Panorama Glass Lodge
Here you will find answers to frequently asked questions about our lodges and our services.
They're all the same style of House and on the same property in Hella, south Iceland. All of them do have a private hot tub and hammock nets. Alva is closest to the parking lot and on the upper part of the property. The Alva Lodge is super nice for the scenery to view at from the upper platform and a great panorama is visible. If you have reduced mobility, Alva is your best choice. Freya is more secluded and closer down at the river. It is perfect for taking photos and feel more isolated, the Lodge is closer to the river and has view on the Hekla volcano. Freya Lodge is more away from the parking lot to walk and has some stairs to walk up and a pathway to walk down to get there. It is approximately a 250m walk. Odin Lodge is on the left side of the property, with a beautiful view on volcano Hekla and on the river. It is also rather easily accessible and a bit closer to the parking lot. Thor Lodge is the one on the outermost left side, more secluded with great privacy and with view on Mount Burfell and Bjolfell and the highlands. The river is of course also visible. It is a bit down the hill, if you have reduced mobility we recommend booking the Odin or the Alva Lodge. All cabins have good privacy and are not visible to eachother at the glass parts. There is a Viking Swing down at the river and it is accessible for the guests of all Lodges on the property.
We do not have a waiting list. The best is to book at least 7-9 months in advance. In case we get cancellations, we will always announce it In our Instagram stories and also In our FB posts at the same time. This way we can reach the most people and there are always a lot of people waiting for something becoming available. It is first come, first serve. Many cancellations reach us around 30 days prior to the event, as this is the timeframe where guests can cancel without paying a fee.
Unfortunately not, every lodge is made for two persons only but if you are several people you could book several Lodges. They are in walking distance from each other. There’s no space for a 3 rd person in the cabins, it’s very tiny and we do not have a spare mattress. But we can provide a travel baby cot for the very little ones. A family Lodge is planned for Fall 2022.
If you are travelling as a family or with friends and want to stay close to each other with a shorter walking distance, we recommend booking Freya and Alva Lodge together or then Odin and Thor Lodge. Those Lodges are closer to each other and share one parking lot together. There are two Lodges on each side of our property.
We don't open bookings more than a year in advance. Also we do not take any pre-reservations. Thank you for understanding. We will always send out a newsletter when we release the next few months of booking dates, so be sure to subscribe to our mailing list to be informed straight away.
Our prices are listed in € (Euros). We do not display $ or £ prices as the exchange rates vary a lot week to week (or sometimes even day to day). Please check your exchange rate before booking. The booking will always be fully paid in € via your card automatically, you get charged in your currency in the end.
Please first check the current time in Iceland (GMT). We are mostly available between 8:00 and 19:00 on weekdays - Icelandic time. If we still do not take the phone or call back please note that we are a small family business and have little kids and there is no physical office. Emails will be always answered ASAP. So rather try to email us and we'll get back to you as soon as we can. Over weekends we try to answer emails but it can also take us until Monday to get back to you. Thank you for your understanding.
Inside the Lodges
We two Saunas, one for two lodges to share. One Sauna is shared by Alva and Freya Lodge (river and mountain view) and the other one by Odin and Thor Lodge (mountain view). There is a timetable for each lodge when it is possible to use the Sauna. So that we can make sure that all guests get their private timeslot at the sauna.
Yes we do have pull up rollerblinds on the side around the bed for that extra little bit privacy in case someone feels uncomfortable :). But there are no curtains on the rooftop windows, means there will be light from the sun or moon if it's fullmoon and we recommend to bring your sleeping masks with you if you are light sensitive. During summer months we provide sleeping masks for our guests (from May to August).
Our bathrooms do have a very beautiful design which you can see in our gallery or on the booking site. We provide organic cosmetics from a local brand called Sóley Organics, which is made out of 100% icelandic ingredients and made in Iceland. We use only refillable products for the bathroom. We privide shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, hand lotion, hand soap. Also there are complimentary additions like cotton rounds, cotton buds, earplugs, sewing kit, dental kit for emergency and shaving kit. Everything that one might need when it didn't come in your toiletries bag when leaving your home :). We've got you covered in this case. There is a huge rainfall shower from the brand Hans Grohe. Please note that our water boiler only provides hot water for around 5-7 minutes (depending on the outside temperature). Due to the compact size of the house, it is not possible to have a bigger water boiler. The whole area around Hekla volcano does not have hot water access, therefore we need to heat it up electronically. We ask our guests to use the water economically.
Our kitchens do all have two stoves, a fridge with little freezer, a toaster, a nespresso coffee machine and a kettle plus a microwave. We do have basic food supplies like: Pasta / Rice / Cereals / Herbs and spices / Salt, Pepper and Sugar / Tea assortment / Coffee / Vinegar and Oil / Jam / Ketchup / We have pans, pots, dishes and cutlery and glasses for champagne and wine of course. Also a bottle opener is provided. If you however want to use fresh products (such as vegetables, fruits, bred, milk etc) we ask you to bring them yourself and buy on your way to the Lodges.
The land is completely private as there are only our four Lodges on this property which is almost 50’000sqm big. We have built up hills between the Lodges for more privacy. The road on the other side of the river leads to a little summer house area and therefore there are sometimes cars driving on that road to these summer houses. The houses you can see in the nearby area are all not regularly inhabited and only in use as summer houses for locals. The little house that is located on the other side of the river is not inhabited and only used as a storage house. We do have black out pull-up side curtains for that extra bit of privacy 🙂
Yes they are heated with floor heating plus an additional wall heater.
We do not have much space inside the Lodges but however it will fit for two medium sized suitcases. We recommend to only take a backpack or a bag with you inside or only what you need. We do have a cupboard where you can store things but other than that on the floor area is not much space to leave any bigger baggage.
Our housekeepers will fill the pool before each guests arrival and start the heater. As it takes up to 5hrs to fully heat the pool it will be ready at around 19:00 on your check in day (sometimes even sooner, depending on when they finish filling it). It's regularely heated on 39/40 degrees celsius. Please check the temperature before you enter the pool.
As we are no Hotel we do not have a reception or any staff on site. It is self check-in and check-out and one housekeeping staff is only on site between 11:00 and 15:00. In case of any questions during your stay, we're available via email, call or Whatsapp message from 8:00-20:00. We strongly recommend to arrive to the property before it gets completely dark in Winter as it is really pitch dark at night and we have not installed additional outdoor lights to not cause any light pollution for sky viewing. Though we have torches in the box on the parking space to find your way to your cabin.
Our handmade Viking Swing is meant for the use of all Panorama Glass Lodge guests during their stay. It does not belong to one specific Lodge. It is located down at the river with the most amazing view, we can proudly say that we have created the swing with the best view in Iceland. Enjoy the time while swinging, it's amazing!
You find us on google maps, simply type in Panorama Glass Lodge South to get exact GPS data. A little direction help in case you lose internet connection: We’re right after the town Hella, 20 minutes North of it. From the Mainroad Nr1 you turn into road Nr264 direction Gunnarsholt (a yellow sign). After that you turn into road Nr268 direction Næfurholt (also a yellow sign) which turns into a gravel road after half of the distance. The last little road where you need to turn to the right you’ll see a blue sign with yellow letters “Panorama Glass Lodge”. From there it is only 2 Minutes maximum until the property. The property is marked with a white sign with our logo and the parking space is also marked with a standard blue parking sign. Please only park on this parking lot.
You will get the electronic code for the door one day before check-in via email (latest in the evening before check-in day). We have an electronical smart lock and you need no key to enter the Lodges. It's a non serviced area, there's no staff on location.
No, it's accomodation only, we do not organize any tours nor provide pick-up.
159km, 2h10min. Please calculate more time if there’s snow and ice on the roads or a storm going on – road closures are always possible in Iceland, inform yourself before your journey via www.road.is about road conditions.
In winter (October until March) we recommend to only drive there with a 4WD as it’s out of the main road and it also has gravel parts. In summer no 4wd is needed and the location is super easily accessible. Please always check www.safetravel.is and road conditions on www.road.is before you go on a journey. You can find weather forecast and storm warnings on www.vedur.is
General Information & Sightseeing
You can only see the northern lights during winter time when it's dark outside (from around late August to late April). Also you only see them if it's cloudless, not raining and not snowing. There is no certain time when they appear the most - they can appear from early evening to early morning. Just don't forget to look up in the sky frequently when it's dark outside. Also check our aurora forecast and cloudcover forecast every 15min to see how big your chances will be. Sometimes they are not very active and you do not see them even on a cloudless night. You also need a bit of luck to see them :). Generally you can say, if you can see the stars and are patient and staring into the sky for hours, your chances are high that you see some. December and January are usually the months with the heaviest storms and there are a lot of storms, so we would say these months the chances are a bit smaller that you see the Auroras (but not impossible), but every year is different.
The closest possibility to buy food is in Hella, which is a 25 minutes drive away. There is a grocery store (Kjarval) and a petrol station. The petrol station is open until 23.00 every day. If you want to get alcohol there’s only one store chain in Iceland. It is called vínbúðin and is closed on Sundays and holidays and also closes at 18:00 every other day. The closest of these stores is in Hella.
If you booked a stay with us in Summer you'll be lucky for sure to experience the amazing midnight sunsets out of your bed or the hot pool if the weather is good. Tough Summer also has his side effects ;). There are a lot of flies around waters outside and they also love our glass cabin like everyone else does. You find 2 fly swatters in our Lodge so you can catch these little friends together and have some fun :). One annoying phenomenon is new in Iceland and these are the Lúsmý. They're insects and almost transparent and so tiny that you can't see them properly and they are always outside and also inside houses (mostly in evenings or mornings) near waters and go thru clothes and leave you with dozens of itchy bites. You don't feel anything when they bite you, only a few hours later you discover the itchy small bites. The best to do after you got attacked by them is getting into the hot tub with at least 42 degrees and soak in there for 5 minutes. It will help to reduce the itchyness. Also there's no need for heaters in Summer as it gets quite warm anyway through the sun in the Lodge. Heaters are always off during summertime but of course if you need them you can turn them on, but please put them off again before check-out. On hot days (for icelandic conditions at least) we recommend to leave the balcony door open while you are in the cabin. For light sensitive people we recommend taking your eye masks with you to get full darkness at night as the sun never sets during summer. We have blackout curtains available for the side windows but the ceiling has no curtains, means it is still not completely dark.
Winters in Iceland are mild but windy. So pack enough warm clothes and a hat, waterproof gear is always recommended. There can be violent and dangerous wind and snow storms in the winter months which reach it's peak at December and January with sometimes closed roads and difficult driving conditions. If the roads are closed to our Lodges we have to cancel the booking as it's not allowed for anyone to drive (and therefore also not possible for us to go and clean the Lodge) and you also shouldn't go outside during a violent storm. It is possible that we need to cancel your booking in this case and of course you get the full refund. If you are at the Lodge during a storm, please don't use the hot pool as it can be very dangerous and secure the pool cover firmly. Do not leave anything outside the terrace during a storm, wind gusts can reach up to 60m/s and blow everything away. We have a storm information printed out in each cabin. Take weather warnings always serious! You should always check www.vedur.is for weather forecasts and storm alerts. Also before you go on a journey, please check www.safetravel.is or www.road.is.
We have put up a full guide for our guests with a great collection of Places to see in the area. Visit our Instagram Guide for the information: https://www.instagram.com/panoramaglasslodge/guide/amazing-places-you-must-see-in-south-iceland/17914030036646910/
We only have housekeepers working in our company, so this is the only position you can apply for. Applicants must have housekeeping experience (preferably in the luxury sector) and must be able to work absolutely independantly. Housekeepers need to have a car as our location is very remotely. Unadressed emails with CV's won't get answered. Good advise: Please inform yourself about the company you want to work before you apply for a job ;). We don't need any cooking chefs or waitresses or barkeepers. There are only cabins and no need for these positions. Thank you and good luck.