Icelandair Hotel Herad

Located in the growing town of Egilsstadir in eastern Iceland, Icelandair Hotel Herad delivers an authentic Icelandic experience while maintaining the highest standards of comfort and service to its guests.

The view from the hotel includes the picturesque architecture and beautiful landscapes of the thriving “capital” of East Iceland, and the regional airport is conveniently located nearby. The area is packed with outdoor activities for visitors, such as skiing in the Eastern Alps, soaking in the geothermal hot springs at Laugarfell, splashing at the town swimming pool or hiking the local trails.

After a day of exploring the region, hotel manager Audur Ingolfsdottir will be happy to welcome guests to Herad (and offer suggestions for the next day’s activities). With more than 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry—11 of them as Herad’s manager—Audur is among the hotel’s best assets. An avid skier herself, she recommends Stafdalur and Oddskard as the best slopes in the area; she also confides that Bjolfur, a high peak near the neighboring village of Seydisfjordur, is a little-known gem with unmatched views of the countryside.

A self-proclaimed foodie, Audur has also been instrumental in developing the menu at the hotel restaurant, which emphasizes Icelandic wild game (particularly reindeer and goose) as well as local produce, dairy and fish. The kitchen uses mushrooms harvested from the nearby woods, while freshly-grown wild berries are incorporated into syrups, salad dressings and desserts.

The restaurant draws many local residents as well as hotel guests with its fresh, innovative cuisine. Adventurous eaters will want to sample the reindeer trio (reindeer liver pate, reindeer terrine, smoked reindeer heart, crispy bread, berry jam, salad and Havarti cheese from Egilsstaðir), while fans of more traditional fare may prefer the reindeer burger with fries or reindeer steak with fondant potato.

Before or after their meal, guests may wish to enjoy a cocktail or Icelandic beer at the newly-built terrace bar, with its lovely views and opportunities for mingling.

For meetings, conventions and other events, Egilsstadir is becoming a popular alternative to the more congested capital, and Herad’s recent renovations make it an ideal location within the region. It offers smaller meeting rooms as well as a large facility, with the latest in high-tech equipment available for presentations. The hotel’s impeccable service and attractive décor also make it an excellent location for receptions, banquets and other social events.

The hotel’s 60 guest rooms are a treat for the eyes as well as the body thanks to their stylish décor and modern design. Whether you choose a queen, twin or single room, you’ll melt into a comfortable bed with a cozy comforter. Other standard amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi, satellite TV, phone, shower and hairdryer, and 24-hour room service means you’ll have endless opportunities to enjoy the delicious local dishes for which the hotel is known.