Icelandair Hotel Hamar is a golfer’s paradise, with each guest room opening onto the eighth hole of the property’s lush 18-hole course. But even if hitting the greens isn’t your thing, the hotel and surrounding countryside offer dozens of other unforgettable sights and attractions for visitors to western Iceland.
The hotel is conveniently located on the Ring Road, the national highway that circles Iceland and connects travelers to many of the country’s most popular destinations. The surrounding area is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, with easy access to hiking, whale watching, snowmobiling, sailing, fishing and more. The stunning Snæfellsnes peninsula is just a short drive away, offering once-in-a-lifetime views of western Iceland’s black sand beaches, lava caves, mountains and the massive Snæfellsjökull glacier.
Back at the hotel, guests can take advantage of the onsite golf course Hamarsvöllur, widely considered the country’s best course outside the capital city and its only golf resort. The course was built on an old farm, Hviti Baerinn (“White Farm”), and its main residence now serves as a clubhouse. The course is well-known for its picturesque yet challenging water hazards; the 16th hole is completely surrounded by water.
After a day spent on the links or seeing the sights, guests will be welcomed by the hotel’s warm atmosphere and attentive staff. The hotel garden’s hot tubs are the ideal place to unwind while observing the midnight sun in summer or the aurora borealis in winter.
The onsite restaurant offers diners incredible views of Borgarfjordur (Borgarnes fjord) as they enjoy an authentic Icelandic meal. A daily breakfast buffet is available from 7 to 10 a.m., while tempting dishes like seafood pasta, fish and chips, rack of lamb and blueberry skyr mousse are served from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Considering its proximity to the golf course, the hotel is a popular location for business meetings and conventions. The facilities include space for approximately 80 attendees, with technical equipment and support at the ready to ensure that every aspect of the event goes smoothly.
Guests can choose from a range of room sizes and layouts to fit any travel party, including twin and king standard rooms, king superior and deluxe rooms, family rooms and junior suites. The hotel also offers four accessible rooms to accommodate guests with disabilities. All rooms include free Wi-Fi, TV, phone, desk, coffee and tea set, shower and hairdryer, while the junior suites also provide an espresso machine, bathtub, sofa bed, bathrobes and slippers. Best of all, every room is equipped with a geothermal heating system underneath the floor tiles, so you’ll never experience the shock of stepping out of bed onto an ice-cold floor.
While Hotel Hamar is a dream destination for golfers visiting the Land of Fire and Ice, make no mistake: this picturesque property is sure to please even travelers who would never dream of picking up a set of clubs.