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Vogafjos Guesthouse
2.0 of 5 Guest house   |   Vogafjosi | 660 Myvatn, Myvatn, Iceland   |  
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Ranked #2 of 6 Myvatn B&B and Inns
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“Very friendly staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012 via mobile

Stayed here in November 2011, usually when this area is covered by snow (which makes transport difficult), but we got lucky, no snow in sight.

Vogafjos Guesthouse, is basically a few log cabins on some farm land. The room was comfortable and had no significant issues.

The best thing about Vogafjos is it's location. Myvatn is a beautiful area and the isolation from the busy, modern world is refreshing. Vogafjos is even more isolated as it's separate from the nearest town (but not too far to walk).

The staff here were very friendly and helpful. We're vegetarian and we're struggling to find food to meet our requirements in North Iceland, but the chef here was happy to customise/create dishes for us.

Visting Myvatn was a great experience, staying at Vogafjos made it even better!

  • Stayed November 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

We had read about the lovely sounding Vogafjos cafe and accommodations, and when we arrived September 8th they had a room that would sleep 4 of us. The room was lovely, really nice fixtures, 4 single beds - with lovely linen and blankets. There were windows at either end of the room (for me to pathetically try and see the northern lights.. no luck.).

We walked over to have dinner and a few drinks - less than 5 minutes walk (although when it's dark, it's very dark out!). The food and staff at the cafe were fabulous. We were all happy with our meals - excellent presentation, big portions and very tasty. I was especially happy with my lamb shanks & desert! We worked our way through the local spirits also.. The next morning we were back from breakfast - this was the most stylish and tasty breakfast of our trip through Iceland. I don't think I even did it justice as I was still full from the night before! Again - staff were really lovely and attentive.

Downside - the bathroom was attached to the main room & the geothermal warm water has a noticeable sulphur smell as the water comes out of the taps.

Would I go back - yup :)

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

I had the pleasure of staying at Vogafjos during the off-season in October, and loved it. The room was warm, cosy, and clean and the beds very comfortable. Water in the shower is HOT. I love that the rooms are off the main highway; it is absolutely quiet all night. We had the good fortune to watch the northern lights--both from the front porch of our cabin, and from the hot pools at Myvatn Nature Baths. Marvelous!

I love the Cowshed Cafe that is part of the Guesthouse. Big floor to ceiling windows look out onto Myvatn Lake. Sunsets are brilliant! The cafe feels both ultra-modern and historic--which it is. The farm has been in the family for at least a couple generations, and it's still a working farm, with old outbuildings about the place. I loved looking out the windows at the old rock walls undulating down to the lake, I loved watching the cows being milked through windows in the cafe.
The breakfast is as good as any you'll get in Iceland: Fresh fruit; vegetables from a nearby greenhouse that grows vegetables year-round, specially-made Geysir Bread, muesli, dried fruit, eggs, crackers, farm-made cheese and other exotic cheeses, local jams, etc. etc., all served buffet-style. You won't leave hungry. The dinners are wonderful, too, with fresh salads, including one of my favorite greens--Kale--and the chef employs the use of Angelica seeds creatively in a number of dishes and breads. Angelica is native to the region and you'll find it's lovely white flowerheads rising from green compound leaves along the roadsides and fields. Local lamb cooks for 2.5 hours before it is served; local arctic char graces the menu. Anyone familiar with the 100-Mile Diet would find this place wonderful. It exemplifies the 0-Mile Diet!

So many local activities are close by, so Vogafjos serves as a perfect base. Hot springs, waterfalls, an ice cave, great hiking, birding, horseback riding, and even the coast is quite close. I stayed a couple nights at Vogafjoss, and wished I'd had more time. As far as the season, Myvatn felt magical in the fall, with the autumn leaves and crisp sunny days. I can imagine the winter being even more magical. Why not fly to North Iceland from Reykjavik, rent a car, and enjoy the peace and quiet!

  • Stayed October 2012, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

It was raining when we arrived on September 9th and after a quick check-in we were shown the room which was about a normal 3-4 minute walk from where meals were served. It was a very modern guesthouse lodge with twin beds and very clean. Room was small but that is typical of the accommodations in the small villages. We had a great dinner watching cows being milked in their attached cow barn. Great fun and most unusual. Food was well prepared and staff was extremely pleasant. The next morning we awoke to a raging blizzard with 50 mph winds and many inches of very wet snow. Power went out throughout the village and road travel was impossible as all roads were closed. We had to spend a second night (booked for one) as we and other guests were trapped. The staff did an outstanding job of taking care of all guests, making phone calls to cancel onward reservations, checking with the road crews regarding road and weather conditions all the while serving meals and providing a comfortable environment to wait out the conditions. We would definitely stay here again. The staff went beyond the call of duty to see to it that every guest was taken care of. Regards, Jeff and Gwenn

  • Stayed September 2012, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

We had a nice stay here for our 1 night in Myvatn. The room was nice, clean, spacious and felt cozy. There was no real view from the room itself, but it wasn't far to the lake or any of the area attractions. The breakfast was great! Good selection, high quality stuff...and the staff were friendly, giving us suggestions where to go hiking and what else to see. The room was expensive, but so were most of the hotels in Iceland and this place had some character -- if that's important to you!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

Reception and restaurant are a 3-4 minute walk and on the other side of the actual rooms. The room we stayed in was #25, had no view, and was small. Nonetheless we were very comfortable and at this point in the road trip we expected it. The hospitality and the unique setting of the lodging and its restaurant was worth the stay. Long story short we had to stay and extra night because of an unexpected snow blizzard that knocked out power and closed the roads. The hotel did a phenomenal job on taking care of the guests and maintained their composure and service. I would stay again.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tenerife, Spain
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

This is exactly what happened to us. The rooms shown in the www.booking.com have wooden walls and are over 20 sq meters. The room shown to us at check in wasnt bigger than 12 sq m, white walls, spartan, less furniture as there was no space for it, and rather claustrophobic.

We insisted we wanted the room we had booked. It was hard but in the end we got it.

Our interpretation is...
There are 20 rooms the original size and decor... In two buildings...
There is another building at the end of the complex that looks similar but the rooms are much worse.
They charge exactly the same for both, and they show only the first type in the webs.
When you arrive, they decide (who knows what is the criteria, if it is age, nationality, your size or they simply toss a coin) whether they give you the comfortable room or the much smaller one.

Having worked in the tourist bussiness all my life I have never seen such a thing. You dont book a jeep and then get a micra, and their excuse is that they are "fully booked". You may get upgraded but I have never heard you get "downgraded". Even less at this price.

I think the honest thing to do was to offer two types of room at two different prices.

Having said this, the "nice huts" are quite comfortable, but I think they are overpriced. I suppose this area is quite popular and they charge this, simply because they get full anyway. The huts are not soundproof and you hear it rather loud when people use toilet or shower next door. No views from the huts either.

Breakfast was excellent, great variety and nice setting. I liked the view of the cows but I must admit the smell is not so pleasant to mix it with food.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Vogafjosi | 660 Myvatn, Myvatn, Iceland
Location: Iceland > Northeast Region > Myvatn
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Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #2 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Myvatn
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Hotel Class:2 star — Vogafjos Guesthouse 2*
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