Efstidalur restaurant
Efstidalur restaurant

Efstidalur restaurant

Efstidalur is more than a farm; it’s a charming destination in South Iceland that seamlessly blends agriculture, hospitality, and gastronomy. Situated against the backdrop of Iceland’s stunning landscapes, Efstidalur offers a unique experience for locals and visitors alike.

“A really nice family run cattle farm with a small hotel, a restaurant with a view into the cowshed as well as a café with icecream barn.”

The farm’s restaurant is a culinary gem, serving dishes crafted from fresh, local ingredients. One of the highlights is the farm’s own dairy products, including homemade ice cream and creamy milkshakes. The menu features a blend of traditional Icelandic flavors and modern culinary techniques, offering a taste of the region’s rich culinary heritage.

Try local ice-cream


Efstidalur is renowned for its ice cream, prepared on-site using milk from the farm’s dairy. The Ice Cream Barn is a popular spot for indulging in a variety of flavors while enjoying the scenic surroundings. It’s a delightful treat for those exploring the nearby attractions.

Opening hours in Efstidalur restaurant

Here you can see, when you can eat in Efstidalur restaurant near geysir and Gullfoss in Iceland:

  • Monday: 10:00 – 20:00
  • Tuesday: 10:00 – 20:00
  • Wednesday: 10:00 – 20:00
  • Thursday: 10:00 – 20:00
  • Friday: 10:00 – 20:00
  • Saturday: 10:00 – 20:00
  • Sunday: 10:00 – 20:00

Menu in Efstidalur restaurant

Efstidalur embodies a farm-to-table philosophy, emphasizing the freshness and quality of locally sourced ingredients. This approach not only enhances the dining experience but also supports sustainable agriculture in the region.


Whether you’re a food enthusiast, nature lover, or someone seeking an authentic Icelandic experience, Efstidalur Farm and Restaurant beckon with the promise of warm hospitality, delicious flavors, and a glimpse into rural Icelandic life.


Efstidalur’s strategic location makes it an ideal stop for travelers exploring the Golden Circle or the South Coast of Iceland. It’s conveniently situated near attractions like Thingvellir National Park and the iconic Geysir geothermal area.

South Iceland’s Golden Circle travel route passes via Efstidalur. This property is a great pit break because it is within a 15-minute drive from the well-known Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir hot springs. Fontana geothermal baths in Laugarvatn are just ten minutes’ drive from Efstidalur. While you’re there, be sure to take in the breathtaking views of Mount Hekla and a delicious scoop of ice cream.

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Honest review of Efstidalur restaurant

“Efstidalur restaurant in Golden circle is one of not many restaurant, I have visited more than one time in my travels around Iceland. I come back to this place mostly because of good locations – close to Brúarfoss, on the way to Gullfoss and geysir. It has a great atmosphere and I always visit a place, when it´s not crowdy there.

The menu is a bit short, but that´s probably the only dissapointing part of Efstidalur farm. They offer a soup buffet, which I´ve never tried, but they have a good fish and steak. You can choose from 3 types of burger – I usually go for Hot springs burger, a bit spicy one. Eventhough the service is only on the bar and no waiter will come to you take and order, it does not ruin the experience.

As soon as you come to tables, you can see from inside windows just inside the barn, where are the local cows, feeding at the same time as you eat.

Every time I visit this place I also go downstairs to the small café, ice-cream area and take one with me. The vanilla or cookie flavor never dissapointed me. “

Efstidalur has been in the family for generations since around 1750. Now run by four siblings and their families, this dairy farm is now focused on tourism.

Read the full story of Efstidalur farmers: Homemade Ice Cream and other treats at the charming Efstidalur Dairy Farm in Iceland

Being the seventh generation who has taken over the farm, they have constantly worked on improving the facility and developing the concept.

Check other restaurants nearby:

  • Mika restaurant in Reykholt
  • Restaurant Lindin in Laugarvatn
  • Fridheimar greenhouse restaurant
  • Farmers bistro in Flúdir

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