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Húsafell is a popular outdoor recreational area in Borgarfjördur packed full of incredible attractions. From the legendary hiking trails, and the Húsafell stone to the Giljaböð baths and adventures beneath a glacier, there’s so much to do.
Autumn scene with small summer cabins nestled among the bushes near a tranquil lake shore, surrounded by trees in shades of orange and brown.
Best time to Visit
All year-round
Coordinates
64.69921, -20.86920
Distance from Reykjavík
130km (80mi)

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What to know before visiting Húsafell

Where is Húsafell?

Húsafell is a farming estate and visitor hub in the western region of Iceland. With a permanent population of about 10 people, it’s even too small to be really called a village.

Yet despite Húsafell’s tiny size, this farm has become an incredible visitor destination. Set far from the bustle of Iceland’s bigger settlements, it’s a place to discover some of the most fascinating sights that the country has to offer.

You’ll find Húsafell about 130 kilometres (80 miles) from Reykjavík, to the north-east of the city. From Reykjavík follow route 1—Iceland’s “Ring Road”—north towards Borgarnes and take route 50 to the east. You’ll arrive in Kleppjárnsreykir, and Húsafell is only a short distance from there.

The journey from Reykjavík should take about two hours. If you’re navigating with Google Maps, though, be aware that you may be led to a different Húsafell, a mountain peak near the Secret Lagoon close to the village of Flúðir. Instead, you’re looking for the Húsafell on the northwest side of the glacier known as Langjökull.

It’s in a breathtaking location, surrounded by glaciers, mountains, waterfalls, and lava fields.

What to do at Húsafell

Húsafell has an impressive array of things to see and do. While it might look small, it really packs a punch.

Exploring the glacier

One of the best things to do at Húsafell is to explore the Langjökull glacier that sits nearby. Its name means “long glacier”, and it’s the second-largest glacier in Iceland. It’s also one of the deepest—and it’s this that allows it its incredible secrets.

Explore Langjökull on a monster truck ( or as locals call them: "super jeeps") or a snowmobile. You’ll see the beauty of the glacier while enjoying the speed and thrill of these powerful vehicles.

One of the truly exceptional things to do at Langjökull is to venture beneath the ice. At Húsafell, you’ll find the starting point of the tour that’s called "Into the Glacier experience". Here, you can explore the elements below the surface of the glacier in the largest ice tunnel in Iceland. It’s a dazzling experience to walk between the cold walls of ice.

Relaxing in a rugged landscape

Another popular attraction to enjoy at Húsafell is the Húsafell Canyon Baths. Known in Icelandic as the Húsafell Giljaböð, this is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy Iceland’s natural beauty at the same time.

The baths are a great destination at which to experience Iceland’s geothermal power, which heats these relaxing pools. On a tour, you can explore the area and take a dip. You’ll find yourself in a deep rocky canyon, far from civilisation, while you relax in the pools.

Visit in winter to enjoy the northern lights while you unwind in the warm water. Here in Húsafell, there’s very little light pollution, as you’re quite far from the nearest settlement. That means that you can enjoy the aurora borealis at their most vivid, if the skies are clear.

Want more incredible landscapes? Head a short distance down the road to Hraunfossar. It’s a waterfall where the gentle flow emerges from a lava field. As a result, it’s one of Iceland’s most famous waterfalls. But don’t miss Barnafoss close by. It stands in dramatic contrast to Hraunfossar, in its angry and violent torrent.

Testing your strength

Húsafell is also famous for what’s become known as the Húsafell stone. It’s a legendary rock that people come from all over the world specifically to test their strength on. Weighing in at 186 kg (410 lb), it’s only for the very strongest—but you’re more than welcome to give it a try.

You’ll find this rock next to the sheep pen of which it was once the door. Try and pick it up to your chest and carry it. The world record is held by an Icelander who managed to carry the rock nearly 100 metres.

How to visit to Húsafell

As it’s less than two hours’ drive from Reykjavík, Húsafell is really conveniently located from the capital city. There are many options for places to stay in the area, but you can also visit Húsafell’s best sights in a day trip from Reykjavík.

In fact, if you don’t want to drive, one of your best options to visit Húsafell is to take a guided group tour from Reykjavík. We can show you the very best of the Langjökull glacier, for example, including the Into the Glacier experience.

That said, it’s very easy to spend longer than a day in Húsafell. With plenty of hotels, campsites, restaurants and other facilities, you’ll be spoiled for choice.

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