After checking out from the Fosshotel Lind at Reykjavik, we traveled westwards to Borgarfjörður arriving at the town of Reyholt, which is less than 90 minutes drive from Reykjavik.
Fosshotel Hotel in Reykholt
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Our accommodation was covered under the 8D7N Northern Lights Exploration package tour that we took up with Guomundur Jonasson (GJ) Travel, and so our home for the next two nights was the Fosshotel Reykholt.
I presumed we were given a complimentary upgrade to a larger room, and we were really quite pleased with the spaciousness and the amenities, until we drew the curtains apart and saw the graveyard beyond our windows.
Those curtains were definitely kept tightly closed for the rest of our stay! Well, nothing supernatural happened during the nights, but it definitely made a unique stay. Frankly, how many people can lay claim to the fact that they’ve slept beside a graveyard before?
The Surrounding Area
The Fosshotel Reykholt is a 3-star hotel that includes a bar, library, front desk and internet lounge, outdoor hot tubs (perfect for waiting for the Northern Lights!), and restaurant facilities. It is not the most luxurious of settings, but it makes for a nice friendly and homely stay.
Dining at Fosshotel Reykholt
Iceland is sparsely populated, especially at the regions away from the main city of Reykjavik. Therefore, there are absolutely no other dining options near the Fosshotel Reykholt which is within walking distance. For that reason, we either had to choose to dine at the Fosshotel Reykholt at an exorbitant (by my standards) price of about SGD $40 per person for a 2-course meal, or go hungry for the night (Ok, well, we didn’t really go hungry for the night because we came prepared and bought cup noodles from the supermarkets beforehand).
Long table set up for our tour group.
If you think about the standard of living in Iceland and compare the prices to the city, then the price of dinner here is actually quite reasonable. But still, to pay 40 bucks per night for a 7-night tour will burn quite a large hole in our pocket, so most nights we had to make do with cup noodles.
We did try dinner at the Fosshotel Reykholt during one of the two nights we stayed and to be honest, it really is quite good!
Since we were staying at the Fosshotel Reykholt as part of our vacation package with Guomundur Jonasson (GJ) Travel, the location of our hotel didn’t matter very much to us. But it is good to know that the waterfalls of Hraunfossar and Barnafoss were just a few minutes’ drive from the Fosshotel Reykholt. Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring and several lava tubes and caves are also nearby, and if you are keen on exploring some glaciers, there are guided tours to Langjökull, Iceland’s second largest glacier.
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