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Sleep Under Northern Lights
Sleep Under Northern Lights
In the depth of the countryside, Gamli bær Guesthouse in Húsafell
Only two hours’ drive from Reykjavik, Húsafell is one of the best places in Iceland to see the Northern Lights. Surrounded by glaciers, lava fields, a beautiful river and waterfalls, it’s a prime setting for photographers. “After dark in winter, it is the best place to sit and watch the Northern Lights,” says host, Steinunn Jóhannsdóttir.
Gamli bær Guesthouse was originally a farmhouse built in 1908 by a woman. “At the time it was very unusual for a woman to build a house,” says Steinunn. “Many wondered why she needed such a large house but it turned out to be a good investment.
 The guesthouse is heated by a local source of geothermal hot water, providing it with hot water for the hot tub as well.
Húsafell is surrounded by glaciers, with the beautiful Eiríksjökull being the most visible. Close by is an 1,100 year-old lava field and the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls are just a stone’s throw away.
The farm church standing next to Gamli bær is used for christening, weddings and funerals. Next door, lives local artist Páll Guðmundsson, who made a stone-bar xylophone for the church as well as dozens of other sculptures.
In winter families and small groups can rent the 10-bed guesthouse in its entirety for a modest price and enjoy the free show in the sky on almost any clear night.

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