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Litli Geysir Hotel

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The Geysir area is one of the most iconic stops on Iceland’s Golden Circle route. Imagine spending the night in a room where you can see its most active geyser, Strokkur, erupting right from your window. That’s exactly what we experienced at the Litli Geysir Hotel in Haukadalur. The hotel doesn’t look like much when you approach, but the interior is beautiful and the service was top-notch. It’s a fantastic choice when you’re looking for affordable hotels near Geysir.

View of geysers from the Litli Geysir Hotel in Iceland

The view

I was supposed to be assisting with unloading the luggage from our car while my mom checked in, but I very quickly realized that we could see Strokkur erupting right from the parking lot. I promptly abandoned my siblings and set off with my camera to try to catch a picture of it across the road. I was even more pleased when we got to our room and looked out the window to find a view of the geyser field.

I took my shoes off and stood on the bed/in the window patiently waiting for another eruption. I did get a weird look from a guy walking outside, though it was probably justified. Watching and listening to a geyser erupting right from the hotel room is an unbeatable Icelandic experience.

The room

Our room had three twin beds and a small bathroom. We had been expecting another person in our group when we booked, so the third bed was added, though it went unused. It was a very standard European hotel room, though I found it easier to find charging outlets than in some other hotels. I’m pretty low-key, so as long as I have a place to charge my gadgets, the wifi works, and the place is clean, I’ll be happy.

Room in the Litli Geysir Hotel in Iceland

Taking a break from photographing geysers.

The bathroom was also very standard. After showering in water with a very strong sulfur smell the night before, we were quite pleased to have less aromatic water to bathe in here. It was also well-stocked with bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and lotion, which is always appreciated since I don’t generally pack those kinds of things.

Bathroom in the Litli Geysir Hotel in Iceland

The food

A good breakfast can make or break a hotel, and this was one of the better ones I’ve had. I can be a little picky with my breakfast foods, but there were plenty of great options to choose from at the Litli Geysir Hotel.

Lobby in the Hotel Litli Geysir in Iceland.

There was a hot table with fried eggs, pancakes, and delicious bacon in addition to fresh fruit and lots of pastries. Did I mention bacon? There was a lot of it. There were so many delicious tea options that I couldn’t pick just one and had two separate cups with my meal. All of us left quite full after enjoying the view of the sunrise over snowy fields.

The Litli Geysir Hotel also has an on-site restaurant that we arrived too late to try. We did get a chance to have a drink and play some cards in the dining area after the kitchen closed, and we had a great time. We also met a friendly front desk host who gave us all kinds of great tips about things to see along the Ring Road where we were heading the next morning.

The Northern Lights

Northern Lights over the Litli Geysir Hotel in Iceland

Ok, this isn’t really related to the hotel, but it just happened to be the scene of our first real glimpse of the Northern Lights. We were pulling into the parking lot after dinner when the sky began to light up and we grabbed our cameras – seriously, don’t go anywhere in Iceland without a camera. We got a real “show” as the beautiful green streaks danced across the sky. I ran across the road to use a short sign as a stable base for my camera since I didn’t have a tripod handy and was treated to several Strokkur eruptions under the aurora. As the lights began to weaken, the streaks overhead changed their path and gave a final flare right over the Litli Geysir Hotel before fading away.

Getting There

The Litli Geysir Hotel in Iceland

The Litli Geysir hotel is about two hours from the Keflavik airport, and a little less than that from Reykjavik. As you approach from the west, it will be on the right side of the street just after you pass the Geysir visitor center and the geysers themselves. It’s the perfect spot to spend the night after exploring the Golden Circle. Visit the hotel’s website here.

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15 Comments

  1. This is useful, I’m more than likely going to Iceland in November, and as yet haven’t planned an itinerary. If I’m heading out that way, I’ll check out the hotel. Safe travels.

  2. AHHHH! I miss Iceland. And amazing Northern lights shot!! I still haven’t gotten to see them!! When I was in Iceland I camped the whole time so I am very envious! This looks amazing!!

  3. A room with a geyser view would be like a dream come true! I’ve been trying to convince hubby to visit Iceland for a while now and I’ll make sure to show him this post, hopefully it’ll be what I need to start planning our trip!

  4. The hotel sounds amazing! I like that the breakfast came with a lot of tea options (I’m really used to the standard orange juice or coffee) which is so refreshing. I’ve never seen the Northern Lights, but I’m sure the experience was absolutely magical (it definitely looks like it was).

  5. That hotel looks so cute!! I’ve always wanted to go to Iceland, hoping it will happen sooner than later. I also never have a tripod ready when I need one!! great post!

    • Kris

      Me neither. I don’t like carrying them when I’m out exploring. It gave me a chance to get creative though, and I managed to get some decent pictures anyway.

  6. Thanks for this insight ! I WILL go to Iceland one day and I will refer back to your blog when I’m looking for hotels (I’ve pinned for future reference). Also how amazing that you got a glimpse of the northern lights !

  7. I cannot even begin to tell you how jealous I am that you got to see the northern lights on a whim like that! Also, I love that you were able to see the eruption from your window. Sounds like an experience that can’t be beat!

  8. Wow, a wonderful hotel with a geyser view AND the Northern Lights. This sounds like a terrific trip. I have Iceland on my bucket list and also hope to see the Northern Lights when I visit!

    • Kris

      Good luck spotting them! We did get really lucky, but a local told us that they occur almost nightly – you just need clear skies and the right timing – so I think the odds are pretty good.

  9. Jewels

    You are so lucky you caught the Northern lights! I know a lot of people visit but miss it. Iceland is high on my travel wish list.

  10. I need to get to Iceland~ I’ve been reading all these great places to see and stay! I feel the same way about breakfast, and you’re totally right that it can make or break a place. That’s usually the first thing I look for after customer rating!

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