Húsafell

Húsafell is an historic farm and church estate in south-west Iceland that now serves as a hub for visitors, with amenities such as a swimming pool, golf course, convenience store, various types of accommodation and more. Húsafell is about 90 minutes drive from Reykjavik.

Húsafell's landscape is characterized by dense birch woods, lava formations, crystal-clear mountain springs, stunning ravines, glaciers, rushing glacial rivers and extraordinary animal and birdlife. Due to this, and its sunny and warm summer climate, Húsafell has always been a beloved getaway for Icelanders enjoying their own holidays. Husafell is also a splendid stop in the winter time, when the Northern Lights dance in vibrant colours across the darkened night sky. 

Húsafell is a popular hiking destination in stunning nature, with something for everyone, from challenging treks up mountains, glaciers and ravines to simple circular walks in the woods. Visit Húsafell for a family friendly environment with plenty of activities for the younger travellers.

Near the Húsafell area are the natural attractions of Barnafoss and Hraunfossar waterfalls, as well as the underground caves of Víðgelmir og Surtshellir. The glaciers Eiríksjökull and Langjökull are not far away for those looking to do some glacial exploration.

The Húsafell resort is completely self-sustainable. Hot water is in abundance in the surrounding area and is used to heat the houses and pools. The cold, fresh water comes from the many glacial streams that run through Húsafell.

In the 19th century a colony of artists lived at Húsafell. One of these artists was the famous Icelandic painter Jóhannes S. Kjarval. Today, the sculptor Páll Guðmundsson, born and raised in Húsafell, lives and works there. Páll of Húsafell, as he is commonly known, paints and sculpts faces into stones found in the Húsafell area.

Húsafell is also home to the famous Húsafell Stone. A legendary lifting stone the Húsafell Stone has been used as a test of strength for hundreds of years. The stone weighs around 190 kg (418 lbs) and can either be lifted up or lifted and carried around the goat pen where it's kept. The test to achieve fullsterkur (full-strong) status is to lift the stone up and carry it the 50 metres around the perimeter of the goat pen. In 1992 the World's Strongest Man competition was held in Iceland and featured a stone lifting event using the actual Húsafell Stone. It proved to be a very popular and influential event in the sport of strongman and is still featured today, using replicas of the Húsafell Stone