Lilja Guesthouse

The modern, family-owned and run Lilja Guesthouse near Hofn, southeast Iceland, offers 26 rooms with clean, minimalist decor. Guests enjoy striking views, featuring Europe’s largest glacier: Vatnajokull. Opened in 2017, Lilja Guesthouse is centrally located for easy access to the many spectacular sights along the south coast, including Vatnajokull National Park and the glacier lagoons. Decor embraces a minimalist Nordic aesthetic, with clean, contemporary lines, spare and simple furnishings, and a neutral palette including plenty of wood.


The well-located Lilja Guesthouse offers easy access to southern Iceland’s gems, including: Fláajökull, Heinabergsjökull and Skálafellsjökull glaciers (seen from the property); Diamond Beach with its ice diamonds; Glacier Lagoon; Lónsöræfi, a colorful mountainous hiking area; and Skaftafell National Park with scenic landscapes and a wide selection of hiking trails.


The onsite restaurant at Lilja Guesthouse provides a bright, minimal feel, accented by a colorful menu. A bountiful complimentary buffet breakfast is served each morning. And each evening, the restaurant’s dinner menu offers Icelandic fare with a modern twist, including such specialties as traditional fish stew, fresh-caught local cod, smoked lamb and skyr cheesecake, as well as vegan and vegetarian options.


Two separate single-story buildings—one classic and one contemporary—house 26 guestrooms at Lilja Guesthouse. Each room offers plenty of natural light and views of wild mountain scenery and farmland. Rooms come equipped with single beds covered in European duvets (pushed side by side, the beds form one king-size bed), bedside tables with reading lamps, a writing desk, tea kettle, clothing rack, luggage stand and blackout curtains. Each guest room has an en suite bathroom with private toilet, shower and hair dryer. Free WiFi is available throughout the property.