room than the similar one we first got at Skaftafell Hotel.
There are no TV in the rooms, which did not bother us at all, others may disagree.
We did not see the other types of rooms (in the main building and in the cottages) so we can not comment on the quality of these.
If you book room here we would recommend that you try to get rooms in the new building, as the other rooms seems to be of more varied quality (possibly with a lower price).
The main building with the reception, dining room, lounge area and relaxation area is basically a rebuilt large farm building and is done in a modern style which we liked.
There is no internet access, but we were offered to use the internet connection in the reception office for shorter check of e-mails etc.
There is no restaurant as such, but they serve an evening meal. You have to order before five o'clock and there is only one choice each day. We found the food (soup and baked trout) to be very good, but not inexpensive.

As we also stayed two nights at the Skaftafell Hotel which is only a ten minute drive away, we could compare the two and the conclusion is that Frost and Fire offer much of the same as Skaftafell Hotel at a lower price. Differences are that the rooms at Frost and Fire are better (at least the ones we got), but they lack internet access and the breakfast and some other facilities is much more basic at Frost and Fire.
The Frost and Fire also has a spa / hot tub facility for their guests.
The price for the room at Frost and Fire may seem a bit high, but this is unfortunately not uncommon in rural Iceland and it was better value than Skaftafell Hotel. This area of Iceland seems to have a bit higher prices than some other areas.

The location is convenient for exploring the surrounding area.
For those not into Icelandic geography: please note that this is a very thinly populated area with only scattered farms and no villages. You have to drive for 1-2 hours to get to any village community. The hotel is located relatively close to the Skaftafell National Park Visitor Center (about 15-20 minutes drive with a car, definitly not walking distance).
In the immediate surrroundings there are a few farms with associated buildings, one smaller guesthouse, the old Hof church and also a building that seems to be some kind of school(?).


Liked:
Very clean and well maintained
Stylish interior of the main building
Helpful and positive staff
Location, convenient for exploring the Skaftafell and Orefi areas. The old Hof turf church is right next door.

Disliked:
No internet access
The spa / hot tub area only available after 4pm, would have been nice to use it in the morning also.
A bit basic breakfast (but not bad for a guesthouse type accomodation)
A little bit expensive. But better value for money than the Skaftafell Hotel.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Hof in Oraefi, Hofn 810, Iceland (Formerly Frost and Fire Guesthouse)
Location: Iceland > East Region > Hofn
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Spa
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Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Hofn
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Number of rooms: 70
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