Our home is located in Laugarás village located near the Golden Circle, only an hour and a half drive from Reykjavík and we are only 30 km from Geysir. We...
Where is it?
Laugarás – the geothermal eco-village
Laugarás is a small, yet unconventional village by the river Hvítá, one of the big glacier rivers in Iceland, fostering the great waterfall Gullfoss. Rich of geothermal energy, villagers in Laugarás are some of the leading producers of vegetables and flowers that are grown in many of the village’s greenhouses.
Laugarás is known for its unique and warm weather conditions (on Icelandic scale) which are mainly caused by its rich fauna and trees (again, on Icelandic scale).
Just 200 meters from our house, the organic farm Engi offers organic vegetables and has an open vegetable market during weekend. Further down the road, you will find a few self-service vegetable sales stands by the local farmhouses – there you can buy very good products for a reasonable prize. Please respect the farmers and pay for the products you take.
Nearby the house is the petting zoo Slakki, which is a huge attraction for families. In Slakki, you can see all types of domestic farm animals in Iceland, as well as pets – where you can pet dogs, cats (kittens), rabbits and guinea pigs, as an example. In addition, you can play pool, mini-golf and putting in indoor fields. Furthermore, Slakki has a bistro, that is mainly open in the evenings.
The Laugarás Healthcare Clinic is only a short 3-minute drive from the house – it is open Monday – Friday 8:00 – 16:00.
Selfoss is the next big town, approximately 30 minutes’ drive from the house, by road no 1. If you are coming from Reykjavík or Keflavík Airport, you will see the town on your way. Selfoss has a small shopping mall, hardware stores (Byko and Húsasmiðjan) and big supermarkets (Bónus and Krónan), along with several petrol stations. We recommend that you stop there for shopping, before coming to the house.
In Reykholt, which is a nearby village, you can find Bjarnabúð, which is a mini-market and a petrol station.
Nearby attractions, food and dining
The famous Golden circle attractions, Geysir, Gullfoss and Þingvellir are in 30, 40 and 57 km distance.
It is easy to find good places for dining nearby our house. Here are some of our favourite dining options:
Friðheimar is a family-owned and run greenhouse farm in Reykholt. They are one of the biggest tomato manufacturers in Iceland. They have a restaurant inside one of their greenhouses, where guests can enjoy delicious tomato soup, home-made bread, various dishes (where tomatoes play the leading role) – even beer and ice cream with tomato flavour – and enjoy the tropical climate of the greenhouse around the tomato plants. Furthermore, they produce spices, chutneys and all kinds of food products, which they sell at the restaurant. They only operate in the afternoon from 12:00 – 16:00 – we recommend you book a table because they are very busy and popular all year round.
Restaurant Mika is a family-owned restaurant in Reykholt. Their speciality is home-made chocolate and their deserts are worth trying.
Skálholt Restaurant (by Skálholt Cathedral) offers various Icelandic, traditional dishes. The Cathedral is worth visiting – only 5 minutes’ drive from the house.
Farm hotel Efsti-Dalur is about 15-20 minutes’ drive. This hotel has a restaurant in a converted barn, where you can see the livestock (cows and calves) through the window. They have, in our view, probably the best rib-eye steak in Iceland. Furthermore, they make their own ice cream, with many delicious flavours worth trying in their ice cream barn.
Flúðasveppir Restaurant is in the village of Flúðir (x minutes’ drive). Flúðasveppir is the biggest mushroom manufacturer in Iceland and at the restaurant, they serve mouth-wateringly good mushroom soup with home-made bread. A place indeed worth visiting.
Gallerí Laugarvatn is in the village of Laugarvatn. Their speciality is the local brown bread (baked in the geothermal soil down at the lake Laugarvatn) with smoked salmon, among other dishes. The place is also (as indicated in the name) an art gallery, with local arts and crafts.
Héraðsskólinn á Laugarvatni is a hostel in Laugarvatn in a historic building that used to host a junior high school. This building is a landmark in Laugarvatn, and the inspiration of the architect was sought to the old turf houses. Today, this building hosts a hostel and a café / bistro.
Græna Kannan Organic Café is in Sólheimar – approximately 20 minutes’ drive from the house. Sólheimar is an eco village and the café only sells food and products made of organic materials. This is worth the visit!
These recommendations are based on our preferences. Please see tripadvisor and (Website hidden by Airbnb) for other options.
To get to Laugarás Village from Reykjavík (Keflavík International Airport), drive through Reykjavík towards destination Vík. Once you pass the town of Hveragerði, after 10 minutes drive you turn left on Road 35 and drive for approximately 20 kilometres. Then you turn to the right on Road 31 (destination Laugarás). In 5 kilometres, you've reached the village of Laugarás.
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