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Hótel Hvítserkur

2.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

This was my favourite place on my trip. It's a family-run hotel and it shows - the staff are personable and knowledgeable. They even let us know when the Northern Lights were outside, and they were just as excited and happy as their guests! The rooms were comfy and warm, and breakfast was the best we had in Iceland: waffles with Nutella and cream, fruit, cheeses, meat. I would stay here again.

We chose this place because of its isolated location. The road to the hotel is around 20km off the main road number 1. The road is a typical dirt road that's not too difficult with a regular car, just drive slowly and you will be ok. For those in search of total tranquility in the wilderness this is the place to go. The owner is very friendly. The rooms are large and have a desk and two chairs. It's the only place where we had our own bathroom during our 10 day tour of Iceland.

The hotel location is very isolated, but that just adds to the charm of the area. The views are of a lake (10-15 minutes walk from the hotel) and surrounded by mountains. The couple running the place are very hospitable and knowledgeable of the area. They also advised us of other interesting locations to visit. The breakfast was great with plenty of choices. Our room was in the basement, so we had no views, but the room was clean and spacious.

This hotel was run by a very sweet family. They truly cared about making sure we had a good experience. We stayed here for two nights and chose it due to location (needed a northwest base for 2 days), nightly price, and the fact that wifi and breakfast were included. They offered dinner, but we didn't eat it due to price and the fact that we always rolled in pretty late. I was suspicious of the time window provided for check-in, but we rolled in at 10:45pm and the front desk was open for check-in which was great. We had the triple room which was modestly sized. 3 twin beds, a wardrobe, and a desk and chair. We also had an en-suite bathroom which I'm very grateful for since we had irregular hours taking advantage of the long hours of sunlight, and this hotel was pretty large. I think because we had an en-suite bathroom we were on the lower level, but there were plenty of room configurations, so I'm not totally sure. Breakfast was good, and even though we were typically the last to eat, there was always hot food and the people were very friendly. The dining room was also the main hall with a couple of couches, pool table, and tables and chairs to hang out at. Getting there, even though the address says Hvammstangi, DON'T GO DOWN 72.. you need to go a few more miles and take the dirt road 711 (our map didn't have it marked), but the Waze app was spot on. Wifi worked as needed, and coming back to the hotel at 2am was absolutely fine. It's in a really scenic spot and the two nearby landmarks are worth checking out.

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.

Vesturhópi Hvammstangi

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 1 | Sleeps 1

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 31 reviews