The family-owned Torfhús Retreat is a secluded luxury escape with 25 chalet-style rooms, situated in the Golden Circle. With a strong environmental focus, the hotel runs entirely on sustainable geothermal and hydroelectric energy, with design inspired by an Icelandic Viking farm at Stöng.
Classic 'torfhouse' style buildings are made from stone, turf and wood. There are 15 Torfbær Suites, sleeping two, which feature a living room, private terrace and shared basalt hot tub sunken into the landscape. The larger Torfhús Residences offer two bedrooms, a spacious living area and a private geothermal-powered basalt stone hot tub. Think living turf roofs, reclaimed wood (including an Icelandic fishing boat that has been repurposed as a sofa) and leathered salmon skins adorning the walls of the Viking Langhus. This is Icelandic heritage brought up to the 21st century, and in a location with zero light pollution.
The Viking Langhus is where chef Thorarinn Eggertsson serves breakfast from the reclaimed horse-drawn cart, and creates cutting-edge Icelandic fare with ingredients sourced mostly from within a 10-mile radius. Dine with the Icelandic horses as your backdrop, in the greenhouse or inside the cowshed with an up-close-and-personal view of the livestock. Disconnect, unwind and retreat from the crowds.
- Jaded urbanites
- Northern Lights gazers
- Wilderness and nature lovers
Things to do at the hotel:
- Trek over hills and past rivers to be met with a picnic lunch
- Stargaze from your geothermal basalt tub
- Feast on the finest Icelandic cuisine with views of grazing horses
Things to do nearby:
- Explore the three natural wonders of the Golden Circle off-peak, in the early morning or late evening
- Ride the remarkable ‘five-gaited’ breed of Icelandic horse along wilderness trails
- Take a helicopter trip over the mesmerising glaciers and waterfalls
- Super-jeep across the highlands of Landmannalaugar, to find colourful valleys leading to the Rhyolite Mountains, volcanic craters and spring-fed waterfalls
- Dive into crystal clear waters, to see rock formations that nestle between tectonic plates
- Head to the 8,000 year old lava cave to see its colourful volcanic wall
- Encounter the Icelandic wildness by travelling down the Hvítá River in a raft or kayak
- Venture onto the Langjökull or Hofsjökull glaciers for hiking, ice climbing and snowmobiling