These are some of the greatest places to stay in Iceland if you’re looking for a magical, romantic or adventurous setting!
1. Barrel huts, Westman Islands
If you’re checking out the Westman Islands, the barrel huts make for an accommodation just as magical as the surrounding nature. The huts have a cute interior and owner Hafdis makes sure that they are cosy and have her own personal touch! Get yourself a good night’s sleep and wake up your body with a short, but invigorating hike up the surrounding mountains. A breathtaking view over the mountains and sea awaits you while puffins flutter all around.
Upon arrival, we received a warm welcome and a fun challenge: Hafdis gave us a cardboard box and explained that the locals like to drive around town to pick up stranded pufflings! These young birds can’t fly themselves to the safety of the open seas and need to be released on the shore. Challenge accepted! We managed to find a lost puffling and threw it out to freedom the next morning!
More info on: http://glampingandcamping.is/
2. Hotel Rangá, Hella
Hotel Ranga in the South of Iceland is more than just a hotel. It is a paradise for luxury lovers, cuisine connoisseurs and wonder wanderers. It seems like Friðrik’s heart and soul is in this amazing hotel with continent themed rooms and suites. Every detail is in place and the amazing staff will make sure you have a hotel experience you’ve never had before.
Get in your robes and slippers and go outside to relax in the hot tubs with a view over the Icelandic plains. No doubt that you should try some Icelandic fish prepared by the talented chefs in the hotel’s restaurant! After that, go outside and gaze at the beautiful northern lights. A night to remember always!
More info on: https://www.hotelranga.is
3. Volcano huts, Þórsmörk
Got your hiking boots on to explore the nature around Þórsmörk? Staying at the Volcano Huts will certainly elevate your experience! From dormitories to private luxury glamping huts, there is something here for every traveler.
Relaxation is possible everywhere in this little paradise surrounded by nature. Go sweating in the sauna barrel or take a bath in the vulcanic spring. Some welcome wellness after a day of hiking! Check out their website for more information on the famous and breathtaking hikes from Skogar (Fimmvörðuháls), Landmannalaugur (Laugavegur) and other shorter hikes.
More info on: https://www.volcanohuts.com
4. Laxárdalur cottages, Húsavík
Can’t get enough of Iceland’s beautiful nature, remoteness and silence? The Laxárdalur cabins are located near the Myvatn area on a sheep farm. Guðrun and her family, who have always lived in the valley, own 300 sheep that can be seen running around in the area. The valley also has a rich folklore culture and tradition, and a river that is full of trout, if you have a special fishing licence. The cabins are beautifully decorated and very comfortable and have a kitchenette.
We visited the farm around the réttir period, when all sheep are collected from the surrounding mountains and valleys. So when we arrived, there were A LOT of sheep and they all seemed very agitated, which was very fun and spectacular to see!
Find the Laxárdalur Cabins on Airbnb and Booking.com
5. Einishús cottages, Husavík
In the beautiful Myvatn lake area, the Einishús cottages from Einir and his wife are a must visit. Designed and built by their son-in-law, these cottages have a very homey feeling with lot of space and openess and are perfect for families. Outside every cottage, there is a hot tub you can fill with fresh vulcanic water that you can enjoy in comfort and privacy. The cottages are located in nature, but are close to the Diamond Ring, a restaurant and a supermarket.
What we enjoyed most was the fully equiped kitchen and the space. Perfect for a cosy night to cook together with family and friends. The hot tub also made sure we felt relaxed and replenished!
More info on: http://www.einishus.com
6. Esjan Buses, Reykjavík
Sleeping in buses under the Esjan mountain close to Reykjavík truly is an unique experience. Don’t let the image of sleeping in a bus scare you though! Linda has managed to transform these city buses into these amazing sleeping units (hard to call it a room of course). These units are beautifully design with lovely details, have a kitchenette, accommodate 4 people each and are little works of art!
This area around the buses is just as beautiful as the buses themselves. This place is also great for checking out the northern lights. We were lucky enough to see the most beautiful spectacle of our entire trip right here!
Find the Esjan buses on Airbnb.
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