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.
- 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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