Travelers looking for an off-the-beaten-path yet eco-friendly travel experience may want to check out the new Hotel Husafell, a luxury lodge perched on the edge of a glacier at the border of Iceland's unihabited interior wildlands.
The hotel is 90 minutes from Reykjavik and 20 minutes from Langjokull glacier, recently named a Top 10 Region to visit in 2016 by Lonely Planet. The property can serve as a base for exploring glaciers, lava caves, hiking trails, horse riding, Saga history, fishing and the Into the Glacier travel experience, which is accessible by free daily shuttle from the hotel.
Hotel Husafell's sustainable design uses 100 percent renewable energy produced on site. Guests of the 36-room resort-style hotel enjoy complimentary entry to the outdoor thermal pools and hot tubs as well as access to the nine-hole golf course offering Midnight Sun tee times in summer.
|During displays of the Northern Lights, guests can request access to outdoor thermal hot tubs for great views.|
Designed by local architect and 20-year Husafell resident Helgi Hjalmarsson (Tó Arkitektar), the property also incorporates eco-friendly materials produced using sustainable energy. Guestrooms showcase local culture with sheepskin Iceland-design chairs, bath products made with Icelandic herbs, and paintings by Husafell artist Pall Gudmundsson.
The on-site gourmet restaurant has floor-to-ceiling windows which provide diners with an epic view of Langjokull and Eiriksjokull glacier, as well as the lush Borgafjordur Valley. The Nordic-inspired menu showcases locally caught seafood, game and produce grown in nearby geothermal greenhouses.
The property and Into the Glacier have teamed up on a new package that includes overnight accommodations at the hotel, a Deluxe Room upgrade (subject to availability), the Into the Glacier experience, free access to thermal pools, free daily breakfast, free parking, free Wi-Fi, taxes and gratuities, from $218 per person based on double occupancy.