Iceland is a true bucket list destination! Giant waterfalls, blue lagoons, ice caves, active volcanoes, geysers… truly one huge National Park and Mother Nature favorite’s playground. Iceland is also known for being cheap to fly to but expensive to stay at. We love to find out unique accommodations which are more than “a comfortable room with breakfast” and which are still affordable. Places that give you that extra experience and you’ll love to tell everyone about. That’s why we created this topic and we hope it will help you plan your own trip.
Whether you’re dreaming to go to Iceland or you’re busy planning your trip and don’t know where to stay, here we’ve listed the best places to stay in Iceland. All close to the main highlights of the different areas.
A trip to Iceland usually starts and ends in Reykjavík, the capital and located only 40 minutes of Keflavík International Airport. It’s one of the smallest capital cities in the world where two-thirds of the Icelandic population lives. Despite it’s a relatively small city, there are plenty of things to do. Stroll around the idyllic streets, hop in one of the cozy coffee bars, visit the unique Hallgrimskirka church and end the day with a sunset at the waterfront. Take about one or two days to explore the whole city.
The Blue Lagoon
The Golden Circle
Driving Iceland’s Golden Circle is a wonderful experience! The route is super easy to drive yourself and can be explored in one full day.
Vík is Iceland’s southernmost village and is located on the Ring Road 1,5 hour from Selfoss. This small charming fishing village is a great place to stop and stay for one night, before heading further. The stunning Reynisfjara black sand beach is only 10 minutes from the village and a must visit during sunrise. When you’re done with exploring, stop at Sudur Vik for dinner. Best restaurant you can find in Vík.
Höfn itself is a small fishing town located in the southeastern part of Iceland. Just outside the town about a 20-minute drive, you’ll find the Vestrahorn mountains and the extremely beautiful Stokksness beach. Also a must see!
Egilsstaðir is the biggest town in the East part of Iceland and a 3,5-hour drive from Höfn. With good services and supermarkets, this is a great place to stay before the next stop.
This small charming fishing village in the North-East side of Iceland is famous for the amazing whale watching tours and natural hot springs.
Bogarnes is a perfect place to stay if you want to visit Snæfellsjökull National Park. It’s located near Reykjavik and the Golden Circle.