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Frost and Fire Hotel
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Hveragerdi
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London
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“Stunning views”
Reviewed February 27, 2009

Sadly only stayed here one night at the end of our trip. It's an amazing place. The rooms are lovely, and have breath-taking views across the river and mountains. They're all really modern with amazing art work. A real step up from your average guesthouse. It was snowing and blowing a gale literally when we stayed so couldn't quite brave the hot tubs, pool or sauna, but their location is great on the river bank. We had an early flight to catch and the staff made us up a packed breakfast. It's about an hour from the main airport, and well worth a stay even if you're only passing through like us.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 28, 2008

We had a party of four who stayed here one night on the last day of August, 2008. We had originally booked at a chain hotel but it was so expensive that we had to search for more affordable accommodation. I found the hotel website on recommendation of fellow travelers on this site (Thank You) http://www.frostandfire.is/english/home.html On sending off an e-mail requesting availability of two rooms with private baths I got a rapid response saying they did not have that open but had a two room cabin with a shared bath. This fit our needs and I grabbed it immediately slashing our costs by half from the first place.
This is a very charming farm guesthouse accommodation. The place is easy to find on the ring road. After the gas station on Rte 1 at Skaftafell National Park proceed about 10 mins eastward until the turnoff on the left. It is well marked but if one is speeding can be easily missed. Go a couple of hundred feet in, turn right at the fork where the quaint church is and the a left after about 50 ft. or so. Hof is a very small village. The reception area is in the main building which has 9 rooms in what was apparently a schoolhouse at one time. A sign outside warns that shoes need to be taken off...there is a small alcove with a couple of chairs where one may do this. When we got there at around 4:30 pm there was no one at the desk. We explored the ground floor area which includes a large tiled lounge tastefully decorated in a contemporary style and a big TV. An attached dining area revealed an inviting room, tiled with several dining tables, a serving area and a glass front refrigerator with drinks. We did not find any sign of life and eventually saw a small not on the reception desk directing us to the house in front of the main building. There we found a friendly woman who was very welcoming and accompanied us back to the main building.

We checked in and were directed to a cabin set a a hundred yards away. There was a cluster of 4 cabins (chalets says the website) at a lightly wooded area bordering on a large fenced in are with two dozen or more sheep. The other side slopes up with horses grazing there. An picturesque site enhanced by the faint smell of manure as a breeze wafts down the valley.

The cabin had a common unlocked entryway which lead to a short corridor with rooms at each end and a common bathroom in the middle. The rooms were small but very cozy especially as they were all wood. The rooms were clean, the beds firm and comfortable. There was plenty of hot water in the showers.It was very quiet at night, even the sheep were asleep. Did not here any roosters as one would have expected.

Breakfast, included in the tariff, included boiled eggs, several types of bread/crackers, sliced cheeses and cold cuts, cereal and the Icelandic Skyr that is to die for.

We did not partake of the Dinner the previous night but there is apparently a different fish dish every night with meat (lamb) as an alternative.We had chosen instead to hike in the National Park that evening.

Checkout was a breeze and the whole experience cost us 23,500 ISK

Stayed August 2008
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Reviewed June 10, 2008

This place is in a reasonable location on the northern edge of town, but is probably a bit too far to walk in for most people. Look out for the sign on the right as you exit town. I sailed past it and ended up at the golf course. The entrance to the guest house is just over the crest of a hill and is therefore easy to miss.

We were greeted by a thoroughly pleasant German girl who showed us to our room and then gave us a quick tour of the facilities. She went out of her way to make us welcome and offer assistance. This made her somewhat unique as a host in Iceland! She was only there for the summer of '08 but at least it shows the owners of the guest house are getting the right staff in.

The room was clean, modern and of a decent size, and all the fixtures and facilities seemed to work. The locally derived artwork which decorates the place wasn't to my taste, but once again it shows the owners are trying to make things nice and interesting. More points scored. But points lost for the bed, which was, as usual for Iceland, 2 overly soft singles pushed together. It was tolerable though.

The guesthouse has two hot tubs and a decent sized swimming pool. The pool is almost as hot as the tubs. I can't remember ever being tempted to criticise a swimming pool for being too warm before! There's also a sauna and a couple of reading rooms. We preferred to sit on the balcony and take in the clear air and river views. This really is a nice place to relax.

Breakfast was the Iceland standard - cereals, ham, cheese, toast and fish. Quite acceptable, but none of the fried food Americans are used to. It was served from 8:30am on weekends, which was a bit later than I'd have liked.

I can only think of two things that let this guest house down. The first is the bathroom - it's tiny! I could stand in the middle and touch the front and back walls with my outstretched hands. If I put my shoulder against one side wall I could touch the other side wall with my fingertips! It didn't really cause a problem, it was more astonishing than anything else!

The other issue did cause a significant problem: the room had skylights with no blinds. In Iceland in summer the sun doesn't set until 3am and it's up again an hour later, so it's still broad daylight at midnight. If you can't sleep in daylight you're going to have a problem here. I really suffered with this and I got about 4 hours sleep each night we stayed here. (As we were leaving I did notice that some other rooms appeared to be of a different design to ours and didn't have the skylights - you might want to check if such a room can me made properly dark.)

That issue aside, we really enjoyed our stay here. It's a great location with lots of good hikes to do and a very active geothermal area literally just out of the back door. It's the only place I stayed at in Iceland I'd return to without thinking twice.

  • Stayed June 2008
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Cheshire, UK
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Reviewed May 27, 2008

This was our second hotel on our Icelandic Honeymoon. We travelled very easily by bus from the Blue Lagooon area to Hveragerdi - the bus was 1200isk from the blue lagoon to Reykjavik and then 1000isk from Reykjavik to Hveragerdi. The bus dropped us off in the centre of the town and then we had a 20minute walk up hill with the cases to the guesthouse.

The first think that greets you is the smell of sulphur outside the front of the guesthouse, as there are 2 hot springs there. But don't let this put you off, it soon disperses.

We stayed in the main part of the guesthouse, I think it was room 4. Very large room, with views out onto the river on one side and then a door out close to the patio the other. Only problem was it was directly above the sauna, so got very hot, especially at night and sometimes you could smell the suphur. One plus is that our clothes always dreid quickly.

The main draws of this guesthouse were the views, but also the swimming pool, 2 hot spots and the sauna - great to come back to after a day out.

Whilst we stayed here we walked up the valley to a point were you can bathe in the river because it is heated by the thermal springs. We then went snorkelling with Dive.is at Silfra in the Thingvellir National Park - Tobias is fantastic. The last day we hired a car (because the summer season didn't start for another week, so not many buses) and headed for Gulfoss and Geysir, we then travelled back towards Thingvellir National Park.

The only negative thing I have to say about this place was the lady in charge whilst we were there - we don't think she was the owner. Unfortunately she didn't have much knowledge to be able to advise us (we wanted to check bus times because it was a Sunday and we weren't sure if they were different - her reply was "I don't know" which wasn't very helpful), also she was always watching over you at breakfast which was slightly intimidating. Otherwise a fantastic guesthouse and we would stay again.

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  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed January 18, 2008

My girlfriend and I went to Iceland for Labor Day weekend 2007. We stayed at the Frost and Fire Guesthouse for one night after completing the "Golden Circle" that day. This town / hotel are in the perfect location for this if you want to avoid the cost of Reykjavik or just see something outside of the city.

This is a very cool little town. There are nice hikes you can take directly behind the guesthouse. The pool / natural hot tubs at the place are very nice and scenic along the river.

We stayed in the main part of the guesthouse, although they do offer private cottages. The room was nice and very clean. The bathroom was a little small, but no big deal.

We had dinner at the pizza restaurant next to the grocery store in town and had ice cream at the shop next door. Both were fine - fairly good by Iceland standards. Unfortunately, we did not have time to stay for breakfast at the guesthouse, so I cannot comment on the food. It is included in the price though.

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  • Stayed September 2006, traveled as a couple
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boston
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Reviewed September 6, 2007

Loved it-beautiful location ovverlooking the steaming river- mountains behind dotted with thermal pools. A lovely hike to a modest waterfall right out the backdoor. After the probably rainy hike you can ease yourslef into one of the 3 thermal pots or pool. Elegant rooms a hearty breakfast. And grab a hotdog in the town cheap and delicious. One drawback was the staff was not around to give much needed advice for Iceland is not so easy to navigate.

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  • Stayed September 2006, traveled with family
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Hillsborough, CA
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Reviewed August 23, 2007

Recently built (or perhaps renovated) hotel right on the river. My children loved skipping stones in the river out the back deck. Thermal hotspot area - you can smell the sulfur in the area. Nice location to drive up to the Geysir or even into the interior. Rooms are very clean and modern looking. Small bathrooms. Staff very helpful. Supposedly had a heated pool for use but it was being filled when we arrived so we couldn't use it. Don't serve dinner there. Sister hotel Frost & Funi by Skaftafell Glacier was not as nice as this one.

  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with family
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Property: Frost and Fire Hotel
Address: Hverhamar, Hveragerdi 810, Iceland
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Location: Iceland > South Region > Hveragerdi
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Hveragerdi
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Frost and Fire Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 22
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