Location & Nearby
Along the Ring Road 45 miles (72 kilometers) west of Reykjavik, this farm stay is perfectly positioned for travelers looking for a rural base near Selfoss, a hugely popular cultural hub in southwest Iceland. Despite the quick 1.8 miles (2.9 kilometers) drive from Highway 1, the location feels like a world away, with Icelandic horses, family dogs, and other animals viewable from right outside the doors of your accommodation. You’ll also find a geothermally heated swimming pool, a famous traditional Icelandic hot dog stand (Pylsuvagninn Selfossi), wonderful ice cream (Huppa), and Tryggvaskali restaurant, which serves traditional Icelandic cuisine in an atmospheric historic building dating to 1890 with beautiful views of Olfusa River.
The countryside around Asahraun Guesthouse is loaded with some of Iceland’s most popular attractions, including the must-see Golden Circle: Thingvellir National Park, whose astounding geological features are the result of a rift valley located between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates; the Geysir geothermal area, home to the geyser from which all other geysers get their name (Great Geysir) along with its highly-eruptive neighbor, Strokkur; and the terraced Gullfoss waterfall, which features falling water tumbling down two drops from an overall height of 105 feet (32 meters).
Other popular activities within easy reach of Asahraun include hiking at Hekla volcano (55 miles, or 88 kilometers, east), river bathing, and horseback riding at Reykjadalur Steam Valley (18.6 miles, or 30 kilometers, northwest) and several golf courses and wool centers.
This is just 69 miles (111 kilometers) from Iceland’s international airport at Keflavik.
Facilities & Amenities
Asahraun Guesthouse’s three units are circular, twin occupancy “sleeping barrels” (pods reminiscent of oversized wine barrels) constructed from local hardwoods. Each unit contains parquet floors. Bathrooms are shared along with a fully-equipped kitchen with a microwave, a dining area, and a TV. A fridge, an oven, and a stovetop are available, along with a kettle and coffee machine. Wi-Fi and on-site parking are included in room rates.
A terrace and garden can also be found at the lodge. Northern lights have been known to make appearances as well – an experience all the more amazing when seen from the steamy comforts of the communal hot tub (bathrobes are provided).
Sheep, horses, ducks, geese, chickens, turkeys, dogs, and cats round out the wild roster of livestock and domesticated amenities that liven up this unique rural farm stay.
Why Choose Asahraun Guesthouse?
Asahraun Guesthouse will appeal to independent travelers, glampers, and nature enthusiasts who want to stick close to the land without sacrificing modern comforts and amenities. But these three overnight capsules of snooze don’t stay vacant for long – book well ahead to ensure you aren’t barred from the barrels!