Húsafell: Lava and Pond Paradise of West Iceland


Basic Information

With a clear sky and the sprawling farm, Húsafell gets the attention of travelers around the world throughout the year. Situated in Borgarfjörður, West Iceland, this place offers a magnificent natural beauty with a lot of adventure activities. Devoured into a river-crossed valley, with vast lava fields on one side and Kaldá River on the other, this beautiful place is a hub to camps, cottages, geothermal swimming pools, and more. Since it is situated near many tourist attractions of West Iceland, Húsafell has become a central tourist spot to stay and explore the nearby places. If you travel a few kilometres out of Húsafell, you will get a glimpse of Langjökull glacier. Known as the woodland oasis of West Iceland, Húsafell is one of the oldest settlements in the region. At Húsafell, you will find dense woodlands, glaciers, waterfalls, and rugged lava.

Surrounded by colorful birch and bushes, the picturesque Húsafell offers a view of nature’s true beauty. It is the ideal place to capture the beautiful landscapes with mountains, waterfalls and rivers, on your camera. Being a secluded place, far from any coast, this site provides a unique experience. The trout lakes and rivers make the traveling experience more adventurous and livelier. Home to popular artists Jóhannes S. Kjarval and Páll Guðmundsson, Húsafell is an inspiring place for emerging artists. You can take a warm and soothing dip in the geothermal swimming pool. On a clear day without clouds, you will see the wide farm and the giant mountains. When you look at the far end, you will see the top of milky white glaciers.

In Húasfell you will find a campground, restaurant, shop, great playground for the kids and a swimming pool. We highly recommend that you take a warm and soothing dip in the geothermal swimming pool. On a clear day without clouds, you will see the wide farm and the giant mountains from the hot tub. When you look at the far end, you will see the top of milky white glacier, Langjokull

When driving to Húsafell, you will pass  Barnafoss and Hraunfossar waterfalls. The water in Hraunfossar originates from 1 km long lava field and provides an incredible view. In the near vicinity of Húsafell, you will find the lava caves of Víðgelmir and Surtshellir. The caves are situated at a distance of around 12 kilometres from Húsafell. We recommend that you book a tour to Víðgelmir lava cave well in advance since it is the most accessible lava cave in Iceland. From Húsafell you can also go on a tour to Langjökull glacier and visit the man made ice tunnels called Into the Glacier. It is recommended to book your experiences in advance. 

Hraunfossar waterfalls in east Iceland

Natural Sites Around Húsafell

There are lots of hiking trails to be experienced in the region to make your visit exciting and adventurous. These hiking paths are surrounded by high trees and almost no wind that will feel challenging. You can choose Mt. Tengill for a more challenging and adventurous hike. In Langjökull glacier, you will find the world’s largest man made ice cave that is located only an hour away from this lava and pond paradise. They also provide a service to pick you from the Húsafell to make your travel relaxing. If you want to get a glimpse of steaming water of a natural hot spring, then travel around 30 km from Húsafell to reach Deildartunguhver hot spring. It serves as a water source for the houses located in a range of 65 km.

Giljaböð is a new activity for travelers in Húsafell. Giljaböð is a natural hot spring located in the highlands of Iceland. To go to the baths you need to book a guided tour. The tour includes a hike through the highlands and “glacier” Ok that has melted away. You will end the hike with dipping into the hot springs that are located inside a canyon in the highlands. It is truly a magical experience. 

Way to Reach Húsafell

Located in the district of Borgarfjordur, the Húsafell region is at a distance of 64.5 km from Borgarnes and 132 km from Reykjavik, the capital city of Iceland. If you are starting from Reykjavik, it will take around 1 hour and 45 minutes to reach Húsafell. Follow Road Number 1 and pass through the undersea tunnel Hvalfjarðargöng, towards Borgarfjordur.  Just before the bridge heading to Borgarnes, make a right turn onto Road 50. Drive on this road until you reach Húsafell.

You can visit Húsafell in any month of the year as the weather usually remains calm and pleasant. For hiking or any other adventure activity, bring a pair of strong boots to prevent any injury. For accommodation, you will find a beautiful hotel in Húsafell, but there are also many guesthouses and cabins for rent in the area. The campground in Húsafell is also popular among locals. 

Giljaböð hot springs in the highlands of Iceland from Húsafell

Map of Húsafell

Interesting locations in the area

Hotels & Restaurants

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Hvalfjörður | The less traveled fjord close to Reykjavik

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