The Enchanted Island
Hotel Borealis, a Countryside Hotel with Style and Soul
While travelling in Iceland during autumn, the weather and the sun’s changing light create a unique atmosphere in the countryside. Famous poet Rilke found appropriate words for this time of contemplation and retreat: “Lay your shadows upon the sun-dials, and o’er the isles allow your winds to vent”.
In The Nature’s Heart
Hotel Borealis, just a few kilometres from the charming town of Selfoss, offers the serene silence of an elegant countryside retreat while activities and bustling life are at hand within short distance. The welcomingly neat white houses have been tastefully furnished by blending last century’s Icelandic antiques with modern style and prove to be so cosy that you might never want to leave! Offering 20 comfortable rooms with bathrooms, cosy bungalows for families and a small villa, Hotel Borealis is able to meet the needs of individuals and groups and makes a perfect place for a romantic wedding.
Hotel Borealis serves well as a calm retreat for writing a book or contemplating the magic of the Icelandic range of light. When the autumn sun pours out her golden beams on heather and red leaves, nearby Þingvellir National Park turns into an enchanted island. Cuddle yourself in a traditional wool sweater and get ready for a walk through Iceland’s famous former parliament site, discover Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir on a day trip, try golfing on the nearby course, or fishing in lake Úlfljótsvatn. And with daylight slowly fading away, return to Hotel Borealis for a marvellous dinner that is served on antique tables in the spirit of good old Icelandic hospitality. The chef prides himself on using only local products such as highland lamb, arctic char from lake Þingvallavatn and vegetables grown in the area’s greenhouses for his vaunted venue.
Enjoying Northern Lights
When darkness returns in autumn, northern lights start illuminating the night skies, and as Hotel Borealis is situated far away from light pollution, darkness will make them shine even brighter. And there is nothing like soaking in the hotel’s hot tub after an exciting day, with northern lights dancing above you! -DT
Brúarholt II Grímsnes • 801 Selfoss