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.
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
The idea for Red Savannah was always based on a clear market need. A small team of the most experienced travel designers, supported by the latest technology and delivered with the lightest touch. In short, a travel company redefined for the 21st century.