Torfhús (or “Turfhouse”) Retreat is one of Iceland’s newest hotels, and definitely something special.
It is the project of two families who bonded over a shared interest in the breeding of Icelandic horses, the Icelandic landscape and Icelandic culture — even though one family hails from Lichtenstein!
Designed with a focus on traditional design and exceptional hospitality, at Torfhús you will find true serenity and genuine warmth.
The turfhouses themselves sleep up to four people with sitting rooms, kitchenettes and beautifully-designed bedrooms and bathrooms. An abundance of wood makes the rooms feel incredibly cosy, and the design throughout follows historic principles while seamlessly including modern comforts.
You may struggle to drag yourself out of your comfortable bed and tranquil turfhouse, even with all the delights of Iceland waiting to be explored. Sit up at night and peek out through the windows, as you may be lucky enough to spot the northern lights overhead.
Each turfhouse comes with a private balcony and a geothermally-heated basalt stone pool. In fact, the whole of Torfhús runs off sustainable geothermal and hydroelectric energy, and the hotel is working hard to continually become more eco-friendly, for example minimising plastic use. They are also striving for a zero waste policy with their food and drink at their wonderful restaurant in the Viking Langhus (longhouse). The restaurant is definitely worth trying, with delicious dinners and included light lunches following Icelandic traditional recipes.