Efstidalur – farmhouse accomodation

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Great farmhouse on the Golden Circle route, close by Geyser hot spring area, Gullfoss waterfall and Laugarvatn geothermal baths

Efstidalur is a farmhouse hotel only 15 minutes´ drive from the popular Gullfoss Waterfall and Geyser hot springs and 10 minutes from Fontana geothermal baths at Laugarvatni. It offers horse riding, lovely and comforable surroundings and geothermal outdoor hot tub. You can choose rooms with shared or private bathroom. In the area you will find rivers and streams, cows, chickens, birdsong, cows and all the other country side attractions.

Nearby attractions to watch the aurora

We talked to the farmer to discover some hidden gems

You want to be in a great location when you are waiting for the northern lights, not only is it fun to discover hidden local attractions, but more importantly you want to have great backdrop for your once in a lifetime aurora photos. We have contacted the local people to find out what they recommend.

Brúarfoss waterfall – get your once in a lifetime aurora photo

Brúarfoss is a waterfall close to Efstadalur and is well known all over the internet. You can see photos everywhere (see Flickr here and Pinterest here) but few know where it is located. It is in the river Brúará and only 45-60 min hiking from Efstidalur. Head down the road in direction to Geyser and Gullfoss. You will go over a small bridge after 1 km or so. Turn left and walk along the river for 10-15 min until you see the waterfall. You can see a great blogpost about a short journey to Bruarfoss here.

Fontana geothermal baths – soak in a hot tub while you wait

Fontana is a geothermal bath located in a small village Laugarvatn. You can see Flickr photos here. It is a great place to soak in the warm geothermal water and enjoy some natural steam bath. Also great to go into the cold lake inbetween. However contact them in +354 486 1400 to be sure they are open before you go.