, 2022-12-23 02:00:00,
For resourceful Icelanders, greenhouses have long held a special symbolism, representing growth, health, and the ability to harness the earth’s boundless energy. Now, there’s a new boutique hotel just 28 miles (or 30 minutes) south of Reykjavik that brings together the concepts of a nature retreat, people-watching pitstop, and remote workspace—all under one sustainable, affordable, geothermally-powered glassy haven.
Dubbed Gróðurhúsið, or The Greenhouse, it has already passed the first test, becoming a hit with locals when it soft-launched last year before travel restrictions were lifted. Today, this sundrenched space and its neighboring river lodge are bustling hubs of productivity and play for both Reykjavikians in need of urban respite and international visitors wanting to roll around the hinterland in their rented Defenders. Turns out the desire to get outta Dodge (but still enjoy gourmet food and craft cocktails in a bucolic setting) has universal appeal. Consider it the very best of Iceland, all under one roof.
“In the wintertime, it’s magical because you see the strokes of geothermal activity everywhere,” says co-founder and CEO Brynjolfur J. Baldursson of the Hveragerði area, which is conveniently situated en route to Southern Iceland’s most popular natural wonders along the Golden Circle. “It’s the perfect spot to take a moment after hiking or biking. On a nice day, you can see it all the way to the sea and…
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