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“Iceland has many stories to tell”

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Heradsskolinn Hostel
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Reviewed February 9, 2014

We enjoyed the very warm welcome of the owner of the house. He took us immediately on a tour through the newly renovated but dignified halls of the former school. The rooms are straight forward but very comfortable (especially the beds) and offer a lot of plug sockets - very helpful nowadays for cameras, laptops, tablets, mobiles,... There are books in many different languages in each room and in the main hall available. Just in case you do not know what to do with your time - which will hardly happen - the Heradsskolinn is prepared. The view out of the windows of the rooms - as it was off-season we were lucky enough to look into quite a few of the rooms - is astonishing and beautiful. A direct view over the lake and over the adjacent Fontana Hot Pots (Hot Springs - I highly recommend a visit there at night times) will make you forget time and space.
The public kitchen is quite reduced at the moment - only two hot plates and very little dishes are available - but I guess this is more than enough for most travellers. And we were told that this will be improved within the next months.
Use the oportunity to sit in the main hall at night times and enjoy some drinks while chatting with other guests or the hosts. Iceland has many stories to tell.
Overall, I can only recommend to plan Heradsskolinn as a checkpoint on your Iceland visit. Its central location to the surrounding sites (Geysirs, the amazing waterfall Gullfoss,etc.), its personnel and the whole setup of this place will make your stay worth your while. We will definitely stay there again.

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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank Peter K
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sverrirsteinn, Owner at Heradsskolinn Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded February 13, 2014

Thank you so much for this beautiful review Peter. It was so nice having you at our hostel - we actually learned a lot because you also have many stories to tell and some good food you cook. Most likely it will appear on our menu this summer.

Best wishes to you both from us here at Laugarvatn

Sverrir Steinn

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Reviewed February 4, 2014

Since the first moment we steped on that house, we had a magical feeling! We were received by the owner (Sverrir, a great guy!) who gave us a warm welcome and showed us the place around. He said we would have great dreams and we actually had! We had a beatiful room with views to the lake and the volcano Hekla.
We really enjoyed our days there, we even stayed longer as expected! We had lovely meals, nice conversationes, we played the guitar in the cozy living-room/library and we saw the northern lights!!! What else can be expected?!
It was a very beautiful time which we will never forget! I deffinately recommend this hostel made with love, so anybody can foget it! We will come back, for sure..it is such a nice excuse to go back to magical Iceland and meet our friends again! :)

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Andriuxeta
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sverrirsteinn, Owner at Heradsskolinn Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded February 13, 2014

Hello Andrea,

Thank you so much for your beautiful review. It was our pleasure having you and Katja at our hostel. Even the northern lights were happy having you here at Laugarvatn. We look forward to welcome you guys again, hopefully as soon as possible.

Best regards from "sunny" Iceland

Sverrir Steinn

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Reviewed February 2, 2014

Newly refurbished, which made everything very clean and new. The facilities were great, as well as the staff was very helpful. If you are searching for a place to sleep in this area, this is the place to go.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Wout_Hermans
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sverrirsteinn, Owner at Heradsskolinn Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded February 14, 2014

Hello mr.Hermans

Thank you so much for your review - we do appreciate it.

Please contact us if you are coming back to Iceland in the nearby future. We do hope our guests can find a time to visit us in the summer time as well since the nature and our surroundings are so much different then in the cold winter months. A totally new experience at the same hostel.

Warm regards from Laugarvatn

Sverrir Steinn

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Reviewed January 29, 2014

The location is perfect between Pingvellir and Gulfoss.
The rooms are really clean, great view on the lake.
The host makes great soup and home bread, the smoked fish are so good, the breakfast is really nice too!

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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Thank car0leParis
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sverrirsteinn, Owner at Heradsskolinn Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded February 14, 2014

Hello Caroline,

Thank you for reviewing our hostel. We are so happy to hear that you guys liked staying here and that you liked our food as well. In Iceland everybody loves smoked fish and therefor it is not so hard to find quality fish material around us here at Laugarvatn. We receive our fish from farmers located 5 km away from the hostel ( Utey - smokehouse ) - we think it´s the best smoked fish you get here in Iceland.

Best regards to both of you. Hope to see you here at Laugarvatn again.

Sverrir Steinn

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Reviewed January 23, 2014

It was my first time ever being to Iceland and I can't wait to go back. I would definitely recommend this place! It was gorgeous with an incredible view and the history behind the place is the most interesting of all! It was in such a perfect location; short drive to the famous Golden circle: Gulfoss and Geysir destinations. The staff were very friendly and the food was delicious. Must try the pie! Very clean and comfortable beds. Again, I would definitely recommend this place!

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
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Thank Cynthia S
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sverrirsteinn, Owner at Heradsskolinn Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded February 16, 2014

Dear Cynthia,

Thank you so much for your review. We do appreciate it and hope to see you at our hostel again. We are lucky since our hostel is located in one of Iceland´s most beautiful areas and therefor we are aiming to live up to the location & the history of the building. We really want to make this old school building welcoming to everyone & when reading your review it makes us feel we are on the right path.

Best regards from Laugarvatn

Sverrir Steinn

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Reviewed January 16, 2014

We would definately recommend this place. It was our most special stay in Iceland. A cosy ambiance, nice owners, wonderfull view, excellent location when visiting The golden triangle, good food, comfortabele beds. A great experience!

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank 824Reneew007
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sverrirsteinn, Owner at Heradsskolinn Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded February 16, 2014

Thank you so much for reviewing our hostel.

Your review really makes us believe we are doing something right here at Heradsskolinn hostel. The building and the history of it is so unique and so beautiful so it is a great deal of humble work we have to put in this project to make everything work as we are dreaming about.

We really want to make Heradsskolinn open and welcoming for everybody and to let the history of the building live forever.

Best regards from us at Heradsskolinn.

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Reviewed January 8, 2014

WOW, we loved everything about this place. It's very nicely decorated, with keeping in mind the former purpose of the building (this used to be a boarding school), which such good eye for details. We loved the very cozy atmosphere and nicely prepared dinners. The area is perfect for visiting Iceland highlights like Geysir, Gullfoss and the Thingvellir National Parc. Also, the host could not have been friendlier. He helped us picking out the perfects spots for celabrating newyears eve in Reykjavic and even dropped of my warm glove at our hostel in Reykjavic when I left it at Heradsskolin. We would love to come back in summer one day. Very highly recommend this place!

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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sverrirsteinn, Owner at Heradsskolinn Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded February 17, 2014

Hello Leontine,

Thank you for reviewing our hostel. We are happy to hear that you liked your stay here and hope to see you here again in the summertime. Since we don´t want to know about our guests getting cold somewhere out there in the Icelandic winter, it was our pleasure dropping your warm gloves at your hostel in Reykjavik.

Warm regards from us here in Iceland

Sverrir Steinn & Sveinn

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Address: Laugarbraut 2 | The Golden Circle, Laugarvatn 840, Iceland
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Location: Iceland > South Region > Laugarvatn
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Laugarvatn
Price Range: $82 - $234 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Heradsskolinn Hostel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Heradsskolinn Boutique Hostel is a brand new hostel located at the historical Heradsskolinn at Laugarvatn Lake. It is located right at the heart of the Golden Circle nature paradise, with Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall and Geyser close by. Laugarvatn is also known for great visibility for northern lights. We offer accommodation, cafe/bistro, tourist information and booking services. Right next door you can find the geothermal spa of Fontana and the great hiking highlands. ... more   less 
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