Hotel Anna: A haven in the heart of Southern Iceland
By Stephanie Lovell | Photos: Hotel Anna
Nestled at the foot of the spectacular Eyjafjallajökull glacier, with grazing Icelandic horses for neighbours and hiking trails on its doorstep, Hotel Anna allows you to experience Iceland in all its natural glory. At the hotel’s charming restaurant, hungry travellers can tuck into traditional dishes prepared using locally sourced ingredients all year round.
Moldnúpur farm in the south of Iceland was home to Sigríður Anna Jónsdóttir, a popular author and keen traveller. Struck by the urge to see the world, she began travelling around Europe on her own, a brave feat for a women in the late 1940s, and wrote books about her experiences, such as A Dairymaid Goes Out Into the World published in 1950. When the farmhouse was converted into a hotel to serve as a tranquil haven for fellow travellers, it was only fitting that it should be named in honour of this epic explorer.
Located right in the heart of the south of Iceland, Hotel Anna is the perfect base from which to reach all of the country’s must-see natural wonders. “Stunning waterfalls, like Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss are just moments away,” says Einar Jóhannsson, hotel manager. “It takes just three hours to drive to the glacial lagoon and Skaftafell national park, while Gullfoss and Geysir are a mere hour and a half away. It’s also the ideal location for hikers planning to hit the trails in Landmannalaugar, Skógar and Thórsmörk.”
Travellers making their way around the country can always stop off for a bite to eat at the hotel’s restaurant at any time of year. “Our chefs prepare traditional regional meals using fresh ingredients sourced from local farmers and fishermen,” says Jóhannsson. “If you come for dinner during the winter, there’s a chance you could catch a glimpse of the northern lights.”
Guests stay in one of seven en suite rooms, equipped with all the essentials. Each room is decorated in its own individual style, while maintaining the original character of the farmhouse. After relaxing and regrouping in the hotel’s hot tub and sauna, you’ll be sure to have all the energy you need for taking in all the awe-inspiring sights awaiting you during your stay.
For more information, please visit www.hotelanna.nwc.is
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