A hotel among glaciers, Hótel Skaftafell is one of the most in-demand accommodations in Iceland. The only hotel located on the edge of Skaftafell National Park, this cozy spot offers unhindered access to the Skaftafell ice caves as well as unbelievable views of the epic Vatnajökull Glacier tumbling down into its back yard.

Property Details

The 63 rooms at Hótel Skaftafell are spotless sanctuaries, peacefully immersed within the glacial landscape. All of the rooms are known for their function and feature rare countryside amenities such as satellite television, private en-suite bathrooms, powerful hot water showers, comfy beds, wireless Internet access, and geothermal heating — a welcome luxury after a day trekking on the glaciers. Shrouded in the comfort of the room’s sumptuous warmth, take in the stunning views of Iceland’s highest mountain, Hvannadalshnjukur, and the largest glacier in Europe, Vatnajökull, situated just outside the back door and within easy reach for any adventurer.

Downstairs, the Hótel Skaftafell restaurant offers an exceptional breakfast buffet plating up local produce. Even the earliest departures receive a warm cup of tea or coffee and a packed breakfast for the early morning drive to the surrounding naturalist playground. After a day exploring the glaciers and wildlife, warm up at the second floor bar, where magnificent glacier views and liquid provisions are in plenteous supply. The restaurant happily serves an array of à la carte Western and Icelandic specialties, while the hotel’s café across the street is known for their casual hamburgers and Western staples.

Due to its proximity to Skaftafell National Park, Hótel Skaftafell is the perfect base from which to explore the surrounding glaciers and ice caves, including the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon nearby. One doesn’t even have to leave the hotel to find adventure: the trek up the Vatnajökull glacial tongue just behind the property provides serene views over the hotel across the basalt plains to the sea. This is also where the Aurora Borealis comes to dance in the sky, and the friendly staff will gladly wake up any willing visitors in the middle of the night to ensure they catch a glimpse of its light-filled spectacle.

Request Information