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The elevated land is situated above the Deildartunghver spring, which has belonged to one family for over 200 years. Sigurbjörd Bjornsdottir, who lived most of her life on the farm, was born in 1886 and passed away in 1984.
She knew throughout the years that the spring in her yard had healing properties for both the body and soul. Her vision was to create a healing place for both the body and soul and to use the minerals in the ground for a spa. In the past, the spring water was used for laundry.
About 80-90 years ago, a pipe was installed that conveyed the steam into the house. The steam heated the interior of the house, allowing the farm residents to bathe and even bake in the warm earth.
In 1941, a greenhouse was built next to the spring. The warm water and steam were used by the farm residents to grow vegetables in the greenhouse. The place opened as a spa in 2017.
What’s in the place: Restaurant, hot tubs, a bar in the pool area but not in the water.
Some facts: There is a greenhouse with various types of vegetables, and they can be purchased at the greenhouse. All the food served in the restaurant is locally sourced from local farms. There are 5 hot tubs, a cold pool, 2 steam rooms, and a relaxation room. There is a restaurant and a bar on-site. The water from the spring reaches a temperature of 100 degrees Celsius, and to cool it down to a suitable bathing temperature, it is mixed with cold glacier water. The place is accessible to people with disabilities with wheelchair ramps. It is recommended to stay at Fosshotel Reykholt.
What can be done in the area: Barnafoss waterfalls, also known as the Children’s Waterfalls, are located about 24 km away, a 21-minute drive. The local story is about two children from a nearby farm who fell into the water and drowned. The waterfalls are powerful and cut into a basalt canyon.
Hraunfossar waterfalls, also known as the Lava Falls, are a series of waterfalls stretching about a kilometer and are part of a spring that bursts from the rock, adjacent to the Children’s Waterfalls.
The town of Reykholt, the residence of the Icelandic sagas writer and historian Snorri Sturluson. There is a church and the Snorri Sturluson Museum depicting his life. Approximately 7 minutes and 7 km away.
Glanni waterfalls, located in the settlement of trolls and elves in western Iceland. A series of waterfalls located near a golf course. 24 minutes, 29 km.
The three craters of Grabrok. Beautiful craters that can be climbed using a wooden path to overlook the lava field of Langjokull. 25 minutes, 31 km.
How to get there: Drive on Highway 1 west from Reykjavik. After passing Borgarnes, take Route 50 and turn right, then take another right towards Deildartunghver.
Cancellation policy: More than 48 hours from the arrival date – full refund. Cancellation over 24 hours from the arrival date – partial refund of half the amount. Cancellation less than 24 hours – no refund. In case of cancellation due to road closures (weather, volcanic eruption), a full refund or the option to reschedule the arrival date will be provided.