Camp inside a greenhouse in Iceland!
A novelty camping idea in Iceland are the so-called Hobbit houses in Borgarfjörður, where you can pitch up your tent inside geothermally heated greenhouses.
The company who came up with this fabulous idea is Hverinn-Sælureitur in the charming countryside at Kleppjárnsreykjar in Borgarfjörður, West Iceland. The area offers camping, a guesthouse, restaurant and tourist shop as well as vegetables grown at the local greenhouses, all heated with the naturally hot geothermal water of the region.
The new addition are greenhouses specially conceived for camping purposes, which means that you can camp all year round in a comfortably warm temperature, protected from the elements.
Beautiful Borgarfjörður offers plenty of options for leisure activities. Iceland Monitor/ Eggert Jóhannesson
"Summer in Iceland can of course be wet and windy and I got the idea when cold, wet tourists turned up either on foot or by bike at my camping grounds," says owner Bragi Geir Gunnarsson. "I was wondering what I could do with these old greenhouses and then realised that I might have an idea that would appeal to both Icelanders and tourists to Iceland."
The "Tent Hobbits" are heated with the geothermal waters of a hot spring at Kleppjárnsreykir, the floors are turfed with grass for easy camping and there's ventilation on both sides of the greenhouse. Guests staying inside the greenhouses receive access to toilets, showers, a washing machine and a dryer. The price of camping inside the greenhouse is a mere 2.500 Icelandic krónur.
The area also produces its own vegetables, grown using geothermal energy from a nearby hot spring. Photo: Hverinn Sælureitur
As an added bonus, the site offers a great deal of options for leisure activities for all age groups and there are plenty of things to see and do in the picturesque Borgarfjörður, historic sites, glacier trips, waterfalls, horseriding and fantastic hikes.
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