Greinasafni: Hótel og gisting
Under the Glacier
A Breathtaking, Quiet Summer at Hotel Laki                   
There is a saying in Iceland that is thoroughly fitting for Hotel Laki: ‘Who needs pictures on the walls when you have such breathtaking views?’ Designed in 2003 by the Icelandic architectural firm Yrki, the hotel was created to make the most of the abundant summer light. Huge vertical and panoramic windows flood the spacious dining and recreation areas with natural light and on the far horizon, the garguantuan Vatnajökull Glacier presides over the landscape.

Volcanic Benefits
In May 2011, the Grimsvötn Volcano, situated in the Vatnajökull Glacier, woke up briefly to spew a few thousand tons of ash around the area. As abruptly as it began, the volcano petered out a few days later and nary a peep has been heard from it since.
Hotel Laki had to deal with a few centimeters of ash but that was quickly swept away and now its back to business as usual. On the plus side, volcanic ash has been found to be beneficial to plants in Iceland and therefore is good for the farmers in the area.

Life Under the Glacier
The clean, modern Scandinavian style hotel comprises 64 double rooms with private bath and 15 self-contained guest cottages, a challenging golf course. It also offers ATV trips in and around Vatnajökull Glacier. There is a gift shop which carries woollen goods, landscape paintings by local artists as well as jewellery and other hand-made items.
The extensive lunch and dinner buffet menu includes many dishes. A partial list includes: Soup of the day with homemade bread, smoked duck, minke whale and salmon, smoked and marinated goose, homemade patés. Hot courses change from day to day but can include vegetarian as well as meat dishes. There is also a wide selection of desserts such as tiramisu, freshly baked cakes and hot berry sauces.
Plans for a spa have been on the drawing board for a while now, so this is something that guests can look forward to, possibly by summer 2013.

Hótel Laki

Efri-Vík • 880 Kirkjubæjarklaustri
+354 487 4694
efrivik@simnet.is
www.hotellaki.is

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