On our trip through south Iceland we spent two nights at the beautiful Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon. This four star hotel was located in Hnappavellir and was one of our favourite hotels of the holiday. The staff were super friendly and welcoming and the hotel was stylish and comfortable. It was the perfect place to relax in the warmth after a big day out in the rugged elements! For anyone visiting Jökulsárlón and the south east of Iceland, we would definitely recommend Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon.
Perfect for nature lovers, the hotel is located halfway between Skaftafell and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, two of Iceland’s most stunning natural attractions.The hotel blends perfectly into the scenery and there is even a waterfall behind the hotel!
There is quite a large Finnish sauna and wellness area for guests to use. We love saunas and so made use of this each afternoon after a big day of exploring in the cold and windy conditions.
Arrival & Hotel Common Areas
The hotel’s decor is modern and comfortable, incorporating natural textures and colours. The common areas all have comfortable seating and enormous windows with amazing views of the surrounding landscapes.
There is free WiFi and parking at the hotel as well. The WiFi was really fast and worked perfectly throughout our stay.
We sat on lounges by the windows one afternoon, enjoying the last of the daylight (and the 2 for 1 happy hour beers and wines at the bar) as it started snowing! It was so relaxing to be sitting inside in the warmth, on comfortable lounges with a drink in hand watching the snowflakes falling outside. Pure bliss!
We booked two standard double rooms as we were travelling with my parents. The rooms were spacious and comfortable, designed in a modern and minimalist style. Again, there were huge windows, seating and a lovely bed, along with a desk, TV, bar fridge and tea & coffee facilities. We were super comfortable in the room and could have happily stayed there for the entire week we were in Iceland.
The bathroom was stylish and had a large rainfall shower, complete with marble tiles and benchtop, organic toiletries and cosy towels & bathrobes.
Breakfast was included each day in our room rate and consisted of a buffet style breakfast. The breakfast was quite hectic as there were some large groups and everyone seemed to be dining at a similar time. There was plenty of food and it was nice, however not our favourite hotel breakfast ever. There was however plenty of variety and you definitely weren’t going hungry.
We dined at the restaurant on our first night and had an amazing meal. We mostly stayed in self-catered accommodation and cooked for ourselves so it was lovely to be wined and dined at Fosshotel. We all opted for the ‘Fisherman’s feast’ set menu and wine which came to around $450 Australian dollars in total. It was an expensive meal but definitely the best meal that we ate in Iceland. The dishes in the restaurant are inspired by Icelandic nature and use mostly local ingredients, as creatively as possible.
Our entree was a creamy langoustine soup with scallops, shrimp and dulse, followed by lightly salted torched cod with black & white onions, potatoes and bechamel sauce. Somehow we managed to fit in dessert which was a dark brownie with salted caramel, baked white chocolate, pistachio praline and pistachio ice cream. It was a delicious three course meal and all of the portions were quite large so we were very full by the end.
One other amazing thing which the hotel has is its Aurora Alarm! On check in you can opt in for the free aurora alarm which is where the staff will phone your room if the Northern Lights make an appearance! They did briefly make an appearance one night and this photo is highly edited but we did see them and while I hope we see them again one day, I was over the moon to have even seen them at all.
Final thoughts & Price
We booked our stay at Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon through booking.com and it cost us €660 for two rooms for two nights which worked out to be approximately $268 per room per night.
We had an amazing stay at Fosshotel and would definitely recommend it to anyone visiting southern Iceland! We couldn’t fault it at all and would certainly stay there again.