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Hótel Hvítserkur

2.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

The Expedia notice said the hotel opened at 1500. Nobody there until 1600. The three-person room was small and spartan, but quiet. The supper was expensive and not very good, (I had lamb, which was not very lamby, my wife and granddaughter had a rather tasteless soup), but as isolated as the hotel is, your only option. For breakfast there was no Skyr, the wonderful Icelandic yogurt, but rather plain yogurt.

This hotel is really isolated, surrounded by rocky hills and with a view of a lake. It is basic - we had a twin room as there were no doubles left. It had a sink which was handy, as the bathrooms and toilets are shared. They are clean, with good hot water (of course!!) and when we were there it was fairly quiet. The hotel offers meals so you don't have to go anywhere, and wine/beer. The meals were quite good. The staff were pleasant and helpful. We really enjoyed our short stay, close to beautiful coastal scenery (the Hvitserkur Sea Stack or drinking dragon) and a quite spectacular rocky fort - called Borgarviki - atop an old volcano plug which offered the most amazing views. One doesn't stay out here for luxury, it is all about being close to the amazing Iceland natural formations and incredible scenery.

We were a group of friends and we stayed at the hotel during a photographic tour of Iceland. The rooms had already been paid for, but the staff tried to make us pay for them again ( in fact they had already made a few of us pay but I asked for a refund). The place is ugly, very low profile, there are stairs and no lift ( bad for people with mobility problems) and their food was terrible, AND EXPENSIVE even for Iceland. So, this is not a place where to go, based in quality and price.

Located far off the "beaten tracks" this little family run hotel is located in the middle of nowhere. Although the rooms are basic with no ensuite bathroom it is the people who run the place that make the difference. They make you feel like being a family member. Hvitserkur is a point of interest to visit near by. Enjoy this beautiful lava structure which is called the "drinking dragon" located near to the hotel. Best time to go is at low tide. There is plenty of wildlife you can observe in this area. A great place for nature lovers and photographers.

The place can be slightly hard to find, but it is WELL worth it. I stayed at Hotel Borgavirki with my fiancé and we were thrilled with the high level of hospitality shown to us. The owners are new, but that doesn't mean that they don't know how to make you feel at home. Their children are adorable, and the language barrier with them hardly seems to make a difference. We booked and ensuite room, and have zero complaints. There is a beautiful lake very nearby (10 minutes walking) and very close driving distance to the Dinosaur Rock! But by far the highlight of our trip were the Northern Lights!!! There is almost zero light pollution and the experience is absolutely unparalleled. 10/10 would recommend, and is a place I will be returning!!!

I stayed at Borgavirki for almost three weeks. I never planned on being there for such a lengthy period, but the hospitality of Kristbjorg and Guni combined with the stunning nature we were surrounded by captivated my heart and demanded that I draw out my plans in the area. I spent my days drinking coffee while effortlessly focused on a slew of creative projects I had long been too distracted to properly engage, going on hikes down to the nearby lakes and up over the surrounding hills, and swapping stories with other travelers. There are a number of iconic Icelandic sites in the area, such as the viking ruin of Borgavirki, the famous dinosaur shaped rock, and an impossible to pronounce but ever so beautiful waterfall / gorge. We also saw the northern lights numerous times, and as there is virtually no light pollution, you have a very clear view of them! Kristbjorg is a phenomenal cook -- I cannot emphasize that enough. Overall a 5 star experience, will definitely return.

our family thoroughly enjoyed our experience in this rather "off the beaten path" hotel. the dear family who runs it had taken over only a couple of weeks before so they had not had opportunity to fix it up much but it was very neat and clean. the food was wonderful for both dinner and breakfast the next morning. the rooms were adequate and comfortable and the dining room has plenty of area for relaxing, reading, visiting, using the wifi, etc. the family is very charming with 4 well-behaved lovely children. we would definitely return to this place on our next visit to iceland--beautiful area. definitely use your GPS to find it! the picture on their website shows they have really done a lot of work on it since we were there! congratulations and best wishes!

When we booked here on our tour of Iceland, we had made the choice based on the photos of the site. It looked like a pretty good bet. However, while you are searching for the place along a beautiful stretch of dirt road (really beautiful), you almost pass by. We got there in the mid-afternoon. The place seemed deserted and abandoned. Not very encouraging compared to the photos. Upon entering, I'm met by a young man with two small children who tells me he doesn't know about our reservations because it's his wife who takes care of the place. When his wife (the new owner) appears everything gets settled very quickly. She showed us our room (corner in back) and helped us out with any questions we had, Very friendly. It turns out, she is the new owner and will finalize the sale next month. That explains the long grass and abandoned look. She seems very eager to make a go of it. For dinner, she told us she would offer to make us something from a choice of 3 items. Since the sale was not finalized she was still in negotiation with the suppliers and the choices were not that many. We decided on the chicken. Dinner is served in a big room with round tables, no place mats and a pool table near the bar at one end of the room which serves as a meeting place at night I guess. It was a very good meal prepared with a personal touch by the owner herself. My compliments. Breakfast was also nice but a little limited. When I booked here, stated the hotel was almost complete with very few rooms available for our dates. We saw and heard of only one couple (two ladies) during our time here (1 night). I'll be very wary of's site from now on. At the price we were charged, I feel ripped off. It was worth only half of what I paid. All in all, I'm at a loss to review this hotel insofar as the owner is very friendly and tried very hard to make pour stay agreable. I cannot say this place is good enough to go back to but I also cannot say to others to not go there. With a bit of time and money to work with, this place could be a very nice hotel.

This guest house was just bought by a charming young family. Rooms are comfortable and clean. Their kids are adorable and playful and the food... DELICIOUS!!! She made us a salmon dinner that knocked our socks off. For breakfast she made us the best waffles of my life with chocolate sauce and whip cream.... mmmmmmmm. This is a fun stop off the beaten path. They have a large game room/common area that is super kid friendly, fast wi-fi and comfy beds. I spent my whole evening here painting with their 4-yo daughter Silia. Art and silliness know no language barriers. :)

After about 20 min down a dirt road and in the fog- we were very pleased when we found our hotel.....out in the middle of nowhere. Upon check in the gentleman who runs the place- knew exactly who we would be- as though he was waiting for us. He summoned his counter part to show us our room which was for lack of better description - in the basement. The room was dark with 3 tiny beds and a bathroom that gets soaked after running the shower but here are the positives- the staff goes above and beyond- even preparing our meals at 8:30 pm- which were delish! Breakfast is provided and was plentiful. Everything is super clean! Wifi works best in the dining room. Beds were comfortable! When out in the middle of nowhere and in need of a meal and a place to rest your head- this will do just fine!

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Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining

Located in Thorfinnsstadir, Hótel Hvítserkur is 17.1 mi (27.5 km) from Kolufossar Falls and 23.9 mi (38.4 km) from Thingeyrar. This 15-room hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like a restaurant, a bar/lounge, and free in-room WiFi. Icelandic Seal Center Museum is also 24.1 mi (38.7 km) from this Hvammstangi hotel.


This hotel is home to a restaurant and a bar/lounge. For a nice break, mingle with other guests at the free daily manager's reception. Start your day off with breakfast, available for a fee.


Guests can expect free WiFi and TVs.

Property features

Hótel Hvítserkur features free WiFi in public areas, a meeting room, and a terrace. Free offsite parking is available if you drive. Helpful staff can provide tour or ticket assistance and luggage storage. This smoke-free hotel also has a garden.

Room options

Deluxe Single Room, Private Bathroom

Twin 2 | Twin 1 | Sleeps 2

Single Room, 1 Twin Bed, Shared Bathroom

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Deluxe Double Room, Private Bathroom

Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Triple Room, Private Bathroom

Twin 3 | Sleeps 4

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

37% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 27 reviews