Every outstanding report from previous reviewers is true! We traveled with our 5 and 3 year-old children. We're selective about hotels, and this was a fantastic choice. Johann and Margaret are parents too, and they made our family feel at home. From their kind but not overbearing approach, to the size of the hotel (so manageable for the kids), to the yummy meals, where our kids ate tons of Johann's amazing waffles and the cold cuts at breakfast, and Margaret made buttered noodles and chocolate milk just for them at dinner.
We booked 4 nights in Reykjavik, and 3 nights at the Volcano Hotel, and did day trips. We were able to cover from Borgarnes to Jokulsarlon pretty thoroughly. There is SO much accessible within a reasonable drive of Vik! We took one day en route from Reykjavik through horse country and waterfalls, one day east to Jokulsarlon and Skaftafell/Vatnajokull, and one day on a half day "Super Jeep" tour with Johann, and visiting Dyrolahaey on our own. If you do one thing, do the Jeep Tour with Johann! And do it early in your stay, as you will then have the history of the area (which is fascinating). As always, he was courteous, and full of information, but not overbearing - just the right kind of host. Our private tour included the glacier, lava sands, clifftops, and history, all at our own pace with the kids. He even had lots of patience with my endless photo-taking, because scenery is just stupendous!
But Johann really went above and beyond for our daughter. During our Super Jeep Tour, high on a 450 foot cliff above Vik, the wind was whipping. He warned us to keep a tight hold of the kids. We all stayed well back and admired the view. As we turned to leave, an enormous gust snatched her favorite winter hat off her head, soaring high up and over the cliff edge. Clearly it was gone forever. She tried to be a big girl, but really cried. He recommended a place to buy a substitute. Later that evening, as our family pulled into the hotel lot, he met us at our car with the hat!! He had seen the hat from above on an afternoon tour. It was near the top, but he couldn't climb down to it, so he climbed UP. Probably hundreds of feet, to bring her that crazy hat. We now call it the 'miracle' hat. She was so pleased - now she even has 2 hats! And needless to say, Johann and the "Super Jeep" are heroes now.
So, just do it - stay with Margaret and Johann- you will truly be well taken care of, and will feel at home in this amazing country.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Volcano Hotel is a very nice country hotel in the area of Mýrdalur valley, by the southern most tip of Iceland. We have only 7 spacious and beautiful rooms at the hotel, the rooms are decorated in Scandinavian style, with hard wood floors and light interiors. All our rooms have private bathroom with shower, shampoo, soaps and a hairdryer. There is a nice lounge/dining room with a bar at Volcano Hotel and dinner is available for our guests, if it is booked in advance - latest the morning of your arrival. We take price in offering a personal service and know the importance of meeting a local, so do chat with us and ask us about anything in Iceland - we're happy to help. ... more less
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