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“Not enough facilities” 2 of 5 stars
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The Volcano Huts Thorsmork
Husadalur | Thorsmork, Hvolsvollur 861, Iceland   |  
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Yorkshire, England
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Not enough facilities”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Camped here while trekking south to Skogar. Good news is the camp ground itself is flat, grassy and well maintained - so we got a decent night's sleep. Facilities are major disappointment - just one men's toilet for what is quite a large site (so there were queues.....sigh). The saunas didn't work, and the showers quickly ran out of hot water. All in all - a bit rubbish.

Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Happy Valley, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013 via mobile

This place is more like a campground than a hotel...basic small rooms are clean, bathrooms are shared, one shower facility in a separate building, food is very basic. A dinner example: a small salad bar, a main course buffet consisting of ribs, fingerling potatoes, and gravy; and carrot cake for dessert. The manager is a great guy, and the surrounding area is perfect for hiking.

Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
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Calgary, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

The Thorsmork area is definitely worth visiting despite being awkward to get to. The Volcano Huts are the only option in the entire area for "private" accommodation. The huts are small and basic but adequate. Cooking options are very limited. The huts are about 100m from the Lodge and shared bathroom facilities. The prepared food at the Lodge is expensive and poor. Poor, limited selection, and poorly prepared. No effort at all. Do some planning and bring your own simple food.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Arnhem, Gelderland, Netherlands
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

Good for hikers - in that point of view it's a great stay! 'Rooms' are very small and expensive (€ 100 night, double bed). Dinner was made without love - instead of that, the cook used fat. Use this accommodation for max. 2 days. The hikes in the area are gorgeous.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Astoria, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

After the Reykjavik Excursions bus misplaced my bag and I ended up in Thorsmork wearing the clothes I had run the Laugavegur in, the manager was absolutely wonderful. The quintessential host, he made sure I had a place to sleep (my tent and sleeping bag were with my pack), dry clothes to wear and food to eat. He also spoke with the bus company to track down my bag.

I highly recommend this place.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ispra, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

We stayed at the Volcano huts over the Summer and it was a truly unforgettable experience. The accommodation is warm and comfortable, with bunk beds and a small kitchenette. There is a sauna and a hot outdoor pool which you can warm up in after a cold day's hiking. Then there is a common room where you eat meals and hang out on comfy sofas. The food is absolutely delicious - when we were there we had probably the best lamb I have ever tried. Every morning you also get a hearty buffet breakfast. This is exactly the kind of place you want to stay at if you are an outdoors hiking kind of person. Not too many frills, but extremely good where it counts - warm, cosy, excellent food and good spots to relax.

Then of course there is the location. It is situated a long way down a very bumpy track, which involves several river crossings, including one which is best not attempted by anything but the most hardened 4x4s (we saw one small tourist bus get stuck)! No matter though, there is a modified off-road bus which will take you from the main road, or from any point along the track. When you arrive you find yourself in the middle of the Icelandic wilderness - not a sign of civilisation for miles and miles - just the mountains, the river and the glacier, and of course the huts at Thorsmork. And of course there are myriad opportunities for beautiful hikes on your doorstep.

So overall this is a great place for hikers, people who love the outdoors, or anyone who wants to get away from it all. I should also mention that the staff are extremely friendly, and in fact when I accidentally left my phone there, the manager posted it back to the UK for me free of charge. Would totally recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed September 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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Winters
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

When we were planning our trip to Iceland we discovered the busses weren't going to be running into Thorsmork the day we planned on going. Magnus, one of the owners, emailed that he would be available to drive us in. We are so glad that he made it all work out for us. The drive in was one of our more memorable and exciting experiences and our time at the Volvanoe Huts and Thorsmork allowed us to see one of the most beautiful and representative areas in all of Iceland. We were lucky enough to meet Magnus's family and to get close to their entire staff, all of whom make the atmosphere one of acceptance, inclusion and family. They are able to offer a variety of accommodations (cabins, dorms and camping), a fabulous restaurant/social area (try their Apple/Lemon cake), sauna/hot spring and a massage yurt, most of which are not available at the other two accommodation options in the area. With all the energy, friendliness and future plans of Magnus and his staff, I can see nothing but greatness and success for what he is attempting to create in Thorsmork. Hopefully, this will open this beautiful valley up to more travelers in Iceland's future.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Additional Information about The Volcano Huts Thorsmork

Address: Husadalur | Thorsmork, Hvolsvollur 861, Iceland
Location: Iceland > South Region > Hvolsvollur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 7 Specialty Lodging in Hvolsvollur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Volcano Huts are located in Húsadalur Valley in the Þórsmörk Nature Reserve in Iceland, right next to the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano & Glacier. The unique nature of the Þórsmörk area make this an ideal place for any nature and hiking enthusiast.We offer rustic mountain hut accommodation, local food, tours and activities for groups and individuals. You can even host your event, meeting or conference here. You can stay in one of our private bedrooms, small cottages, shared mountain hut dormitories and camping grounds.Þórsmörk Nature Reserve (pronounced Thorsmork in English) has one of Iceland’s most dynamic and beautiful landscapes, where active volcanoes and towering glaciers rise above the lush valleys below. The Þórsmörk area has endless hiking trails and is connected to the Landmannalaugar Nature Reserve via the Laugavegur hiking trail. ... more   less 
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