Welcome to Hótel Rauðaskriða

Hótel Rauðaskriða is a family run hotel, located at road 85 between Húsavik and Akureyri. We are located in a rural area and are good base for natural attractions in North East Iceland like Goðafoss waterfall, Lake Mývatn, Dettifoss waterfall, Dimmuborgir lavafield, Whale Watching in Húsavík, Ásbyrgi Canyon and Akureyri.

Hótel Rauðaskriða was founded in 1990 by Haralds parents, Kolbrún and Jóhannes. For the first year it was only two rooms in their home. In 1991 the 2nd floor on the main building was added and gradually more and more rooms have been added and the restaurant expanded.

selfieIn 2012 there was a generation change in this family business, when we Harald, Begga and our kids, Ragnar, Katrín and Hulda, took over the hotel. We have two cats, Gríma and Krummi and one bunny, Lúlli Van Beethoven. We also have one horse.

We have always been very environmental minded and that´s probably one of the natural thing when one is raised in the countryside in close encounter with nature and knows how delicate it is and how important for us all. For this purpose Haralds parents started to focus on getting recognition for the hotel as environmental friendly. In 2011 we got our first certification from the Nordic Swan Association (Nordic Eco-label) and Hótel Rauðaskriða was the only hotel in Iceland which had this recognition. Today there are much more, and it´s a good thing more and more are taking responsible steps in this direction.

Hótel Rauðaskriða was the first hotel in Iceland, in 2014, to be certified in the official quality system of the Icelandic Tourist Board (system called Vakinn) and we also held the highest grade for environmental certification there due to our Nordic Ecolable certification. However due to lack of knowledgement, cost and lack of marketing of Vakinn we decided in 2019 to abandon this system. We still work with according to the same quality standards as before and use grades and comments on booking.com and tripadvisor to improve our work since these are the main trends people normally look at when booking accommodation.

Being located in the countryside and a farm we are part of Hey Iceland which offers accommodation in farms around Iceland. We have received two awards from this association. In 2012 Hey Iceland started to award “Farm of the month”. This is awarded to farms who supply excellent service both to guests and Hey Iceland. Hótel Rauðaskriða was the first farm to receive such an award. In 2013 we also received the “Encouragement Award” from Hey Iceland for our wildlife tours. We offer divers guided tours in our area for wildlife (f.i. whale watching and bird watching) this can be found on the internet www.wildlifeiceland.is. Today we can accommodate 80-90 guests and have à la carte restaurant. We plan to keep on being a family business giving personal service and caring for our environment.

Welcome to our hotel!