Golden Circle, Iceland
At a Glance
The remote location with no light pollution offers guests a high chance of spotting the Northern Lights during winter months
Each of the stand-alone Torfhus has two bedrooms, ideal for families or friends travelling together
The unique design is inspired by the traditional turf houses of Iceland
Guests staying in a Torfhus benefit from their own private geothermally heated hot tub
Located close to the Golden Circle for easy access to Geysir, Gullfoss and Thingvellir National Park
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In Iceland, May, June and July are the driest months of the year. Mid-June to August is high season, when the sun lights up the sky almost 24 hours a day. From September through to March, there may be snow and the daylight hours are fewer, with a higher chance of seeing the Northern Lights.
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Built in the style of the traditional Icelandic turf houses, the Torfhus Retreat encapsulates Iceland's heritage and offers guests a unique and authentic experience, just a short drive from the iconic landmarks of the Golden Circle.
In the remote countryside of southern Iceland, the Torfhus Retreat blends seamlessly into the landscape with its turf roofs and locally-sourced stone. Built using natural materials, this sustainable property is powered solely by geothermal and hydroelectric energy, with a focus on leaving as minimal an impact as possible.
There are 10 stand-alone Torfhus, each with two bedrooms, a spacious living room and a fully-equipped kitchenette. Sleeping up to four guests, these are ideal options for families or groups of friends travelling together. Outside, each of the Torfhus has its own private plunge pool, constructed with columnar basalt and geothermally heated. In addition to the turf houses, Torfhus Retreat has 15 Torfbaer, individual suites housed in sets of three, which share a larger geothermally heated plunge pool.
The Torfhus and Torfbaer are centred around the Langhus, inspired by the Viking long houses of the past. Here, guests will find the reception and dining room, complete with endless views across the surrounding countryside. Dinner is a unique experience, full of theatre and with no menu - the chef will prepare bespoke meals using seasonal produce according to your preferences.
Thanks to its remote location, Torfhus Retreat is perfectly placed for spotting the Northern Lights during the winter, if the weather conditions are on your side. The property is also well located for visiting some of Iceland's key sights, including Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir National Park in the Golden Circle.
Torfhus Retreat has 10 two-bedroom Torfhus, as well as 15 Torfbaer, individual suites which each share a geothermally heated plunge pool with their two neighbours. The Torfbaer have an open-plan bedroom with living area, sleeping two guests, while the Torfhus have two bedrooms plus a separate living room with a fully-equipped kitchenette. Each Torfhus boasts a private heated plunge pool.
Children are welcome at Torfhus Retreat, however there are no specific childcare facilities.
The turf houses are centred around the Langhus, a Viking-inspired longhouse which is home to the lobby and dining room. Breakfast is served here in the morning, as well as a hearty soup of the day in the afternoons. Dinner is a unique experience, with the chef creating bespoke dishes focussed on guest preferences. Seasonal and locally-sourced produce is used throughout, with many of the ingredients coming from the nearby greenhouse farms, which use the ample geothermal energy to grow vegetables and produce.
Torfhus Retreat is extremely well located close to the Golden Circle, offering easy access to nearby Geysir, Gullfoss and Thingvellir National Park. Thorsmork, Landmannalaugar and the incredible south coast are also within easy reach. If guests are looking to spend more time around Torfhus Retreat, it's also possible to try horse riding on the owner's Icelandic horses.
ATV tour in the Reykjanes peninsula
Explore the Reykjanes peninsula on an exhilarating ATV experience, driving across stunning black sand beaches and through dramatic scenery. Start on the easy terrain of the beaches as you get to grips with your ATV before exploring rugged landscapes.
Bathing in the Blue Lagoon
One of the world's most unique spas, Iceland's Blue Lagoon is an outdoor, geo-thermally heated spa providing an amazing experience that cannot be missed when visiting Iceland.
Blue Dragon ice cave by helicopter
Take to the skies and fly over Vatnajokull National Park in a helicopter towards the Skeidararjokull glacier, where, as part of a small group tour, you'll have the chance to explore the stunning Blue Dragon ice cave, one of the region's most remote.
Buggy and ice cave adventure
Discover the dramatic scenery of southern Iceland on an exhilarating tour with your private guide. Begin with a hike across a glacier, followed by a visit into an ice cave, before driving a buggy across one of the south coast's black sand beaches.
Essential Iceland helicopter tour
Explore Iceland from the air, discovering Iceland's highlights from a brand new perspective in your private helicopter. Fly above the iconic Golden Circle, spotting waterfalls and geysers, and admire the multi-coloured mountains of Landmannalaugar.
Giljabod canyon baths
Explore the beauty of western Iceland with a gentle hike through Husafell canyon, passing by incredible scenery before reaching the Giljabod pools, hidden in the canyon, to enjoy a relaxing soak in the geothermally-heated water.
If adventure is high on your holiday checklist, hiking on one of Iceland's monumental glaciers is a must. An immense wonderland of ice sculptures, ridges and deep crevasses await discovery!
Langjokull is Iceland's second biggest glacier with several enormous ice filled volcanic craters, encircled by imposing volcanoes. Exploring by snowmobile is an adrenaline-fuelled way to experience the breathtaking landscape of this region of Iceland.
Horse riding in Iceland
Known for their distinctive trot, Icelandic horses offer a unique horse riding experience. A completely pure breed, introduced to the island during the Viking settlement, these horses are perfect for both beginners and advanced riders alike.
Inside the Volcano
This is an extraordinary opportunity to explore the heart of a volcano. Thrihnukagigur is a unique natural phenomenon and the only place on earth where you can enter a magma chamber.
Jökulsárlón by hovercraft
Discover the beauty of Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon from a unique perspective, on board a hovercraft floating across the icy water. As you travel on this small group tour, admire the incredible icebergs and look out for seals lounging on the water's edge.
Jökulsárlón private tour
Visit the breathtaking Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and witness bright blue icebergs floating across the lagoon's glassy surface, with the Vatnajökull glacier towering in the background. A magnificent sight, this makes for a truly unforgettable experience.
Kayaking on Heinaberg glacier lagoon
Try kayaking like never before as you glide across the surface of Heinaberg glacier lagoon in east Iceland. Kayak through the mirror-like waters, and depending on the time of year, you may be paddling between incredible ice formations.
Lava tunnel caving
Witness the inner workings of a volcanic eruption; walking in the path of 5,000 year-old lava, for a truly unique experience.
Northern Lights Hunt
Venture out in search of the elusive Northern Lights, with your private guide leading the way and using expert knowledge to give you the best chance of finding them. Head away from the artificial lights of Reykjavik and discover this wonderful phenomenon.
Private Superjeep Tour to Thorsmork
Explore volcanoes, waterfalls, glaciers and more on this amazing volcano safari super jeep tour to the dramatic landscapes of Thorsmork. Your expert private guide will take you to places very few people get to experience up close and personal.
Snorkelling between Tectonic Plates
Snorkel the crystal-clear waters of Iceland's Silfra fissure and discover the secret underwater canyon located between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates.
Snowmobiling on Eyjafjallajökull
Perhaps Iceland's most famous volcano, Eyjafjallajökull makes for a thrilling snowmobile experience. Join your private guide as you ride across the surface of the glacier and take in the incredible views of Iceland's south coast.
South Shore safari
On this amazing guided jeep safari you will see the South Shore’s most treasured natural sights, including impressive waterfalls, epic landscapes, as well as its black lava sand beaches and dunes.
Superjeep tour to Landmannalaugar
Experience the spectacular landscapes of Iceland's highlands with a private guide at the wheel of a superjeep - don’t forget to bring along your bathing suit and towel for a dip in one of the area's geothermal pools.
The Golden Circle
Iceland's ruggedly beautiful and tectonically active landscape offers some amazing natural attractions, known as the "Golden Circle". These include the Gullfoss waterfall, Strokkur Geysir and Thingvellir National Park.
Visit the Westman Islands
Head away from mainland Iceland to discover the fascinating Westman Islands, located just off the country's south coast. Take the ferry to Heimaey, the only inhabited island in the archipelago, and explore its dramatic landscape with your private guide.
Westman Islands and lunch on Elliðaey
Fly from the mainland to the Westman Islands to explore this beautiful archipelago. Visit the only inhabited island, Heimaey, before sailing to one of the smaller islands, Elliðaey, for a truly unique lunch.
Family Fun in Iceland
Reykjavik & Southern Iceland
from £3300 pp inc flights & transfers for 4 nights
- An action-packed itinerary taking in the best that Iceland has to offer
- Try snowmobiling, quad biking and even glacier hiking on this intrepid adventure
- A year-round itinerary, the summer months offer endless days and winter provides a chance to spot the Northern Lights
Location & directions
Golden Circle, Iceland
Torfhus Retreat is located in southern Iceland, in the Golden Circle area, close to the Geysir hot springs.
How to get there
It is a three-hour direct flight from London to Reykjavík, followed by a two-hour drive to Torfhus Retreat.
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