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Country Hotel Fossatún

Fossatún is located 90 km from Reykjavík by road nr 50. It is surrounded by beautiful nature and scenery in the Mid-Borgarfjörður area. Fossatún is an ideal destination for shorter and longer stays.

Country Hotel
The Country Hotel offers 18,2 m2 comfortable standard rooms with ensuite bathrooms. There are 12 rooms (double and twin available), and all are wheelchair accessible. Each room has a different decoration and a flat-screen TV with international channels, as well as free Wi-Fi, available outdoors and indoors. Breakfast is included in the price. All rooms come with bed linen and towels.

Guesthouse
The guesthouse is just 250m from Fossatún Reception and it has a fully equipped kitchen, dining area, living room, 4 rooms and 2 bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi and access to all Fossatún facilities.

The Sunset Cottage is only 35 metrs from the service house (hot tubs). The Sunset Cottage has it name for a reason and is a 42m2 two bedroom house with kitchen facilities and a bathroom.

Camping Pods
The camping pods are the newest type of accommodation at Fossatún and they provide a warm and comfortable stay to our guests. Guests need to bring everything they would bring if they were camping: sleeping bags, pots and pans, etc., but there is an added luxury of space, warmth, dryness, electricity and a good bed to sleep in. The pod is divided into a sleeping area and a lounge. The lounge has a table, 2 chairs and a bench. In the sleeping area there is a bed for two persons with special matress of fabric that breathes, is water resistant and bacteria free. Inside there are also electrical radiators, lights, sockets and Wi-Fi available. Showers and toilets are open 24/7 on the same building as the hot tubs, a few metres away from the pods. Guests have also access to a Cooking Cabin, which includes a fridge, microwave, stove, tea kettle, pans, and a dining area. Most of our camping pods are only available from 1st of April to 31st of October, but a new type, more insulated is now available from November to March.

Restaurant
"Rock and Troll" is the restaurant´s slogan. Icelandic & international kitchen, grill and café. Lunch buffet & daily specialties.

The Record Collection
When having dinner, customers can choose one record from Steinar´s vinyl collection, which includes more than 3.000 records, and our staff will happily put it to play. This incredible collection belongs to Steinar Berg, the host at Fossatún and a man with a great love for music. Steinar was born in 1952 and between 1975 and 1993 he was the owner of a music company, Steinar Records, which was involved with many of Iceland´s best musical talents.

Troll-stories
Steinar Berg is also a writer of troll-stories that are illustrated by Brian Pilkington. The books are available, autographed and on special offer at the reception.

Troll-walk
Guests can take a troll-walk while enjoying the beautiful surrounding and view. Marked paths, with signs and information and illustration of trolls are at the site.

Further information on website: http://www.fossatun.is

Country Hotel Fossatún

Fossatún, Borgarbyggð

GPS Points N64° 35' 33.950" W21° 34' 37.243"
Telephone

433-5800

Accommodation 18 Rooms / 52 Beds
Opening period All year
Service Waste tank discharge Conference facilities Smoking not allowed Wheel chair accessible Walking path Restaurant Internet access Hot pot Tourist shop Credit cards accepted Bar Play ground

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