Skálakot Manor: Comfort and luxury in the heart of the Icelandic countryside
By Molly McPharlin | Photos: Nicole Heiling
Nestled amongst the green hills of southern Iceland sits Skálakot Manor, a family-run farm and boutique hotel. From the idyllic base of the hotel, guests can enjoy horse riding, hiking, caving and exploring the waterfalls, mountains, and coastal regions of the country.
Operating as a breeding farm for Icelandic horses for seven generations, Skálakot has provided guest accommodation since 2017. In addition to its cosy rooms, the hotel offers visitors fine cuisine, a spa, and a variety of both relaxing and high-energy activities, including fishing, snowmobiling, helicopter tours, Super Jeeps, and glacier explorations. Indeed, situated close to the Eyjafjajökull Glacier, Skálakot Manor is surrounded by many of the natural elements that make Iceland unique and is an ideal base from which to get to know the Icelandic countryside.
“Skálakot emulates a farm vibe with an element of luxury,” says Loreyn Torres, the manager of Skálakot Manor. “Each room is designed for a relaxing stay without losing the essence of the place. But it is still a working farm. Visitors might see tractors, horses, and sheep. They can meet the owner, who will show them around the property and explain our use of green energy in the hotel. The Manor operates a hydraulic plant, powered by a river on the property, helping us produce our own electricity and heating for the water supply. Sustainability is very important to us.”
All types of visitors from all over the world come to Skálakot Manor. “We have families exploring nature, couples celebrating special occasions, single travellers relaxing with some time off,” says Torres.
Several rooms are adapted for guests with disabilities or are suitable for families with younger children, and the farm is constantly being developed to allow guests to enjoy the areas designed for visitors.
Indeed, the fact that Skálakot Manor is a working farm gives guests an opportunity to have a truly Icelandic experience. “Visitors are welcome to come to the stables and interact with our iconic horses and sheep. Property tours are always available by reservation. They include stories and history of the farm so that people get to see the property in a special way, from the perspective of the family,” explains Torres and concludes: “Really, it cannot get more personal than this.”
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