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This quiet, modern property is situated near the Snaefellsnes Peninsula in West Iceland, and is ideally situated for whale watching and northern lights viewing.

There are 39 simple but stylish en suite rooms with TV, WiFi and either a mountain or ocean view. A mixture of twin, double and triple rooms is available.

Fosshotel Hellnar has strong eco-credentials. Its restaurant is renowned for delicious Icelandic cuisine, cooked with international flair using local, organic ingredients – whether you’re enjoying fresh fish or lamb for dinner, or sampling the breakfast buffet. There’s a wonderful view of the ocean from the restaurant balcony, while the complete absence of artificial light pollution bodes well for northern lights viewing. It is also not uncommon for pods of orca to be sighted from the hotel.

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This accommodation is featured in the following itinerary:

Orcas & Northern Lights

Join this short group trip to experience the stunning Snaefellsnes Peninsula, heading out on boat trips for close up encounters with large groups of orca. Iceland's rugged beauty is complemented by excellent bird watching, and there are excellent chances to view the northern lights at night.

  • When to go: Feb-Mar
  • Duration exc. flights: 5 days
  • Price exc. flights: From £1,306 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour
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Snaefellsnes Peninsula

The Snaefellsnes Peninsula is a 90km stretch of coastline comprising a world of diversity and includes the Snaefellsnes National Park at its western most end. Friendly towns and villages, spectacular mountains, a multitude of bird species nesting on treacherous cliffs and superb whale watching opportunities.

  • Where: Borgarfjörður
  • Ideal for viewing: orca, white-beaked dolphin, Arctic tern, kittiwake, rsven
  • Excellent for: Whale watching, Dolphin watching