"To retreat" means withdrawing to a quiet or secluded place away from everyday routine. A place that is sheltered and private. This is what Torfhús Retreat is offering you. The architectural style of the Retreat is inspired by an Icelandic Viking farm at Stöng.
All buildings are of the classic Icelandic torfhouse style, made of stones, turf and wood. Iceland has a rich tradition of bathing in geothermal pools, powered by sustainable energy. The multiple uses for the warm geothermal water are believed to be one of the deciding factors for settling down in this rigid environment. This source of energy was persistently used for bathing throughout centuries by Icelandic people. In Icelandic sagas bathing in natural stone hot pools consistently appears. The basalt stone hot pools are Torfhús Retreat´s attempt to bring this rejuvenating tradition of bathing to our guests.
In the Viking Langhus you find the reception, a cosy restaurant where you can enjoy a delicious breakfast, a rich soup of the day and an optional typical Icelandic dinner. There is also a little deli corner where guests can choose from a selection of snacks, sandwiches, cold drinks and alcoholic beverages.
The first turfhouses in Iceland were built out of necessity rather than choice due to the shortage of proper building wood in Iceland. Only 1,9% of the country is woodland. Therefore the inhabitants needed to use those materials that are abundant in our rigid landscape which are stones and turf, making the turfhouse village merge naturally with the landscape. With 60 sqm the Torfhús offers two sleeping rooms and a spacious living area. Adjacent to the houses the steam rises from the geothermal powered basalt stone pools. Reused oak and rustic painted walls dominate the interior, every item, fixture and furniture carefully selected to enrich this truly unique experience. The house takes you back a century, while a historic ethos is cleverly combined with modern-day comforts.
There are numerous day trips to take from the Retreat, ranging from venturing into the highlands to glacier climbing, helicopter sightseeing, multiple waterfalls and countless other excursions. We love to assist you in selecting the right adventure that suits your mood and to handle all the necessary arrangements. All guided excursions are subject to availability due to the time of year or weather and we therefore suggest to reserve in advance.
The "Golden Circle" as aforementioned consists of three natural landmarks. Firstly Þingvellir National Park, secondly Geysir, the geothermal area and finally Gullfoss, the magnificent waterfall. Þingvellir National Park is the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Iceland, where the rift between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates emerges. In Þingvellir the first parliament was established 930 AD named Alþingi. The main attraction of the Geysir area is Strokkur which erupts frequently hurling boiling water far up into the air. Gullfoss waterfall runs through the river Hvítá. The water plummets down 32 meters creating a beautiful spectacle.
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