We stayed at the Frost and Fire Guesthouse for one night in August 2010. Overall, this was not a bad stay by any stretch, but it certainly wasn't special either.
As many people have noted on Tripadvisor, there's a pretty significant difference between the main guesthouse, which is super nice and renovated, and the rest of the cottages/buildings scattered around the farm complex. We happened to stay in a building outside of the main guesthouse. A few observations:
1) Rooms were decently sized with comfortable beds and ample heating; the common room was nice and the two shared facilities bathrooms were clean.
2) There was a kitchen available that had absolutely nothing in it other than a hot water boiler, which really limited the ability to cook (my suspicion is that they do this intentionally to shunt you towards their dinner, which was about 4400 kronur or more than $35 US).
3) There was wireless available in the main guesthouse but not the other complexes.
The staff reception was mediocre - they didn't seem overly welcoming and warm, which was a change from all of the other places that we had been to in Iceland. Breakfast was decent, standard fare for Iceland hotels. I can't comment on the dinner because we were on a budget.
The main advantage of this place is location. First of all, the surrounding area is gorgeous (see some of the accompanying pictures). Second, if you want to stay near Skaftafell National Park, you have a very limited number of options. There's Frost and Fire, Litla-Hof (which is a similar property near Frost and Fire), and Hotel Skaftafell, which is right near the park that is uber-expensive. Based on what I've read from reviews, you don't get much more by staying at Hotel Skaftafell than by staying at Frost and Fire. So in that sense, Frost and Fire's price (about $180/night for our group of 3 adults and one baby) was a bargain compared to the alternatives. Having said that, we paid more to stay here than any other place in Iceland and this was by far the most mediocre of our accommodations.
Bottom line: if you want to stay near Skaftafell, this is likely the best value of your options. It's not a good value compared to other places in Iceland. You probably won't leave raving about the place, but nor will you leave thinking that you got totally ripped off. If you do stay here, try to get into the main guesthouse as the rooms are more recently renovated.
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