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This morning was rather exciting, I managed to sleep through three methods of transportation, the car from the hotel to the airplane, the airplane to Reykjavik, and the car that picked us up from the airport to our first destination on the golden circle. The destination was the place where the first laws of the Icelandic people were composed and …
... You are MINE. MUAHHHH." From that moment on, I knew I would like it. They served as many 'Gull' beer as we wanted, which was my favourite before going there. Then they told us the history of drinking beer in Iceland, which was actually prohibited for about 40 years. Liquor wasn't prohibited so we drank what they drank, which was a non-alcoholic beer with vodka in it. Sounds nasty but was actually good. The tour ended with us all having maybe a beer or two in us.On ...
... to return to the city. Beautiful drive though, most of the farms had sheep and horses grazing in the fields - only saw one that had cattle. On the way there we went through the Hvalfjörður Tunnel, which was built in 1998 to shorten the distance from Reykjavik by about 1 hour...the tunnel goes under water, (under the Hvalfiorour Fjord) about 165 meters and is about 6km long, took about 7 minutes to go through. Fun day, tomorrow is another road trip so early to ...
... but I can imagine that it is an incredible place to listen to a concert. Back to the hotel for a short rest as we have walked miles!! - and a chance for me to finish the blog and watch the football. More drinks at the Irish club and a toast to Phil on reaching half a century before some well deserved wood fired pizzas. Off to bed as it was an early start in the morning - 4:30!!!! and back to the ...
Normal start to the day this morning with a leisurely breakfast and then out and about around Reykjavik centre. As the sun was shining and there wasn't a cloud in the sky we headed for Hallgrimskitkja church and a chance to spend more time looking around this beautiful building. There was a large statue of Leif Erikson outside with the church in the background so a chance for a well framed photograph. Very interesting sculpture with light and water in ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Glymur Akranes
I have visited Iceland on three previous occasions and have fallen in love with this wonderful spot in the North Atlantic. I have always stayed in and around Reykjavik which is a lively, friendly but unfortunately expensive city. I have also visited the Golden Circle of tourist wonders and the Blue Lagoon. This time I chose a hotel outside Reykjavik on the shores of the Whale Fjord. The Glymur has wonderful views across a tranquil inlet and rolling hills and mountains in the distance. The Hotel itself is an art gallery, full of artefacts from all around the world, all with a slightly odd and funky slant. The owners, Jon and Hansina, welcome all the guests like they are coming into their family home. The food is superb and the restaurant had diners who had just come to the hotel to eat, which is always a good sign. The rooms are on two floors with the sleeping area on a gallery - not so good for the infirm or slightly tipsy! Even though we were in the middle of nowhere, there was plenty to do with trips up the glacier, lovely walks, whale watching etc. If you needed a shot of nightlife, Reykjavik is only 45 minutes away. This is a wonderful hotel, I do not have shares in it, unfortunately. I recommend Glymur whole-heartedly, especially for travellers who are planning a two centre holiday in Iceland - madness in Reykjavik - tranquility in Hvalfjordur.
We arrived in Iceland towards the end of May and found we had to change our plans to stay in the north, due to excessive snowfall; we needed somewhere to stay and the hotel Glymur, a 90-min drive from Keflavik, was very accommodating. The rooms are comfortable; we had a great view of the mountains and fjord. I liked the split level with a sitting area and bathroom downstairs and the bedroom upstairs- very comfortable beds. The staff are extremely helpful and friendly, and everyone has time for you, including the owners. All views are spectacular, the outdoor geothermal hot tubs marvellous, and the level of hygiene is high. The décor, while being quirky with a mix of art and knick-knacks, works. I am a vegetarian and it was no trouble to produce appropriate meals.
Myself and my family (children 10 and 7) stayed 6 nights in this fabulous hotel. From the moment we arrived we were all (especially the children) made to feel extremely welcome. After a tour of the hotel, pointing out the hot tubs with the spectacular views, we were shown the newly refurbished bedrooms which were chic and mordern with the most comfortable beds. The food was a la carte and very good quality but not fussy as my children ate the same menu without any problems. Hotel Glymur is set overlooking whale fiord with both its amazing natural beauty and wealth of history (Jon gives an excellent tour/talk on all things WW2/Whaling in the area), it is truly an ideal location to explore the surrounding countryside. I would recommend a stay here as we returned home both relaxed and invigorated.
Completely refurbished; awesome place
We stayed at Hotel Glymur in April 2006, just after a three month refurbishment of the hotel. Whilst we haven't been here before, judging the earlier reviews I can only say that the place probably got a lot better than it already was. The staff are excellent and so welcome, it's like coming home to your mum!
The view over the fjord is stunning and the hotel rooms are so unique, with a living room downstairs (leather sofa, flat screen tv and bless: Senseo coffee machine!) and the bedroom upstairs.
The hotel is full of great artwork and all sorts of interesting sculptures from all over the world.
And let's not forget the food: how's about smoked salmon, complete French cheesboard, fresh thick bread etc for breakfast.
Sadly we were only here for two days!
I enjoyed it
I have stayed here three times and I'll be back next year. I find it calm and cozy, no stress and the owners are doing their best to make me happy. It is a family hotel and especially the son is doing en excellent job in the restaurant. I enjoy the meals, the hot pot and most of all -a room with a view.
One word: Excellent.
We've just had our wedding at the hotel in June 2005 and we couldn't have been happier. We had friends from all over the world (US, Italy, UK, France, Mexico) visit us and all were quite impressed with the standard of the service. The staff was very attentive, the food was purely divine and as an extra bonus, the hotel is situated in one of Iceland's most beautiful locations, near a bay/lake and majestic mountains.
I agree with the other reviews that if you're looking for a quality hotel at a fantastic location and an unique peaceful experience, then Hotel Glymur will be your choice.
We have just returned from a week long stay at the Hotel Glymur and we have had the most fantastic time there. The staff were ALL very friendly, helpful and accomodating. The food was excellent and plentiful and the room was cosy and comfortable. We paricularly liked the way it was on a split level, giving a sort of bedroom and sitting room feel. We made full use of the geothermal hot tubs which are out in the open and give amazing views out over the fjord as you sit and steam! It is worth noting that the hotel is not in Reykjavik itself, but a 40 minute car journey away from the capital in a peaceful rural setting that allows you to truly unwind and relax. We felt that we were treated like royalty during our stay and nothing was too much trouble for our hosts. I would recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a comfortable base from which to explore the south west of Iceland.
Every year I go to Iceland to fish for Salmon and I always stay 1-2 nights at this hotel wich is about an hour away from Reykjavik. I like to come there to unwind and get me in the mood for fishing. I love the view, the friendly staff and the food is always fantastic. One of the things I like about this hotel is how different it is. I spend over half of the year traveling and I always stay at hotels and they are all the same but Hotel Glymur is different. The whole hotel is a gallery that you can spend hours exploring different types of art, photography and history. I like the fact that there are no TV. in the rooms as I rather spend my time outsite walking, in the hut tub or in the cosy library reading. I can totally recomend this hotel for everyone that is looking for something diffrent and less formal then all the Marriots out there, because it is truly unique.
We traveled to Iceland as part of our honeymoon. Most of the time was spent in Reykjavik, but I thought we should sneak out to the country for a few nights. The website makes the Hotel Glymur look like a really friendly, eclectic, arty hotel surrounded by gorgeous wilderness. Well, the best part was the drive out there, along the edge of the beautiful, secluded whale fjord. This alone almost made the excursion worth it.
Ok so it looks like a red garden shed on a hill (see the web site). But that didn't initially put us off - perhaps it should have done. We had read a lot about Icelandic hotels and to be honest didnt expect much, but were pleasantly surprised by the 3 other hotels we stayed in on our recent trip to this wonderful island.