The Hidden Gem of Iceland: Húsafell

The word is out! According to publications like Forbes, The New York Times and Metro US – Húsafell in West Iceland is the place to be if you’re looking for fire and ice activities away from the tourist crowds.

From the luxurious comfort of 4-star Hotel Húsafell it’s easy to explore Iceland’s western wilderness adventures like the ice caves of Into the Glacier, the otherworldly lava caves of Vidgelmir and steamy spa indulgences at newly opened Krauma Nature Baths.

According to METRO US, “When you’re ready to ditch Iceland’s tour bus crowds, travel west from Reykjavík. It’s got all the natural wonders without the big groups.

The perfect home base for Western exploration is Hótel Húsafell — an eco-property set amid beautiful rugged scenery, featuring its own geothermal pools.”

FORBES magazine refers to Húsafell as Iceland’s hidden gem and suggests the remote nature area is an uncrowded alternative adventure destination to the island’s highly popular Golden Circle tourist route. -- “A backlash is brewing as hordes descend on Reykjavik and the Golden Circle, a roughly 190-mile loop due east of the capital.

Head west instead. A 90-minute drive from Reykjavik leads to Húsafell, a small, isolated community of holiday homes, right at the edge of the country’s uninhabited interior. This is where Icelanders escape city life and tourist throngs in Reykjavik.”

In their article Adventure Seekers Set Sights on Wild West Iceland, The New York Times praise Húsafell for its off-the-radar vibe: “In the valley of Iceland’s second-largest glacier — Húsafell feels off the beaten track, at least in comparison to the Icelandic tourist juggernauts that are the Golden Circle and the Blue Lagoon.

Within half an hour of Húsafell, there’s Hraunfossar “lava waterfalls,” Iceland’s largest lava cave and one of the biggest thermal springs in Europe. In May, Húsafell opened new hiking and mountain biking trails.”

Hotel Húsafell is in easy reach of Iceland’s most famous sites like Snaefellsnes Peninsula only two hours away with dramatic natural scenery made from fairy-tales, and Thingvellir National Park, only 45 minutes away and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

But perhaps more impressively, Húsafell is an adventure destination in itself located within 30 minutes of these emerging Iceland travel hot-spots:

Into the Glacier

Hotel Húsafell is the official departure point for Iceland’s newest attraction, Into the Glacier. Visitors embark on a 20 minute journey in a specially modified monster truck across Langjokull, Iceland’s second largest glacier. Deep beneath the ancient ice-cap visitors can explore the man made ice tunnel complete with LED light displays and an ice chapel for weddings.

Krauma Nature Baths

Located 25 minutes from Hotel Húsafell in Borgarfjordur, Krauma is Iceland's newest geothermal bathing resort. The world-class wellness complex features two saunas, a tranquility space and five outdoor nature baths fed by Europe's highest flowing hot spring, Deildartunguhver. No chemicals are added to the water and the constant, rapid flow of the hot spring ensures the water's purity. Facilities include a changing room for 140 people, a gift shop and a restaurant.

Vidgelmir the Lava Cave

Hotel Húsafell is the official departure point for The Cave tour which takes visitors to nearby Vidgelmir, the world’s largest lava cave. On a guided tour led by

geology experts visitors explore Iceland’s most extraordinary lava cave and otherworldly ice formations in a dark underworld.

Husafell Trails

The area surrounding Hotel Húsafell is a hiker’s paradise and offers ten new trails of varying difficulty and length. No matter which path you choose, expect to encounter Iceland’s most beautiful nature from craggy lava fields and Birchwood forestry to crystal clear streams and magnificent ravines. Hike year-round among foaming glacial rivers and remarkable archaeological remains in a region known for exceptionally good weather. Húsafell Hiking Map available at guest reception.

Hraunfossar Waterfall

Only six minutes from Hotel Húsafell you’ll find the mesmerizing Hraunfossar (Lava Waterfall) here in Borgarfjordur. Hot only is Hraunfossar the photogenic in Iceland but it possess a remarkable natural phenomenon as well. The water seems to magically shimmer out from the lava but in reality the falls are fed by a clear cold spring that originates from nearby Langjokull glacier.

So what are you waiting for? We hope to see you out here in Iceland’s wild, wild, West! We’ll be dusting off the glaciers and cueing the Northern Lights.