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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Skogar
Before I even start writing about Hotel Skogar, I would like to remind you that there are no Four Seasons, Ritz Carltons and comparable hotels in Iceland. The best hotels provide decent level of comfort but no "frills". Beyond Reykjavik hotels are few and even more modest. I sort of liked it this way - unspoilt country "unpolluted" by the presence of big hotels. The only downside - you have to make your reservations way-way in advance.
Now, in view of the above - Hotel Skogar is probably the best you could have in the area. It is not big - maybe 10-12 rooms total, its location is very picturesque (a few minutes walk from the Skógafoss - one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland), bordering the farm (I believe the farm and hotel belong to the same owners) - so you can see cute Icelandic horses from your window. The hotel is just off the Ring Road, so - very easy to find. It has all you need (just keep in mind - in Iceland there are no "frills", so - yes - the room is basic and the shower stall is small), the breakfast is included (I personally found it nice and plentiful), there is restaurant on premises for dinner (of course you can drive to another restaurant, but they are not frequent in the countryside). The hotel also has a hot tub and sauna on premises, and some members of our party used the sauna and greatly enjoyed it. The hotel uses hot spring for its hot water, so the hot running water has sulfur smell to it (which might be offputting to some); however, cold running water does not have that smell.
We enjoyed our stay in this hotel. I am giving it 4 stars not based on "comfort and luxury" factor, but because it's best you can find in the area, it has all you need for your stay to be pleasant and it makes a perfect base to explore southern part of Iceland (about 2.5 hrs drive to Reykjavik, about 2.5 hrs drive to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon...well, not counting the stops for amazing views), about 20-30 min drive to Vik and Dyrholaey beach, about 20-30 min drive to Hvolsvöllur (the starting point for many Landmannalaugar and Hekla volcano excursions).
If I am in that area - I would not hesitate staying there again.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
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This morning we retraced our steps back to the glacier lake. It looks entirely different as the glaciers are more spread out across the lake. The weather is still and calm and there are fewer people around. We spend some time taking even more photos of icebergs, Arctic tern and seals before returning to the coach. The ocean is also calm and not as …
After all the turf farms and driving, we started the afternoon at Skogar. We visited the Skogar Folk Museum, fascinating with displays of every telephone model ever made by man, lots of life-saving gear and lore, farm equipment, five homes recreated in typical Icelandic styles. A really great museum and deserving of more time than we gave it. Big …
... the pool after a ten minute hike we were pleased to see there was actually only two people left in the pool. We changed and hopped into the pool, which was about the same temperature as a hot tub...so nice in the cool Icelandic evening air. It was very cool to see the sunset over the mountains, but that also meant a hike back to the car in the dark. Thank goodness for flashlight apps on phones!
Normally, you can drive back in Canada at night without needing ...
As I mentioned in my previous entry - we made our "base" in Skogar for exploring southern (as well as parts of southwestern and southeastern) Iceland ...in retrospect - it's as perfect a "base" as it could be...maybe Vik could be equally as good, but Vik is only about 20 minutes drive from Skogar, so it is really a matter of personal preference ...
... 8217;ll never really get anywhere else and again, I didn’t realize how much in awe I was of the moment until we were stood right behind it, watching the water run down… Bring some sturdy shoes with you when you walk around it – the water and the mud could make for slippery conditions though to be fair, as long as you’re not trying to run across or being reckless, you should be fine.