Slightly sceptical of staying in the Golden Circle, even out of high tourist season, I happened upon Hotel Gullfoss as it evenly spread my drive both leading up to and following it, and since it was perfectly located between Hauksdalur Geothermal Area and Gullfoss too, I knew there would be the opportunity for late night and early morning photo excursions!

Easy to spot on the approach to Gullfoss, from the outside it’s quite unimpressive. There are two long single storey wings – one clearly newer than the other – but never judge a book by its cover, as they say, for this place truly is a tardis with gorgeous super modern Scandinavian interiors!

Nicely furnished in the Scandi style, the white, grey and wooden finishes made the room light and airy. We had a beautiful view and a single window that opened nice and wide, and were treated to a blanket of white when we woke up early the next morning – it had been snowing all night. The beds were comfy, but again had only the single pillow and cushion with no spare. All towels and linen were included, and the room contained a small fridge in addition to an armchair, plenty of lamps, clothes and luggage storage, hairdryer, kettle, and a big TV with more choice than you could ever need (including English channels!) The bathroom was spacious, impeccably clean and the shower refreshing after a long day of exploring.
Aside from completely falling in love with the interior design and decoration of their restaurant and lounging area, I found breakfast to be very impressive and laid out with great attention to detail. Lots of choice both hot and cold, it seems Iceland have a thing for breakfast waffles!
I’d imagine this place is hugely popular in tourist season, no doubt with coach parties driving the Golden Circle. For a comfy night amidst some of Iceland’s more popular destinations, definitely check this place out. I ventured to Gullfoss early after breakfast to not only find the waterfall looking spectacular under a carpet of white snow, but to find I was the only person there! When else would that ever happen…