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Gamla fjosid

Hvassafell, Hvolsvollur 861, Iceland
+354 487 7788
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good33%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“steak sandwich” (55 reviews)
“bread” (39 reviews)
“soup” (37 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM Hours
European, Soups, Scandinavian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Hvassafell, Hvolsvollur 861, Iceland
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Need to visit an amazing find absolutely delicious food, staff were so helpful. all meals are home cooked we were offered seconds at no extra charge. Great service have advised our hotel to recommend to other visitors. So glad we found this cafe/restaurant. Will visit...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank khorseman
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A beautiful unexpected surprise on the north coast. Loved the food (soup, trout salad and steak sandwich my favorites!) the beautiful atmosphere and decor. The coloring kit for the kids was very much appreciated!

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank iriniirini
Reviewed November 7, 2018 via mobile

Really good burgers here for a good price. Nice local feel to this restaurant and very good service.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank climberdiver123
Reviewed October 26, 2018

We ate dinner at this restaurant based on excellent reviews. We had the grilled hamburgers which were prepared with locally sourced beef and they were delicious. They also served Viking beer for only 300 ISK per bottle which was by far the lowest price I...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank crpeter2450
Reviewed October 24, 2018 via mobile

Cozy, cute farm house type restaurant. One of the better meals we had in Iceland. They give you a free second serving on the soup which is nice. I recommend.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank AliciaStyers
Reviewed October 21, 2018

Langoustines were good. A little overcooked but still good. Good place for dinner. Service was good also.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank partraveler
Reviewed October 16, 2018 via mobile

My fiancée and I stopped here after visiting Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss on a windy and rainy night. The steak sandwich was delicious and the volcano soup and hot chocolate were perfect to warm up after being out in the cold seeing the beautiful landscapes. What...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank patrickoE5275GA
Reviewed October 14, 2018

The ferry at Landeyahöfn would be 2h late and the staff recommended this place for lunch while we waited. Gamla fjosid (Old Cow) is a 20' drive W and a nice green salad with langoustines was well worth it.

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank Marcelo_EG
Reviewed October 6, 2018 via mobile

My wife and I stopped in for dinner at the end of our day in Iceland. We both had the Farmers burger and were not disappointed. Grilled and seasoned to perfection, with fried onions and mushrooms, salad and fries. Very delicious and reasonable prices for...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank 843keng
Reviewed September 23, 2018

Very good food! The location is easy to find and there is plenty of parking. You can sit outside or inside. Everyone enjoyed the decor and the food. Soup of the day was amazing. You can sit anywhere, just have to be patient as it...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Bonnie5901
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Erica L
December 10, 2016|
Response from Linda R | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I believe they do, if you look at the menu there seem to be some gluten free options like for example the cured cow meat, sheriffs salat, the lobster if you skip the toast, tenderloin ... I would contact them just in... More
Kristy W
November 29, 2016|
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Response from Helga J | Reviewed this property |
Hi, on this bank´s website you can converse currencies landsbankinn.is
August 27, 2016|
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Response from glinglo | Property representative |
The restaurant has ramps for wheelchairs both on the inside and outside and should be accessible to everyone. You might need to drive up near the entrance for easier access for a wheelchair
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Scenic view, Families with children, Special occasions, Kids, Local cuisine, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Hvassafell, Hvolsvollur 861, Iceland (Formerly Gamla fjosio)
  • Location: Europe  >  Iceland  >  South Region  >  Hvolsvollur
  • Phone Number: +354 487 7788
  • E-mail
The Old Cowhouse is a warm and welcoming family restaurant. That takes pride in offering fresh products from local area. All the meat on the menu is 100% free range and unprocessed, straight from the farm! Fresh vegetable from our garden. We bake our own bread with wheat and barley from our neighbours at Þorvaldseyri. COME JOIN US FOR AN AUTHENTIC ICELANDIC EXPERIENCE
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