Hotel Klettur is an elegant first-class hotel located a stone’s throw from the center of Reykjavik. The hotel has 166 rooms, of which 145 are standard rooms, 18 deluxe rooms and 3 family rooms. Of the eighteen deluxe rooms, ten have with private balconies and five offer stunning views over the sea and to the mountains. The ground floor has a comfortable seating area and a breakfast room offering a tasty breakfast included in the room price. In addition, there is a beautiful lounge and a game room.
The hotel’s name derives from the large boulder (‘klettur’ in Icelandic can mean either ‘large boulder’ or ‘cliff’) which has been left in site on the ground floor of the hotel and appears to be bursting out from the wall. The overall appearance and design of the hotel is inspired by Icelandic nature and, more specifically, Icelandic rock formations.
There are numerous stories of elves in Icelandic folklore. There have even been examples of planned road-works and buildings being amended because contractors were prevented from moving large boulders believed to be inhabited by elves. Signs of such changes can be seen in various modern road-works and buildings.
Stories about elves originate in numerous mythologies about elves and dwarves. They are believed to be minor divinities and are closely associated with people’s ideas about nature and fertility. Elves are usually invisible, but can become visible to humans if they choose to. They can be helpful and kind to those who wish them no harm and will do favours in exchange for favours. They can, however, be mean and take swift revenge if thwarted.
Although nothing is known for certain, it may be that the boulder on the ground floor was left in place so as not to disturb any elves living in it. The boulder on the side of the hotel would then possibly be the entrance to their home.