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Reviewed August 30, 2011

My new husband and I visited Iceland on our honeymoon, and our first night was at Vatnsholt! We drove direct there from the airport - this is perfectly possible within a few hours. It is in the middle of nowhere (make sure you know where you're going beforehand), like a lot of things in Iceland, but this only helps with the fantastic views. When we arrived we were warmly greeted and shown to our room. We were asked to take off our shoes when we got into the building. This is our only niggle, though a minor one - while it's an Icelandic tradition, and we didn't hesitate to do it, our shoes were very clean and we didn't like the hassle of putting them on and taking them off again when loading and unloading the car. However, while we booked a room with a shared bathroom (Iceland's very expensive!) we were pleasantly surprised to be given a lovely room with an en suite and a fantastic view. The bed was very comfortable and the shower nice and hot. When it came to breakfast, it was one of the best we had in Iceland.

All in all, Vatnsholt provided a lovely start to our honeymoon, and we very much recommend it!

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank Gemma L
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Vatnsholt, Guest Relations Manager at Vatnsholt, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2018

Dear Gemma L,

thank you so much for taking time to write this lovely feedback, we truly appreciate it!

We are very happy to hear, that you enjoyed your stay here with us! Thank you so much for such a kind words regarding our palce and its staff, it is very nice of you!

It would be our pleasure to welcome you in our hotel anytime again in the future!

KIndest regards,

Hotel Vatnsholt

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Reviewed August 28, 2011

Our family did a 10 day tour around Iceland and after doing the golden circle tour we stopped near Selfoss. Based on the great reviews we read, we booked the family room (travelling with 5) in Vatnsholt.

We absolutely loved it. Being in the middle of the countryside in Iceland and having a stayover is something you must experience and this place is perfect for that. The staff and owners are extremely friendly and are simply excellent hosts. After dinner, we asked them for tips for our drive the next day (to Hofn) and they gave us all the information we needed.

The rooms are basic but nice, comfortable and clean. As we were travelling with 5 adults, looking back at it we would probably have gone for the apartment rooms instead of the family room (which according to me is ideal for a family with kids) but this is only a minor detail. There is also a jaccuzi but that was broken during our stay.

Location wise it is only a 10 min drive to Selfoss, which was a very dull place anyway.

The 3-course dinner was also reasonably priced and very good (the lamb is probably the best we had in our whole trip).

We loved this place and wish the owners all the best as this gem is absoluty worth staying at.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Thank Limshang
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Vatnsholt, Guest Relations Manager at Vatnsholt, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2018

Dear Limshang,

thank you so much for taking time to write this lovely feedback, we truly appreciate it!

We are very happy to hear, that you enjoyed your stay here with us! Thank you so much for such a kind words regarding our palce and its staff, it is very nice of you!

It would be our pleasure to welcome you in our hotel anytime again in the future!

KIndest regards,

Hotel Vatnsholt

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Reviewed August 8, 2011

Just got back a couple of days ago from our honeymoon in Iceland and Vatnsholt was by far the best place we stayed. Johaan and Margaret plus animals were so helpful, kind and inspiring. The meals were excellent, especially the trout from their lake. We had only booked one night here and ended up staying for three and made some friends for life.
We will definitely return to Iceland and this is where we will stay!

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank DominiqueTodd
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Vatnsholt, Guest Relations Manager at Vatnsholt, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2018

Dear DominiqueTodd,

thank you so much for taking time to write this lovely feedback, we truly appreciate it!

We are very happy to hear, that you enjoyed your stay here with us! Thank you so much for such a kind words regarding our palce and its staff, it is very nice of you!

It would be our pleasure to welcome you in our hotel anytime again in the future!

KIndest regards,

Hotel Vatnsholt

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Reviewed August 6, 2011

This was my fifth trip to Iceland and, having never stayed in the Selfoss area, I did a bit of research and found Vatnsholt. I had read others' reviews on Tripadvisor but nothing rightfully can describe a stay here.

My mother and I pulled up after a more-than-full day, exhausted and hungry. After a warm greeting by some of the farm's animals, we were led into a dining room for an exceptional meal, wine, and conversation with Johann Helgi and Margret. We then were given our choice of rooms, all of which were lovely, clean, and well-suited to our needs. The next two days were filled with gorgeous scenery, an eclectic mix of friendly animals to marvel at, and the most pleasant and attentive proprietors I can recall. Never interruptive, yet they seem to have an uncanny ability to know what you need just before or as you need it.

The location itself is perfectly suited for anyone wishing to do the better part of the "golden circle" tour without the dreaded tour bus. 45 mins or so in a main road drive from Reykjavik. You're in full view of the volcanoes, but with a gorgeous landscape of a lake and farmland between you. The sunsets are extraordinary, even when it never fully sets. Judging from Johann Helgi's photos, it's an equally ideal location to view an aurora borealis once the darkness returns.

Speaking of returns, I plan to do so once the fall season hits to catch an aurora. This will be my new "home base" in Iceland, hopefully for years to come.

Room Tip: Let them know of your needs, there are plenty of options - all very reasonably priced.
  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with family
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Thank SR_NYCNewYork_NY
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Vatnsholt, Guest Relations Manager at Vatnsholt, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2018

Dear SR_NYCNewYork_NY,

thank you so much for taking time to write this lovely feedback, we truly appreciate it!

We are very happy to hear, that you enjoyed your stay here with us! Thank you so much for such a kind words regarding our palce and its staff, it is very nice of you!

It would be our pleasure to welcome you in our hotel anytime again in the future!

KIndest regards,

Hotel Vatnsholt

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Reviewed July 28, 2011

Great spot to relax after a day of sightseeing or hiking. Staff do everything possible to make you feel comfortable. Owners offer great travel tips. Food is wonderful. The farm animals add to the tranquil setting - especially the friendly farm dogs and calf. Immaculate and comfortable rooms. It was the best place that we stayed on our trip to Iceland.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank JWC87
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Vatnsholt, Guest Relations Manager at Vatnsholt, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2018

Dear JWC87,

thank you so much for taking time to write this lovely feedback, we truly appreciate it!

We are very happy to hear, that you enjoyed your stay here with us! Thank you so much for such a kind words regarding our palce and its staff, it is very nice of you!

It would be our pleasure to welcome you in our hotel anytime again in the future!

KIndest regards,

Hotel Vatnsholt

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