Our Location is perfect for Sightseeing tours

Hotel Grimsborgir is located in South Iceland in Grímsnes, directly at the famous Golden Circle tourist route. It is a 45-minute drive from the capital Reykjavík and a 90-minute drive from the International Airport in Keflavík. The hotel is located at the river Sog which is Iceland’s largest freshwater river in terms of water volume. It is especially famous for fishing Arctic char, Atlantic salmon and brown trout.

Directions from Reykjavík to Hótel Grímsborgir

Take Road 1 heading east over the Hellisheiði pass and past Iceland’s flower village Hveragerði. Just before the town of Selfoss (which is marked “Árborg” on the map) you take a left onto Road 35 (Biskupstungnavegur) and drive along the mountain Ingólfsfjall. Take a left onto Road 36 (Þingvallavegur) heading towards the UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park. You will soon see Hótel Grímsborgir’s white houses on the left hand side. The reception and restaurant is the first building to the right.

Direction from the Intl. Airport

Click on the map above to get detailed directions
from Keflavik Airport to Hótel Grimsborgir from Google Maps.

Sightseeing locations around Our Hotel

Hótel Grímsborgir is situated directly at that route and it is therefore a perfect base to explore all the famous sights along the route. Click on the map above for a detailed route on Google maps. For particular descriptions for each stop – click on next six toggles below.

 8,8 km / 6 minutes drive from Hotel Grimsborgir

The slag crater Kerid is the northernmost one of the crater row called Tjarnarholar. It is elliptic in shape, 270 m long, 170 m wide, and 55 m deep. The pond in it is 7-10 m deep, depending on the ground water level of the area.

This crater row along with the cluster of larger craters further east, called Seydisholar, and the lava field are about 6000 years old. In 1990, a concert was held on a raft on the crater pond with the audience sitting in the grassy slopes inside it. This was repeated on large rubber boats in August 2004 and 2005.

 

Source: www.nat.is/travelguideeng/plofin_kerid.htm

23 km / 17 minutes drive from Kerid

 

Skálholt in Biskupstungur is one of Iceland’s most important historic sites. Christianity was made state religion of Iceland by law in the year 1000 A.D. The country’s first bishop, Ísleifur Gissurarson, ordained in 1056, settled at Skálholt, which was the episcopal see of South Iceland and a center of culture and education for 700 years. Of the bishops residing there in the middle ages, Þorlákur Þórhallsson (bishop 1178-1198), Iceland’s only saint, should be remembered.

Source: www.skalholt.is/en

29 km / 25 minutes drive from Skálholt

The spouting hot spring Geysir was claimed to be the biggest one in the world. Its fame spread and other spouting hot springs elsewhere were consequently named Geysir or geyser. The old Geysir has been in retirement for decades, but when it was active its eruptions reached the height of at least 80 m. All around the old Geysir are more spouting hot springs, such as the ever lively Strokkur (“the butter churn”), which erupts every 3-5 minutes. Just east of the Geysir Area is one of the many centres of the Forestry Service and its forest, which has been expanding for decades.  A Norwegian started the planting and left a considerable fund for the Icelanders to continue his admirable pioneering work. A very nice hotel and restaurant are in the Geysir Area and an outdoor swimming pool.

Many travel agencies and bus companies offer daily tours to the Golden Waterfalls and the Geysir Area.

The distance from Selfoss is about 71 km.

Sources: www.gullfoss.org and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haukadalur

9.5 km / 10 minutes drive from Gullfoss

The Golden Waterfalls in the glacial river Hvitá count among the world’s most beautiful waterfalls. One of the many stories connected with the falls tells about the fight early in the 20th century for their existence, when a foreign enterprise managed to contract the rights to harness them for electrical production. Sigríður Tómasdóttir, the daughter of Tómas Tómasson who owned the waterfall then, fought to rescue the beautiful waterfall from being exploited. She protested so intensly against these plans by going as far to threat that she would throw herself into Gullfoss and thereby kill herself. To make her threat believable she went barefoot on a protest march from Gullfoss to Reykjavik. In those days the roads weren’t paved and when she arrived after 120 kilometers her feet were bleeding and she was in very bad shape.

The people believed her and listened and the powerplant at Gullfoss was never built.

Today one can see the memorial site of Sigríður that decipts her profile at the top of the falls.

Sources: www.gullfoss.org and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haukadalur

Laugarvatn Fontana is a place where you come to relax and experience authentic Icelandic nature while relaxing in the warm geothermal pools and natural steam rooms. The baths vary in depth, size and temperature and the steam rooms that have been built over natural hot springs that have been used in this purpose since 1929. Fontana is located by a beautiful lake Laugarvatn and you can enjoy the spectacular views from the sauna or the pools.

Source: Fontana – Geothermal baths

63 km / 46 minutes drive from Gullfoss

At Thingvellir National Park is the setting of the old Althing which is the oldest parliament of the world. It was established around 930 and continued to convene there until 1798. All major events in the history of Iceland have taken place at Thingvellir. Today Thingvellir is a national park where the protected area shall always be the property of the Icelandic nation, under the preservation of the Althing. There are walking paths throughout the entire area and it is possible to visit the little church and the clear waters of “Nikulásargjá”, the “Money fissure” where people leave behind coins for good luck. The continental drift between the North American and Eurasian Plates can be clearly seen in the cracks or faults which traverse the region, the biggest one, Almannagjá, being a veritable canyon. Thingvellir is situated on the northern shore of Þingvallavatn, the largest natural lake of Iceland. The river Öxará traverses the national park and forms a waterfall at the Almannagjá, called Öxarárfoss. On the lake’s northern shore Silfra fissure is a popular dive and snorkel tour location.

Source: www.thingvellir.is/english

Our Location is Unique for  Sightseeing and Activities …

It’s a wonderful world around Hótel Grímsborgir

David Kenward stayed with us when he came to Iceland to capture one of the nature’s most fantastic sights, the northern lights. In the 2.5 min. film below, David’s Story – It’s a wonderful world, we’ll follow David’s quest to become a famous photographer, from prepping his gear all the way to stepping onto the snowy landscape of Iceland. We’ll follow David capturing the perfect shot and even get a chance to raise his camera to the sky to photograph the life-changing Aurora Borealis.
We are proud that David and his family chose Hótel Grímsborgir on his trip of a lifetime.

What our Guests say about us – Quotes from TripAdvisor

From minute 1 they made us feel welcome and personally showed us to our rooms. Over a delicious dinner the staff greeted us and were happy to answer any questions we had about activities and the local area.

Laura J

The experience is definitely unique and charming. Their service is of top quality in every aspect and it always comes with a genuine smile. The rooms are very nice, clean and modern. They are more like condos than hotel rooms with plenty of hot tubs for everyone.

Shant K

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