Hótel Geirland is the perfect choice for nature lovers who like to walk, hike or simply enjoy the beautiful surroundings and northern lights. The rooms are cozy and comfortable with great view over the mountains where the northern lights appears on beautiful nights.
The Hotel Geirland is a cozy countryside hotel that is just 2 kilometers from the famous village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur. It offers 40 comfortable rooms, which are all equipped with an ensuite bathroom, ensuring that it is perfect for people who want an authentic experience that still retains the modern amenities that you would expect from a high-quality hotel. The hotel also has a delicious traditional Icelandic restaurant that utilizes local produce from nearby farms to give guests a true taste of Icelandic cuisine. The hotel is an excellent base to explore the wonders of the surrounding area and is within striking distance of hiking routes, places of historical significance and much, much more. If you visit during the winter, then its isolated location makes it perfect for those who want to see the ethereal colors of the Northern Lights. If you want to stay in a wonderful hotel that lies well off the beaten track, then the Hotel Geirland may be the perfect place for you.
Kirkjugolf (the church floor) is an expanse of hexagonal basalt rocks that look exactly like the ruins of a church floor. However, there is no record of there ever being a church in the area, meaning that they were crafted by the hand of mother nature, as opposed to man. This has made Kirkjugolf incredibly popular with visitors to the area and an absolute must-see for anyone staying at the Hotel Geirland.
Fjaðrárgljúfur is a dramatic glacial river canyon that has been hewn into the earth by the erosion of glacial meltwaters over the millennia. It is fairly new in geological terms and began to form during the last ice age around 10,000 years ago. The meandering ravine stretches around 1.25 kilometers and is populated by a series of small cascading waterfalls which only serve to enhance its beauty. Visitors to Fjaðrárgljúfur can pick their way along the edges of the valley, offering stunning bird’s eye views of this incredible natural wonder. Its colors are particularly spectacular – with an icy blue streak of glacial water, sandwiched between emerald moss-covered rocks and darker volcanic rocks, creating a mesmerizing and very photogenic effect. Fjaðrárgljúfur is also very isolated and less popular than many of Iceland’s other tourist attractions, making it ideal for people who want to escape the crowds and enjoy the tranquil beauty of a special place. The Hotel Geirland is ideal for those who want to explore all the magic that Fjaðrárgljúfur has to offer and is just a short drive from it.
Kirkjubæjarklaustur - Systrastapi (Sisters’ Rock) and Systrafoss (Sister’s Falls)
Systrafoss (the sister’s falls) is a gorgeous waterfall that snakes its way through a remote Icelandic village in Kirkjubæjarklaustur. It gets its name from a famous convent of nuns who lived in the area and the region is renowned for being the only part of Iceland that did not believe in Norse culture. Systrafoss itself is a remarkable sight and has two frothy white cascades that rush down the hillside in perfect symmetry. During the winter the falls completely freeze – creating a dramatic and equally beautiful scene. Systrastapi (the Sisters' Rock) is a unique rock formation that is perched on top of a hill to the west of the village. It is a popular hiking route with tourists and locals alike, thanks to its rolling green fields and the beauty of the Rauðárfoss Waterfall (the red waterfall). Rauðárfoss is a remarkable waterfall, where a gentle trickle of water flows across blood-red, iron-colored basalt columns, creating a stunningly beautiful and photogenic scene that everyone is sure to appreciate. From there the path continues on to the famous sisters’ rock, which is steeped in myth and legend. It gets its name from a pair of local nuns who were buried on top of the rock, after being burnt at the stake as punishment for breaking their sacred vows. One of them, called Katrin, was believed to have made a Faustian pact with the devil during Holy Communion, she was also believed to have had sex with many men and was thus condemned to death by fire. The other, whose name has been lost to history, was said to have blasphemed against the Pope and thus was also sentenced to death. When Iceland became Protestant in 1550, the second nun was pardoned and local legend claims that flowers grew over her grave, while Katrin’s remained barren. The final sight in Kirkjubæjarklaustur is Systravatn (the Sisters' Lake) – a beautiful area that is also steeped in local legend. Two of the nuns from the convent were said to be sitting by the lake when an unusually beautiful comb was extended by a supernatural hand, which made one of the nuns seek to retrieve it. However, the unfortunate nun waded too deep into the lake and drowned. The second nun also wanted the comb but realized that she would be unable to retrieve it by herself, thus she decided to climb aboard a dapple-grey horse and ride into the lake. However, she too was unsuccessful and neither she nor the first nun was ever seen again, which is where the lake gets its name. The Hotel Geirland is ideal for people who want to explore the beauty and rich history of Kirkjubæjarklaustur.