Eat and stay at
the town's most
historical house

Cafe & Bistro

Homemade Icelandic goodness

The house was built for the local authorities in 1930. A skyr factory was built on the ground floor and apartments for the staff were on the second floor. Since 1947 a hotel and a restaurant business has been operated in the building. The house, or “Þinghúsið” as the locals like to call it, has been a cultural meeting point for decades.

Skyrgerðin started its business the 11th of June 2016 and has given the house its old purpose as a roof over hotel and a restaurant business. They also honour the buildings original purpose as a skyr factory, but you can find skyr in many of the delicious courses on the menu.

For the group menu, please get in touch via the form below, or send an email to info (a.t) skyrgerdin.is for group menu availability and pricing.

Steakhouse

Organic, locally sourced

The Skyrgerðin restaurant is open daily and specializes in good quality lamb, where lamb chops are cooked on a specially made coal-grill oven. They will be the hallmark with other great delicacies from the surrounding farmland. Furthermore, during the day a great selection of homemade pastry, waffles and bread can be purchased and the traditional skyr will be the main ingredient in many of the restaurant’s dishes.

Theatre

Large dining hall and theatre

The house was built for the local authorities in 1930. A skyr factory was built on the ground floor and apartments for the staff were on the second floor. Since 1947 a hotel and a restaurant business has been operated in the building. The house, or “Þinghúsið” as the locals like to call it, has been a cultural meeting point for decades.

Skyrgerðin started its business the 11th of June 2016 and has given the house its old purpose as a roof over hotel and a restaurant business. They also honour the buildings original purpose as a skyr factory, but you can find skyr in many of the delicious courses on the menu.

Skyr Factory

Reviving an old tradition

The heritage and history of one of the oldest skyr-making facilities of the country will be the main nucleus of the building. The original way of making of the old-fashioned plastic bags of skyr has already begun. The milk used for the skyr-making comes directly from the farm Hvammur, which is the last operating dairy farm in the Ölfus region.

With a peak into history and heritage of skyr-making, guests can now watch and learn how old style skyr was made as well as taste the difference between old-fashioned skyr and how skyr is made today.

History

Once a hub of the community

Looking back to the history and heritage of the building that houses Skyrgerðin, the Ölfushreppur (Ölfus County) built the Þinghúsið building in 1930 and the Dairy Association of Ölfushreppur, Ölfus County, established the Skyrgerðin (Skyr Plant) on the ground level of the building at the same time.

The building was designed by Guðjón Samúelsson, the head architect of Iceland. He was the main designer of many of Iceland’s most beautiful buildings from this era. The Skyrgerðin produced skyr, which was one of the main products of the Dairy Association. Also, they were the first manufacturer of yogurt in Iceland, selling it in glass bottles and called it healthy milk.

Ever since the building was built for the parliamentary business and dairy production it has been the heart of Hveragerði. From mid last century, the building has been a hotel and a restaurant and the Þinghúsið has been the cultural centre of Hveragerði. For an extended amount of a time, it was the only community centre of the town. For example, it was used for exhibitions, cinema, weddings, dancing and concerts by well-known musicians..

Guesthouse

Beautifully converted rooms

On the first floor of the Skyrgerðin is the lovely guesthouse with 13 carefully restored rooms. The rooms are done up in a warm and friendly manner and guests are treated to a wholesome and indigenous breakfast which is included in their stay.

The house was built for the local authorities in 1930. A skyr factory was built on the ground floor and apartments for the staff were on the first floor. Since 1947 a hotel and a restaurant business has been operated in the building. The house, or “Þinghúsið” as the locals like to call it, has been a cultural meeting point for decades.

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Activities Nav

Get in touch with nature

Fishing

The river Varmá near the hotel is actually a salmon fishing river! From April, fishing permits are sold at the reception.

Varmá is also one of the best sea trout rivers in Iceland. Quite a relaxed affair for those a little bit impatient, it is indeed quite easy to catch a fish there!

Horse Riding

Explore Iceland’s picturesque landscape on horseback.

Snorkeling

Snorkeling in the perfectly clear waters of Silfra is one of the more exclusive and breathtaking experiences

Hiking

There are many beautiful hiking trails and paths near Skyrgerðin Guesthouse

River rafting

River rafting on Hvítá is a real adventure and horses can be rented for short or long riding trips.

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Cosy, lovely rooms

Please email us at info (a.t.) skyrgerdin.is to enquire and for bookings.