Husafell is a historic farm and church estate in southwest Iceland that is now a beautiful nature and recreation area. Both visitors and locals enjoy spending time here, especially hiking the variety of trails.

Dense birch woods and lava formations characterize Husafell’s landscape. You will also find crystal-clear mountain springs, stunning ravines, glaciers, rushing glacial rivers and extraordinary bird life. Due to the landscape and its warm summer climate, Husafell has always been a beloved getaway for Icelanders, especially families. The resort is also a splendid stop in the winter time, when the northern lights dance in vibrant colors across the darkened night sky. There are many activites you can enjoy year-round, and we recommend staying in the area more than one night.

The recreation area is completely self-sustainable. There is plenty of geothermal water in the area that heats many of the buildings and pools. Cold, fresh water comes from the many glacial streams that run through Husafell.

What to do in Husafell?

Husafell is a popular hiking destination. A network of trails that suit different skill levels crosses through Husafell. You can enjoy challenging treks up mountains, glaciers and ravines. Alternatively, you can enjoy simple and scenic loop trails through the woods. There is even a history-themed hiking trail winding by remains of farms and homes.

If you enjoy hiking and hot springs, we recommend the Husafell Canyon Baths.  A local guide brings visitors to the edge of the highland wilderness, visiting local places most tourists never see.  The trail leads into a canyon where visitors can relax in several stone-lined hot spring-fed pools.  It is a special experience to soak in soothing hot springs in a dramatic, secluded setting.

Near Husafell you can explore Barnafoss and Hraunfossar waterfalls, as well as the underground caves of Vidgelmir og Surtshellir. If you like glacial exploration, Eiriksjokull and Langjokull glaciers are not far away.

An Artist Colony: Then and Now

In the 19th century a colony of artists lived at Husafell. One of these artists was the famous Icelandic painter Johannes S. Kjarval. Today, the stone sculptor Pall Guðmundsson, has his studio in Husafell. He was born and raised in the area. “Páll of Husafell,” locals call him, paints and sculpts faces into stones found in the Husafell area. You can see his works when you hike on the trails. The Hotel Husafell also features Pall’s art as part of the decor.

The Husafell Stone

Husafell is also home to the famous Husafell Stone. Locals used this legendary stone 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. If you want to achieve fullsterkur (full-strong) status, you must lift the stone up and carry it the 50 metres (164 feet) around the perimeter of the goat pen. Moreover,  the 1992 “World’s Strongest Man” competition took place in Iceland and featured a stone lifting event using the actual Husafell Stone.

Husafell offers locals and visitors amenities such as a swimming pool, golf course, restaurants, convenience store, and various types of accommodation and more.  Husafell is about one hour and 40 minutes’ drive from Reykjavik.

GPS: 64.6959131,  -20.8741819