Hotel Smyrlabjorg

Set in the remote countryside of Iceland’s southeastern coast, Hotel Smyrlabjorg features vistas of the southern foothills with glacier Vatnajökull behind, and rolling pastureland to the ocean ahead. This family-run country hotel on a working farm in Skalafell offers charm, warm hospitality and an authentic experience.

Amenities & Dining

The lobby lounge invites guests to relax on large leather pincushion sofas and read, watch TV or browse locally made handicrafts on the giftshop shelves. The large dining room features a generous complimentary breakfast buffet each morning, with plenty of long communal tables (seating from 150-200 people in total). A la carte lunch and dinner are also available daily in the restaurant (which is equipped with a full-service bar), and complimentary tea, coffee and hot chocolate are on offer around the clock. The menu features homemade products from the farm and other local farms, plus fresh fish and lobster from nearby fishing towns. Special diets can often be accommodated.

Nearby Attractions

Hotel Smyrlabjorg guests can enjoy numerous activities nearby to the property, including hiking and birding, or tours by jeep, snowmobile, horseback, hovercraft or other watercraft. Soak in hot tubs, seek out puffins, visit local museums and golf courses. Or simply enjoy the farm and get to know the sheep, horses, chickens, ducks and dogs that reside there. Western Europe’s largest national park (named after its largest glacier), Vatnajökull, features a magical landscape shaped by icefalls and glacial rivers.


Each of the 68 large, bright rooms either look back onto rugged mountains or forward to the sea. Select rooms accommodate triple and quadruple occupancy. Simple furnishings and clean lines reflect both the rural setting of this working farm property and traditional Scandinavian design. Each guest room offers two twin beds or one king-size bed, two chairs, a flat-screen TV and complimentary WiFi. Each private ensuite bathroom features a Euro-style shower plus a hair dryer.