Icelandair Hotel Klaustur brings modern comfort to the peaceful countryside of southeast Iceland. It’s located in the village of Kirkjubaejarklaustur, which is tucked between two glaciers (Myrdalsjokull and Vatnajökull) and enjoys some of the mildest weather in Iceland.
The property offers breathtaking views of Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier, and the surrounding landscape includes the majestic Sidufjoll mountains, lush green hills and tranquil lakes. Several other natural wonders—such as Skaftafell National Park, the black sands of Breidamerkursandur and the glacial lagoon Breidamerkurlon—are just a short drive away. Active guests will also appreciate the hotel’s proximity to the Kirkjubæjarklaustur swimming pool and sports center and nearby hiking trails.
Like other Icelandair hotels, Hotel Klauster is guided by the company’s robust commitment to preserving the natural resources that make the “land of fire and ice” such a unique and beautiful travel destination. In its environmental policy, the hotel pledges to incorporate local and eco-friendly products into its operations, minimize waste, increase recycling and educate its staff and vendors about environmental issues and ways to reduce their impact.
Icelandair Hotel Klauster is managed by Sveinn Hreiðar Jensson, whose years of training and experience in the hospitality industry are evident in the hotel’s seamless operations and attention to detail. Jensson took the helm in 2011, bringing not only his skills as a former restaurant and hotel manager, but also an intimate knowledge of the local countryside. Growing up on a nearby farm, he learned the legends and history behind many of the region’s natural wonders and is happy to share some of the area’s “best kept secrets” with curious guests.
Inside the hotel, guests are treated to an impressive display of Icelandic art by Erro, who hails from the area, as did the famous Icelandic painter Kjarval, many of whose pieces were inspired by the very landscape visible from the hotel’s windows.
The hotel restaurant prides itself on offering a wide variety of local produce, meat and seafood, most of all the Klaustur Arctic char raised in the waters under the Skaftáreldahraun lava field. The restaurant offers an impressive breakfast buffet every morning as well as full lunch and dinner menus daily.
The recently-renovated hotel bar is a cozy gathering place for guests, while the new terrace is a lovely setting for taking in the stunning surroundings and nice weather while enjoying drinks and snacks.
The 57 guest rooms at the Icelandair Hotel Klaustur are simple but comfortable, available in twin and queen sizes. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, LCD TV, coffee and tea set, shower and hairdryer. The twin superior room offers a bit more space than the standard version, while the king junior suite features a modest living room and larger bed.
While it may not be as luxurious as its fancier big-city counterparts in Reykjavik, Hotel Klauster meets travelers’ basic needs in a charming, welcoming environment, leaving them free to get out and explore the mountains, lava fields, waterfalls and other natural attractions that drew them to southern Iceland in the first place.