Hraunsnef – Country Hotel and Restaurant

Posted on January 12, 2019

Hraunsnef Country Hotel is a family run hotel and restaurant.  We have a working farm, with a few animals chickens, pigs, horses and dogs.  We are growing a few vegetables, we get eggs from our free chickens and pork form our happy free pigs. The hotel is located on the Vest coast of Iceland in the beautiful Borgarbyggd district, with sublime hilltop setting overlooking Bifröst.

The hotel is a new two storey building with the reception, restaurants and dining halls on the first floor and rooms on the second floor. Each room has a separate entry and include a luxurious bathroom, Television and soothing bed, covered with Icelandic textiles.

The hotel consists of 10 rooms. All rooms are on the second floor with a view from every window. The rooms have the names of gods from norse mythology and are decorated in different styles. 

Country Hotel

The rooms all have the same equipment:

  • Seperate entrance
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Hair dryer and hair straightner
  • Bathrobe and slippers
  • Television

Cabins We offer comfortable accommodations for tired and weary backpack travellers to lay out their sleeping bags in a cabin with private facilities an cooking facilities where you can cook yourself or enjoy a meal in our restaurant.

  • The cottages can be rented with or without sheets
  • Guests can either cook themselves or enjoy refreshments on a restaurant countryside hotel.
  • Guests in the cottages have access to hot tubs.

Restaurant Service The restaurant is open all year (except in January)

  • Summer-time May 15th. – August 31 Breakfast 8:00 – 10:00 Restaurant menu 11:30 – 21:30
  • Winter-time Beakfast 8:00 – 10:00 Restaurant menu 17:00 – 21:00

From 15th – 30th December, the restaurant is only open for pre-booked tables. Facilities Playground There is a large playground for children under construction on the Hotel grounds. So far we are able to offer some entertainment especially for children, like sandboxes, trampoline and a boat ride on a small pond. Trampoline

  • We offer a large size trampoline for children of all ages.

Hot tubs

  • Our hot tubs are filled with natural spring hot water and are not only soothing and relaxing after a hard days work but also fun place for the whole family.


  • There is a small sandbox for children near the hotel building, surrounded by natures own sandbox made of hills, stones and far stretching nature.

Grábrók volcano 2 km south of Hraunsnef you find the 3000 year old volcano Grábrók. Grábrók is the biggest crater of three along a short volcanic crack. There are very good walking paths up to the crater.

On the top you have a magnificent scenery over Borgarfjordur to the south. Glanni waterfall and Paradise hollow The waterfall Glanni is about 5 km south of Hraunsnef in the river Norðurá. The river Norðurá is one of the best salmon rivers in Iceland. In the waterfall you can see a man made stair for the salmon to jump up the waterfall. A convenient walking path leads to Glanni, surrounded by beautiful landscape. Paradísarlaut – the Hollow of Paradise – is a beautiful oasis in the lava on the banks of Norðurá, not far below the waterfall Glanni.

An easy walking paths leads to the hollow. Hreðarvatn The lake Hreðavatn is just across the cross the road form Glanni, you take the road by Bifröst Universety A possibility to do some trout fishing. If you want to go fishing you need to by a permit.

Deildatunguhver Deildartunguhver is Europe’s most powerful hot spring. It provides at the moment 200 l/sec of 100°C hot water. Most of the water used for central heating in the towns of Borgarnes and Akranes is taken from Deildartunguhver. The hot water pipeline to Akranes is 64 km long, the longest in Iceland and the water is about 78 – 80 degrees when it reaches Akranes.

Look for the bright green “skollakampi” or hard fern (Blechnum spicant), quite common in other countries, but found only in this area of Iceland, thanks to the permanent warmth and humidity. Hraunfossar and Barnafossar waterfall´s Hraunfossar are one of nature’s most beautiful gifts in Iceland. The Hraunfossar are hundreds of meters wide and are crossed by a bridge on one side. Further along, there is another waterfall called Barnafoss (Children´s waterfall).

The waterfall Barnafoss is in River Skjalfandafljot near the abandoned farm Barnafell in Ljosavatn County. There the river runs in a narrow, and close to 100 m deep canyon. According to legends, young and brave men jumped across its narrowest parts. During prolonged subzero periods, the spray creates an ice arch across the river above the waterfall and sometimes a rope was strung across the river there to quicken this development.

Flocks of sheep were driven over that bridge to graze on the Thingey Island between the two branches of the river.

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