On the south side of Iceland, in a little enclave at the base of a mountain, Hotel Anna provides guests with a country cottage experience. The hotel is the original home of Iceland’s first female travel writer, Sigríður Anna Jónsdóttir, and has a museum on-site to honor her and the work she did. Her books are on sale at the front desk. The few houses, church, and cemetery scattered nearby are what’s left of the original fishing village in that location; part of the museum explores the town’s history.
The restaurant offers traditional Icelandic food in a dining room full of antique displays and the former owner’s belongings. The staff is exceptional. We arrived right when dinner service was ending, but they let us stay and eat, alerted us when the Northern Lights were out, and then served us our dessert outside so we could keep watching.
Hotel Anna is a small house with few rooms, but all are equipped with antique furniture, comfortable beds, and some have private patios. The lobby area doubles as a sitting room and has books and games available for guest use. Maps of Iceland are on the front desk and the staff is happy to assist with any directions or suggestions needed. A short drive away is Seljalandsfoss, a waterfall with a path to walk behind it and one of the many popular sights for tourists.