Located by one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in Iceland, UMI Hotel offers a strong connection to nature. Guests at the hotel get to experience the peace and quiet of the Icelandic countryside here.
An Icelandic Hideaway
The hotel features 28 elegantly designed rooms – each with majestic views of the subglacial volcano – Eyjafjallajökul or the Southern coast line. Internet and parking are available as complimentary additions to your stay package. The hotel offers both, double and twin rooms with private bathrooms with walk-in shower or a bathtub. The hotel’s complimentary toiletries are domestically sourced and include organic soaps and creams from Soley Cosmetics. Other basic amenities included in the package are a coffee and tea set, minibar, safety box, wardrobe, and writing desk. On the other hand, superior rooms include slippers, Nespresso coffee machine, Marshall bluetooth speaker and a wider selection of complimentary toiletries from Soley Cosmetics.
The hotel offers a first-class restaurant with a unique view of the Westman Islands and the Southern coastline. There’s also a lounge bar with a view of the famous subglacial volcano Eyjafjallajökull and the beautiful mountain terrain surrounding it. The magnificent river Svaðbælisá peacefully flows by, next to the hotel.
The hotel emphasizes on the use of fresh ingredients of the highest quality from the surrounding areas. The hotel’s breakfast buffet consists of well-prepared, fresh and delicious produce sourced from the surrounding areas. The buffet is open every day from 07:00 – 10:00 during the summer but from 08:00 – 10:00 in the winter. Meanwhile, the hotel bar is located by the reception with a magnificent view of Eyjafjallajökull. You can also snuggle up by the fireplace during cold winter nights. This is the perfect place to sit down, relax and enjoy a good drink while sharing stories of your Iceland trip.
There’s quite an interesting story behind the hotel’s origins. The family-run hotel was built by the hotel owner and manager, Siggi, two years ago. He and his wife were slowly renovating an abandoned farm next to the hotel. Soon, the family realized that they wanted others to enjoy the same peace and quiet of this area. Therefore, in 2015, they started working on designing and building UMI Hotel. Thereafter, Siggi’s daughter, Sandra – who is an interior and lighting designer – took it on herself to design the hotel. The aim of her design was to create a welcoming and calming environment for the guests where they could relax after a busy day of exploring. The inspiration for materials and the color pallet of the hotel is drawn from the surrounding nature, the beautiful colors of the Icelandic autumn, and shapes and textures from the Icelandic nature.
There are a bunch of activities that you can indulge in, around the hotel. You can just walk outside the hotel to see the stunning Northern Lights. Such similar arrangements can be made by the hotel staff, on request. Events such as a Christmas dinner/party, etc. are also organized. If you wish to host an event of your own for your guests, arrangements for the same can be made as well.
The hotel is only about 150-kilometers away from Reykjavik, the country’s capital, which is home to the National and Saga Museums, tracing Iceland’s Viking history. Other points of attractions include the striking concrete Hallgrimskirkja Church and Perlan Glass Dome, which offer sweeping views of the sea and nearby hills. The hotel is also about 2-kilometers away from the Ring Road. There’s nothing like a good road trip and Ring Road offers just that kind of experience.
The starlit skies and Northern Lights certainly won’t let anyone down, especially during the winter months. Other regional attractions include Eyjafjallajökul, Skógarfoss, Skógar Cultural Heritage Museum, Seljalandsfoss, Dyrhólaey, Sólheimajökul, Vík í Mýrdal, Lava Volcano and Earthquake exhibition and many more.
|Address: Leirnavegur road nr. 243, Hvolsvollur 861 Iceland
Phone: +354 518 4001