Hotel Eldhestar is situated at Vellir in Ölfus and is only a 30-minute drive away from Reykjavík. The hotel was opened the 1st of June in 2002 with 10 rooms, bar and restaurant. Three years later the hotel was extended by 26 rooms and a conference room.
Hótel Eldhestar was the first lodging in Iceland to receive the Nordic ecolable, the Nordic swan. Both the building process as well as daily operations in the hotel follow the guidelines of the swan. Materials used to built the hotel needed to be ecolabled, all waste is soted at the hotel and we use ecolabled and regional goods in our restaurant when this is an option.
At Hotel Eldhestar you can expect to get an unrequested wake-up call from a golden plover or other birds in the area. Actually, the unrequested wake-up call is part of our policy. Eldhestar's goal is to show visitors to Iceland its unique wilderness. Therefore, it was a natural step for us to develop an environmental policy. It is important for us to keep the country as clean as it has always been.
When designing the hotel, we drew inspiration from the colors and materials in Icelandic nature as well as from Icelandic culture. We wanted to let genuine craftmanship and old tradition inspire the interior, in a house built with modern ecological technology. The goal was to create a warm and cosy atmosphere.
Around the hotel are fields, meadows and just Icelandic nature. We can enjoy its unique silence. The windows are big and increase the feeling that you are close to nature, also when you are inside.
We have dedicated our hotel to the Icelandic horse - our most useful servant for centuries. Before Iceland had bridges and roads, the country was difficult to cross, and the horse played a big part in making life possible.