Can you imagine how glorious it would be to stay here, in this beautiful lighthouse on Iceland’s south coast, coddled in luxury, with nothing around you but the clean, fresh air, and the swirl of the birds on the wind?
Icelandair has launched an Incredible Stopover experience for transatlantic passengers to celebrate their Stopover service (which I wrote about here): Dyrhólaey lighthouse in the Vik area of Iceland has been transformed into a boutique hotel for a limited time only, from 1st September to 1st November 2015.
Dyrhólaey is a 120m high promontory and its name means “the door hole island”. The promontory got its name from the massive stone arch that the sea has eroded from the headland.
It’s a narrow, winding, unpaved road up to the promontory. (You’ll definitely need a four wheel drive.)
The light station at Dyrhólaey was established in 1910. The first lighthouse was a skeletal steel tower prefabricated in Sweden, and the present lighthouse was built in 1927.
The lighthouse hotel will be operated by Icelandair Hotel Vik and includes a personal meet and greet on arrival with a privately prepared breakfast in the morning. Hotel Vik is a contemporary hotel, designed to mirror the nature and beaches of Iceland, and its design also reflected at the lighthouse.
It’s quite the surprise when you enter inside. This is no bare bones B&B. This is quite something else.
Slipper wearing is compulsory.
Downstairs there is a bathroom, compact kitchen, a dining area and a comfortable sitting room.
Up the small staircase are the bedrooms – the lighthouse sleeps five in total.
On the first floor is this twin, and a single.
The tiny sliver of a single.
Upstairs there is another twin.
The view from the bathroom:
But it’s the views from the top of the lighthouse which are truly spectacular.
The views from outside the lighthouse are just as incredible.
The Incredible Stopover experience by Icelandair will be available for groups up to five, with two double bedrooms and one small bedroom with a single bed from September 1st to November 1, 2015. Packages also include one night at Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina and one night at the lighthouse with breakfast, all of the incredible activities, and airport transfers in a luxury vehicle.