Our Iceland Accommodation Guide – The Best Hotels To Stay In
Whether you plan to stay within easy reach of Reykjavik or want to escape to the far north, Iceland has plenty to offer when it comes to unique, boutique and luxury hotels.
Here’s our guide to the top hotels you must visit when planning any trip to Iceland.
Stay here if you want to unwind in an outdoor heated hot tub as you try to catch a glimpse of the shimmering northern lights
Location: About an hour’s drive from Reykjavík. Hotel Ranga sits right on a river between the small towns of Hella and Hvolsvöllur.
Why we love it: This luxury hotel overlooks the East Ranga River and features a variety of world-class facilities including the critically acclaimed Restaurant 4 and a roll-off roof observatory, designed specifically for aurora hunting – a feature unique to Hotel Ranga.
Experience it yourself: Summer Nights At Ranga
Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon
Perfect for nature lovers, stay here if you want easy access to two of Iceland’s most spectacular natural attractions.
Location:Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon is located right between Skaftafell National Park and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon.
Why we love it: Why we love it: A contemporary hotel with high ceilings and huge windows looking out onto local wilderness. The obvious highlight of this property is its proximity to Skaftafell and Jökulsárlónshort, a must add to any Icelandic road trip.
Stay here if want to stay at a luxurious and quiet oasis on the doorstep of Iceland’s iconic natural wonders
Location: The hotel is a 90-minute drive from Reykjavik and is centred around all the main attractions in the middle of Iceland’s Western Region.
Why we love it: Commanding a popular, yet peaceful spot in Borgarfjordur, at Hotel Husafell you’re a stone’s throw away from a number of natural wonders including the Hraunfossar waterfall and Langjokull Icecap (where you can go Into the Glacier). You’re also a short journey from the famous Golden Circle and only 90 minutes away from Reykjavik by car. The food at Hotel Husafell is delectable – expect Icelandic ingredients accompanied by fine wines and fantastic service.
Experience it yourself: Northern Lights, Glaciers and Waterfalls
Stay here if you want to experience one of the most isolated, yet luxurious hotels in Europe.
Location: Deplar Farm is about 5 hours from Keflavik Airport, in the mountain of the Troll Peninsula, between the fjords of Skagafjodur and Eyjaforour in northern Iceland.
Why we love it: Situated in a remote valley, this all inclusive lodge offers something for everyone. In the middle of nowhere, with only a handful of other rooms around, you feel like you are one of they only people left on the planet. The property offers an exclusive spa experience with indoor and outdoor hot tubs, geothermal swimming pools and saunas – a perfect way to relax and eagerly await the aurora borealis at night.
Stay here if you want a great base for exploring the local waterfalls and jiking paths.
Location: Located in Hvalfjörður less than an hour’s drive from Reykjavik
Why we love it: Overlooking Hvalfjordur (whale fjord), the elegant Hotel Glymur fuses a peaceful countryside setting with the convenience of being a stone’s throw from Reykjavik. Indulge in an outdoor hot tub under a glittering night sky, explore the Snaefellsnes Peninsula on foot and savour local cuisine in the hotel restaurant.
Experience it yourself: Northern Lights at Glymur
Stay here if you want to soak up the stunning views of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula.
Location: The hotel takes its name from the nearby Budir estuary, and its setting is as remote as it is completely natural. Reykjavik is two hours away by car.
Why we love it: The perfect choice for a secluded getaway, Hotel Budir is nestled on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, cocooned by a moss-clad lava bed. Aside from rugged lava fields and the choppy Atlantic, the only thing to do here is enjoy your surroundings, keep your eyes out for whales and puffins and head to the Snaefellsjokull National Park to truly understand the natural beauty of the region.
Stay here if you want to relax in stylish surrounds before seeking the aurora on your private balcony.
Location: You can find this hotel on the remote northern coast of Iceland, tucked into the harbour of a former fishing town, which was once known as the ‘herring capital of the world’.
Why we love it: Stylish decor and historic surrounds make the beautiful Hotel Siglo a fantastic base in which to explore sleepy Siglufjordur. Facilities include a charming restaurant overlooking the marina, where you can spot fresh fish being caught and taken straight to the hotel kitchen.