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Hotel Review: Glacier View Guesthouse – Kirkjubæjarklaustur, Iceland

by joeheg

After a day of sightseeing, we headed to our next stop located about halfway across the southern coast of Iceland. There are a few larger hotels in the bigger towns but our guide booked us at a small guesthouse located a short drive off the highway.

As we followed Google Maps directions, we ended up on this gravel road.

“Only a few kilometers to go,” I thought. And then we got to the “bridge.”

While it looked sturdy, I’ve never driven a car over a bridge that appeared to be made of 2x4s.  It was about this time I was happy I had paid for the extra insurance covering tire and windshield damage.

We eventually got to our destination.

Glacier View Guesthouse
Hrífunesvegur (Road 209), 880 Kirkjubæjarklaustur, Iceland

There are only 10 rooms on the property and parking is right outside your door. There were some chairs and a table for you to sit outside if you wanted, but it was way too cold for us Floridians.

The room was large enough where we could spread out and it included a sitting area to look out the back windows. The couch was a little low and it took some effort to stand up once sitting for a while. The beds were two singles pushed together. The one thing missing from the room was a television, which we didn’t even notice while we were there.

The bathroom was on the smaller side but was fine for a short stay.

The main building was where the meals were served. Breakfast was included in the room rate and dinner was available for a fee. At the time, there were no COVID restrictions in Iceland, so everyone could sit at the same table. There was also a seating area where you could relax and enjoy a coffee or glass of wine. This area hd great views of the glacier.

Breakfast was a buffet similar to what other guesthouses and small hotels in Iceland offered. Plenty of carbs, with several types of bread, some sliced meats, cheese and tuna salad. They also served vegetable energy shots. I was enjoying that every place so far had peanut butter.

For dinner, it was a set price of 3500 ISK for unlimited soup (choice of meat, fish and vegetable), bread, and dessert. They also offered beer and wine for an additional charge.

The price may seem a little high for all-you-can-eat soup but there’s nothing else in the area. If you wanted to drive to find somewhere to eat, it’d be at least 30 min or more each way and choices are still limited. If you plan appropriately, you could eat before you arrive but we found it easier to get in at a decent hour, enjoy dinner and get to bed.

Speaking of the views, they were stunning. That’s why you drive out into the middle of nowhere to stay here. These are the views from the parking lot.

Our night here was the only time when we had clear skies. Here’s a shot I took around 10 PM. It’s the closest we got to see an Icelandic sunset.

We had a good stay at the Glacier View Guesthouse. The hosts were gracious and accommodating. Of all the places we stayed, this one definitely felt the most like a bed and breakfast. The property had no amenities besides free Wi-Fi, but most people staying there use it to sleep when visiting the surrounding natural sites. It’s not someplace where you’d sit around all day.

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