Hotels in Hella

Hotels & Accommodation in Hella

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Why stay in Hella?

When staying in hotels and accommodations in Hella, you'll experience the charm of a small town with a rich history. Hella's origins can be traced back to Irish monks who sought refuge in caves by the river Ytri-Ranga. Today, it serves as an important regional center and a gateway to exploring the wonders of South Iceland.

Situated on the Ring Road, Hella is an ideal base for visiting renowned sites like Gullfoss, Geysir, Thingvellir National Park, Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, and the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. Additionally, lesser-known attractions such as the Solheimar eco-village and the Fridheimar tomato and horse farm are nearby.

With the surge in tourism, Hella's economy has flourished, offering a variety of amenities and accommodations, from cozy guest houses to hotels. 

Enjoy activities like salmon fishing, horseback riding, dog-sledding, sightseeing tours, and hiking, including the famous Hekla volcano. Unwind in the town's geothermal swimming pool or venture to the nearby Secret Lagoon for a natural hot spring experience.

Whether you're exploring the South Coast or embarking on a self-drive adventure, Hella provides a memorable stay amidst breathtaking landscapes and a fascinating history.

Frequently asked questions

What part of Hella should I stay in?

The choice of where to stay in Hella depends on your personal preferences, itinerary, and the type of experience you desire.
Staying in the town center allows easy access to amenities, restaurants, and shops. It's a convenient choice if you prefer to be close to services and want to explore the local atmosphere of Hella.
Hella is located by the scenic river Ytri-Ranga. Choosing accommodation along the riverside provides a picturesque setting and the opportunity to enjoy river views or engage in activities like fishing.
Hella is situated on the Ring Road, which encircles Iceland. Opting for accommodation along this route allows for easy access to various attractions and destinations in South Iceland. It's ideal if you plan to explore the Golden Circle, South Coast, or embark on a self-drive adventure.
If you prefer a more secluded and tranquil experience, consider staying in accommodations on the outskirts of Hella. These options often offer closer proximity to Iceland's stunning landscapes, providing opportunities for hiking, nature walks, and peaceful retreats.

What is the best hotel in Hella?

One of the best hotels in Hella is River Hotel, with a rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars with over 70 reviews. River Hotel has all the amenities to guarantee a relaxing and comfortable stay. The hotel is surrounded by nature and is well known for its salmon fishing spots. All the famous sights along Iceland's dramatic south coast are within reach of this highly-rated hotel.

What is the best guesthouse in Hella?

The best accommodation in Hella is the family-run Fagrabrekka Guesthouse, with a perfect rating of 5 out of 5 stars by more than 60 travelers. You can enjoy a private retreat with amenities like a kitchenette and a lovely outdoor seating area. Breakfast is also included in the stay, served at a next-door farmhouse.
The Fagrabrekka Guesthouse is located just outside of Hella, allowing you to sleep extra peacefully among the serene Icelandic nature.

Which popular attractions are close to Hella?

Booking your accommodation in Hella is a good option if you plan a trip along Iceland's South Coast and want to visit some of the country's most recognized natural landmarks.
It is worth stopping there if you are looking for accommodation after visiting the hot springs of Landmannalaugar or the beautiful Thorsmork region or planning a trip to the Golden Circle. The Golden Circle is a 190-mile (300 kilometers) route of three of Iceland's most popular natural attractions: Thingvellir National Park, the Geysir geothermal area, and Gullfoss waterfall.
It's also a good location if you want to see the Seljalandsfoss and Gljufrabui waterfalls or the majestic Skogafoss waterfall. Near Hella, you can go for a walk to the Aegissidufoss waterfall along the Ytri-Ranga river that runs by the town.

What is there to do in Hella?

Hella itself is a charming town with plenty of restaurants, cafes, and shops to explore. There are also several hiking trails nearby, including the popular Hekla volcano hike.
For those fascinated by Viking and Celtic history and interested in archaeological ruins, check out this guided tour of the caves of Hella.
For those looking for a trill, join this incredible 2-hour ATV buggy ride across a black sand beach with a transfer from Hella.
Additionally, Hella is an excellent base for exploring the surrounding area, with a wide range of activities available such as horseback riding, glacier tours, and ice cave exploration.

Are there dining options available near hotels in Hella?

Yes, Hella has a variety of dining options, including on-site restaurants in hotels, local eateries, and cafes located within walking distance of most accommodations. Hotel Ranga houses Ranga Restaurant known for its world-class gourmet dining experience. It also has the Ranga Bar, which has an extensive whisky collection, as well as classic cocktails, signature mixed drinks, imported wine, and local draft beers.

Is it necessary to rent a car while staying in a cottage in Hella?

Renting a car while staying in Hella is highly recommended, especially if you plan to explore the surrounding areas and popular attractions. It significantly enhances your overall experience and gives you the freedom to explore Hella and its surroundings more conveniently and extensively.

Do hotels in Hella offer guests free parking?

Yes, all hotels in Hella have free parking located right next to the building. There is no need to book a car park in advance.

When should I book a hotel in Hella to get the best price?

If you want to get the best quality and the lowest possible price on accommodation in Hella, make your reservation in advance. The South Coast of Iceland is the most popular region in the country and a must in the itinerary for most travelers. Many hotels are fully booked several months ahead, especially If you plan to come between June and September.

Is staying in Hella a good idea if I want to increase my chances of seeing the northern lights?

Staying in Hella is a great way to put you in a position to admire the northern lights. Even though aurora borealis occurs all over Iceland, a few conditions need to be fulfilled for you to be able to see it. The most important ones are good weather, clear sky and the lack of light pollution. By booking a hotel in Hella, you can quickly get to the countryside, away from streetlights. When the aurora activity is high, you can often even admire it from your hotel window.

How far is Hella from Reykjavik?

Hella is located in the south of Iceland, about 60 miles (100 kilometers) east of Reykjavik. This is a small but beautiful town with about 800 inhabitants.
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