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Hotel Edda Laugar in Saelingsdalur

This region´s history is deeply rooted in the Icelandic Sagas, with Laugar near its centre. Laugar means "warm springs", and at Laugar there is of course af swimming pool and a hot tub. There is also a small reconstructed geothermal pool called Guðrúnarlaug or Guðrún´s pool. The pool is mentioned in Sturlunga saga and Guðrún Ósvífursdóttir, one of the greatest women in the Sagas, used to dwell by such a pool at Laugar. A boat trip on Breiðaförður Bay is another must-do, sailing among countless small islands on this beautiful bay.

Facilities on site:

Total rooms 45

22 Edda Plus rooms with en-suite bathrooms, TV and telephone
23 with in-room washbasins
Meeting rooms
Free Wi-Fi in public areas
Camping site
Bike rental
Sleeping bag accommodation available - please contact the hotel directly for information and booking
Opening dates: 7 June - 25 August 2019
On closing day we close at noon, last guests check in the day before.

Camping site

The camp site is located next to Hotel Edda at Laugar, Sælingsdal. It is about 16 km north of the village Búðardalur. There is a swimming pool, fishing, a restaurant and many beautiful walking paths in the area. The camp site has a toilet, hot and cold water end electricity.

Rates 2019:
Adults : ISK 1.200,-
Childre: free for younger than 16 years
Electricity: ISK 1.000,- for the first night, ISK 500,- per night after that

Hotel Edda Laugar in Saelingsdalur

Laugar, Sælingsdalur

GPS Points N65° 14' 45.586" W21° 48' 7.656"


Accommodation 45 Rooms / 83 Beds
Opening period 07/06 - 25/08
Service Open in the summer Conference facilities Place of interest Walking path Bird watching Hotel / guesthouse Restaurant Camping ground Swimming pool Sports hall Hot pot Credit cards accepted
Categories Hotels , Camping , Restaurants

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History and Culture
0.12 km

According to Laxdaela saga, Gudrun Osvifursdóttir used to dwell by a geothermal pool in Laugar in Saelingsdalur. The pool is mentioned in Sturlunga saga and it seems to have been used a great deal.

The pool is believed to have been destroyed in a landslide. In 2009 a new pool was built near to the location where the old pool is thought to have been situated and named Gudrunarlaug.

A changing facility, referred to as a "house of modesty" in Icelandic, was also built at the same time.

History and Culture
0.02 km
Laugar in Saelingsdal

Gudrun Osvifursdottir, heroine of Laxdaela Saga, was born (973AD) and brought up at Laugar.

It is said that she used the hot water pool there a lot and also met there her followers Kjartan and Bolli.

There is a geothermal area at Laugar and a naturally-heated swimming pool was built there in 1932. The hot water is also used for heating up the buildings at the place.

There is a summer hotel and a folk museum which opened in 1977.

At about 3 km from Laugar you may find the rocky hill Tungustapi, home of elves.

History and Culture
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Around the year 890, Audur the Deep minded (djúpúdga) from Dogurdara settled the land between the outer edge og Hvammsveit and Skaumuhlaupsa in Hordudalur.

She built her farm at Hvammur and for a long time after her kin lived there. Audur was Christian.

The father of Snorri Sturluson, Sturla Thordarson (1115-1183), lived at Hvammur. He was of the ninth generation counting from Audur the Deep minded. His sons Thordur, Sighvatur and Snorri were born there.

Arni Magnusson (1663-1730), professor and collector of medieval manuscripts, grew up at Hvammur. Priests would remain at Hvammur. Since the Reformation until 1944 only 15 priests held the position.

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Auður djúpúðga ( Auður the Deep minded) was one of the settlers in Dalir. She was a Christian and had a cross raised at Krosshólaborg, where she went to pray. Her descentants considered Krosshólaborg a holy place. Women in Dalir set up a memorial of Auður, a stone cross in 1965. The remains of Auður´s first farm, Auðartóftir, are nearby.


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