Torfhus Retreat

Torfhus Retreat

Golden Circle, Iceland

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  • 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 traveling 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 traveling 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 centerd 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 theater 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.

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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 neighbors. 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 centerd 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.


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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Golden Circle, Iceland

Torfhus Retreat is located in southern Iceland, in the Golden Circle area, close to the Geysir hot springs.

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