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“Hospitality Plus” 5 of 5 stars
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Grand Guesthouse Gardakot
Gardakot, Vik, Iceland   |  
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Ranked #1 of 7 Vik B&B and Inns
Red Deer, Canada
2 reviews
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“Hospitality Plus”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

We were greeted by the Junior Hostess, Greta, She did an exceptional job of getting us settled and explaining everything. We then met Eva and her husband and they both made us feel at home. The accommodations are 5-star and the breakfasts were wonderful.This is an ideal "home base" for exploring the VIK area. Our every need was met.
I would love to return.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

Eva and her guesthouse is extraordinary, and I don't think there is a nicer experience you could get in this area, or even all of Iceland. My wife and I went here on our anniversary, and it is a great place for a romantic get-a-way, but it was also well suited to families and solo-travelers/friends.

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  • Stayed March 2013, 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

We stayed for one night at the Grand Guesthouse Gardakot whilst exploring southern Iceland. We had booked this guesthouse as we were due to go on a glacier walk nearby the next day, however due to bad weather the walk was cancelled. Despite our plans changing we were very happy we had made the trip from Reykjavik to this lovely area and in particular to this lovely guesthouse. The location is stunning and the welcome warm and friendly. Moments after being shown to our lovely clean and spacious en suite room we were being treated to tea and homemade cake. The breakfast was equally tasty and plentiful with a great choice of breads, jams, cereals and pancakes. It was a shame we only had one night here and we will definately return to the Grand Guesthouse Gardakot on our next trip to Iceland. Highly recommend.

  • Stayed March 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

We had the most perfect stay in this lovely B&B last weekend. The setting is breathtaking, between snow top mountains and the black beaches, yet only ten minutes drive from Vik. The house itself is newly renovated, everything looks beautiful with great attention to detail. And Eva is the best hostess and a fabulous cook, there were always delicious homemade cakes and breads available and we were even encouraged to take some with us for the day. And as a bonus, we saw the northern lights from our bedroom window! If you go to South Iceland, make sure you stay there.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

I cannot speak highly enough about this place. The first thing that strikes you as you approach Gardakot is the gorgeous setting on the outskirts of Vik. Then you enter the restored farm building and are given the warmest welcome by Eva, the hostess. She prepared tea for our group of four and greeted us with a table full of home made cakes and pastries in the generous kitchen/dining area and came early in the morning to bake bread and pastries and prepare pancakes for breakfast. She is very approachable and knowledgeable about the area and helped point out the faint northern lights to us newbies before they got very bright.

I stayed in the west facing room upstairs, which was as cosy, impeccably clean and stylishly and tastefully decorated as the rest of the house and the shared bathroom. The downstairs rooms are ensuite. We had a great view of the spectacular aurora borealis from our bed. The lounge area has a large TV and comfortable sofa, and the house has a solid and speedy wifi connection.

My stay at Gardakot was a memorable one and I would definitely stay there again if I am in southern Iceland. Thank you Eva!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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
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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

if you ever go to the Vik region, do stay at the Grand Guesthouse Gardakot!

this is by far the best B&B i have stayed in. We were looking for quaint and authentic, the farmhouse is actually newly renovated. Still very charming and warm, beds were comfortable and everything is new and clean. but above all, Eva is best hostess.
We were greeted late afternoon with a nice cup of tea and homemade cakes.when hearing that i had a bad cold, she rushed to the mainhouse to get some fresh ginger and lemon.
for breakfast, freshly made pancakes (Icelandic lummur, the best pancakes i have ever eaten).

Icelandic people are all lovely, but by far, she is the warmest & friendliest of all!
we were coming from the west on main road 1, we found the place very easily: we had a gps with the road numbers, the map at the start of the road is super easy to follow. their driveway also has the gardakot sign.

we were lucky enough to see the northern lights from outside the house, one bedroom upstairs also has a massive window facing west, so you can see the lights from your own bed!

i cannot recommend it enough.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

Out of the five places we stayed in Iceland his was the nicest place. A very warm welcome, the house was beautiful and very clean. The home cooked breakfast is something not to be missed. We could not recommend staying there highly enough. If we have another opportunity to go back to Iceland this would be his first place we would book.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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Address: Gardakot, Vik, Iceland
Location: Iceland > South Region > Vik
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Ranked #1 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Vik
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 4
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