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“Perfect place for Icelandic experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Glymur

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Hotel Glymur
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Akranes
Certificate of Excellence
Salisbury, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“Perfect place for Icelandic experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2012

The staff were very friendly and helpful as at Ranga. We stayed in a villa which was heaven, a bit of privacy, your own hot tub under the stars; dead chilly getting in and out but well worth it! The food was delicious every day and there were many places we could get to for adventures. We drove into Reyk for Mass on Sunday and miraculously found the Cathedral in time. We visited Glymur Falls which were out of season but fairy footprints in the snow led us to magical cave and onwards to the Falls. Bridge across river taken away in Winter so it is up to you how far you go.
Visited the Geysir and lots of Falls, found healthy respect for changeable weather and serious wintry conditions, we just had to take more care walking and driving. Fabulous country with vast expanses of wilderness, white and blue, wild ponies, waterfalls, glaciers; so much to see.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Hampshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2012

We really didn't know what to expect when we made the long drive up to the hotel Gylmur in the dark last week. But the welcome was warm, and the room (a suite in one of the outlying cottages) was fabulous. Natural geological heat for the hot tub made it an incrediblely indulgent experience in the snow. The menu was a bit limited, and occasionally the standard of service let the hotel down, but there is a genuine willingness to please, and to make your stay memorable. i would recommend it to anyone wanting a warm, comfortable and beautifully-positioned place to stay in Western iceland. We would happily go back.

Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thatcham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2012

I travelled to Iceland with my Dad for a long weekend, hoping to see the Northern Lights. We chose Hotel Glymur because of its location out of town, and its great reputation. We stayed in the Villa Natura. The trip was perfect in every way. The Villa was well appointed, the views were amazing and the hot tub was great. We ate in the hotel every night and the food was very good. The staff were welcoming and very helpful. They even called us in our villa to let us know the Northern Lights had been sighted. We had a wonderful time, toured the local area, visited Reykjavik and most importantly we saw the Aurora two nights out of three. A perfect weekend that I would recommend to anyone.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2012

Some friends decided to get married in Iceland and picked the hotel Glymur for their nuptuals as there is a lovely little church just a short walk away. I won't go on about the wedding but the staff at the Glymur did a fantastic job in assisting with their plans and made it a day to remember.

We decided to splash out a bit on a cabin at the Glymur. My word, these are simply gorgeous. Spacious, warm, fantastic views - you could not ask for more. They really have the wow factor and are well worth spending the extra dosh. All are surrounded by decking and have a hot tub outside. This was my first experience of a hot tub - soaking in the warm water drinking champagne and looking out at the fantastic views. Life really does not get much better than this.

Food was also fantastic at the Glymur. Breakfasts were the help yourself kind but with a lot of variety and enough choice for me (vegetarian). Evening meals had been pre-arranged by the wedding party but it was clear some thought had gone into the vegetarian option which was appreciated.

Room Tip: Get the very front cabin, no one to look over you!
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Warrimoo, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2012

We booked one of the cabins at Hotel Glymur - the Couture. It was fantastic, with views of the fjord, which looked stunning in mornings and evenings and for the rest of the day. The outdoor geothermally heated bath is always 40 degree Celsius and it's a lovely way to see the view. The cooking facilities are also excellent, if you want to save some money - even if one has to drive to Akranes to purchase the food.

When you wake up at this cabin, you realise why it's worth every cent - I can't imagine many places better to stay. Another note - you can't book the cabins online, you have to ring the staff, who were very helpful all along the line.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Keflavik, Iceland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2012

We went there for a little anniversary getaway. We were met by very friendly staff who from the beginning made the whole stay feel like we were among friends. The rooms were really nice and the chefs prepared meals for us that were simply out of this world.
The scenery is just wonderful. We went out on a few walks in the beautiful nature in Hvalfjordur and spent our evenings looking up at the starry sky, which was made even more beautiful because of how far away we were from any towns. We will definitely be going again.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Hamburg
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2012

Had a two night stay at the hotel glymur. It was a warm and lovely place with a lot of trolls around! We used this accomodation as a base camp for our daytrips to the north-western part around snaeffels. The breakfast was very good as well. The only thing i expected different are bigger rooms.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Glymur
Address: Hvalfjorder (Whale Fjord) - Northern Shore, Akranes, Iceland
Location: Iceland > West Region > Akranes
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Akranes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Glymur 3.5*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Romantic boutique hotel, only 75 min from Keflavik International Airport. Located on a high hillside over viewing the sea. The hotel has 22 mini-suite, spa area, library, piano-bar, conference facilities and magical surroundings. The hotel has a large art collection and beautiful restaurant. Looking for something different? This is it. ... more   less 
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