Husafell 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. Husafell is about 90 minutes drive from Reykjavik.
Dense birch woods and lava formations characterize Husafell’s landscape. You also find there 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, the summer resort has always been a beloved getaway for Icelanders enjoying their own holidays. The resort is also a splendid stop in the winter time, when the Northern Lights dance in vibrant colours across the darkened night sky.
What to do in Husafell?
Husafell is a popular hiking destination with stunning nature. You’ll find there something for everyone. Everything from challenging treks up mountains, glaciers and ravines to simple circular walks in the woods. Visit the summer resort for a family friendly environment with plenty of activities for the younger travelers.
Near the area are the natural attractions of Barnafoss and Hraunfossar waterfalls, as well as the underground caves of Vidgelmir og Surtshellir. The glaciers Eiríksjökull and Langjökull are not far away for those looking to do some glacial exploration.
The Husafell resort is completely self-sustainable. Hot water is in abundance in the surrounding area. The water heats many of the summer houses and pools. The cold, fresh water comes from the many glacial streams that run through Husafell.
In the 19th century a colony of artists lived at Husafell. One of these artists was the famous Icelandic painter Jóhannes S. Kjarval. Today, the sculptor Páll Guðmundsson, born and raised in Husafell, lives and works there. Páll of Husafell, as he is commonly known, paints and sculpts faces into stones found in the Husafell area.
The Husafell Stone
Husafell is also home to the famous Husafell Stone. A legendary stone has been used as a test of strength for hundreds of years. The stone weighs around 190 kg (418 lbs). It 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 Husafell Stone. It is a very popular and influential event in the sport of strongman.
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