Vatnsholt v/Villingaholtsvatn

Posted on January 12, 2019
CategoriesGuesthouse, Hotel, Sleep

Bed & Breakfast at a stately farm in beautiful surroundings in the south Iceland lowlands. Set 16 km (10 mi) from town Selfoss, views in all directions are rather spectacular. There are 33 rooms at the farm, either with an en-suite or shared bathrooms. There is a large restaurant at the farm.

This option is family-friendly, where various activities are offered. It is ideally located for those who want to explore the southern regions.  Open 02.01 – 22.12.   


Think ‘Farmhouse splendour.’

The Country Hotel Vatnsholt is a gorgeous newly renovated guesthouse, set in 230 acres of farm land, beautifully located in the relaxing countryside „east of the mountain,” i.e. conveniently close to Reykjavík (the capital) and only a stone’s throw from Selfoss, the largest city in the surroundings of Reykjavík.

The residence is a former working farm with its adjoining animal housing, horse stalls and barns, all of which have been carefully converted with all the most contemporary state of the art facilities and luxury. A strikingly beautiful renovation of which we are very proud.
Vatnsholt offers quality accommodation in several different categories for up to 77 guests, 34 cozy rooms in total with comfortable beds and linens and either baths or showers.

There are 24 first rate guest-rooms with ensuite bathrooms/shower, plus 10 without a bath sharing 6 breezy bathrooms altogether.
All our rooms feature:

Hairdryer, High speed Wi-Fi internet access upon request

The leisure facilities within and around the building include a stylish Restaurant / Bar, an outdoor leisure area for children and lot more.

The restaurant serve high quality, seasonal produce, local game, fish and meats cooked simply, served in a relaxed, unhurried style. The bar offers a wide selection of fine wines, spirits and an array of foreign and locally brewed ales alike.

A huge parking lot on the premises.

In Vatnsholt we pride our selves in laying special emphasis on Icelandic cultural characteristics, closeness to the countryside, nature and wild life, let alone our personal albeit informal and warm touch. The management and staff are looking forward to welcoming you to Vatnsholt.
Short and sweet: Rich country charm, curled up and nourished by a classical Icelandic craftsmanship and ingenuity.


Large dining hall that sits up to 225 people. Hot and light meals. Local ingredients are used as much as possible. Groups are welcome to use the dining hall, kitchen and two bathrooms.

Service and recreation

There is a good playground by the farm. Guests are welcome to meet the animals. Bike rental. Boat rental and fishing permits in lake Villingaholtsvatn. Hikes. Horse rentals (15 km / 9 mi). An ideal place for gazing at the northern lights during clear winter nights.

The nearest town is Selfoss (16 km / 10 mi) where visitors will find a swimming pool, supermarkets, tourist information and a 9-hole golf course.

The Icelandic Wonders Museum, where guests can learn about elves, trolls and the northern lights, is located in town Stokkseyri, 21 km (13 mi) away. There visitors will also find kayaking tours.

The local heritage museum can be found at The House at Eyrarbakki, 28 km (17 mi) away. The Geothermal Park in village Hveragerði, where greenhouses heated with geothermal energy are a prominent feature, is 30 km (18.5 mi) away.

Unparalleled panoramic views and the most voluminous waterfall

Vatnsholt is close to a small lake on the lowlands, west of glacial river Þjórsá. The view is extensive and from this vantage point, guests can enjoy the view over encircling mountain ridges from the east, north, west and even the south.

The volcano Hekla and glacier Eyjafjallajökull are quite prominent features of this unmatched view. In the south, island group Westman Islands can be seen lingering on the horizon.

The region is rather flat and cycling tours around the region are quite enjoyable. The waterfall Urriðafoss in river Þjórsá (10 km / 6 mi) is the country’s most voluminous waterfall and tumbles over a 6-m-high lava cliff in a beautiful and peaceful environment.

The shore, trolls, elves and northern lights

The southern shore west of the river Þjórsá is close by (16 km / 10 mi). Ocean waves crash on black sand beaches and lava scurries that guard the shores.

Two villages nest by the shore – Stokkseyri and Eyrarbakki. At Stokkseyri, 21 km (13 mi) away, visitors will find the Icelandic Wonders Museum, where guests can learn about the supernatural beings of Icelandic folklore as well as the northern lights. Kayak tours are also available from Stokkseyri.

At Eyrarbakki (28 km / 17 mi), which was once the region’s most important commercial port, visitors will encounter the Heritage Museum, located in a building known as The House of Eyrarbakki, which was a merchant’s dwelling in its time and is one of the country’s oldest houses, dating back to 1765.

The Golden Circle and the Westman Islands

Vatnsholt is centrally located in the region and is a good base if the intention is to explore attractions of the area, such as the Golden Circle.

The Golden Circle includes Þingvellir National Park (60 km / 37 mi), Gullfoss Waterfall (75 km / 46 mi) and Geysir geothermal area (70 km 43.5 mi). Furthermore, Þjórsárdalur valley is 74 km (46 mi) away and is a rather unique natural paradise, located by the foothills of the highlands, close to volcano Hekla.

Travel 50 km (31 mi) west to find the Icelandic Saga Centre and 98 km (61 mi) to find Skógafoss waterfall. From Landeyjahöfn harbour (79 km / 49 mi), it is possible to board a ferry to the Westman Islands in the morning, and return in the evening.

Hosts: Margrét and Jóhann

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