Accommodation in Iceland ranges from international-standard hotels, found mainly in urban areas, to guest houses, farmhouses and cottages. Outside the towns, places to stay fall into one of five main types. In all but self-catering accommodation, a substantial and varied Icelandic breakfast – often featuring home or locally-made bread, preserves, cheese and yoghurt – is provided and other meals may be available.
We can also recommend accommodation for groups. These include hotels and hostels, as well as log cabins, with a mix of catering options. Standards of comfort and catering (where available) are good and they are accustomed to dealing with larger numbers.
These are found in Reykjavík and other large towns and offer double or twin-bedded rooms, en-suite facilities and breakfast. Some have restaurants.
Country or summer hotels
These offer a good standard of comfort and service Some are in schools which have closed for the summer but, even here, twin-bedded rooms with en-suite facilities are often available.
Guest houses and Farmhouses
Staying with local families, sometimes on a working farm, is a great way to get to know the country and its people.
Guest bedrooms, which are simple but comfortable, might be in the home of the owners, in the main house but separated from the hosts’ own accommodation, or in cottages or other buildings in the grounds. Rooms may have private or shared facilities.
Cottages and apartments
All have cooking facilities and enough crockery and equipment for the registered number of guests. Duvets are supplied but bed linen needs to be rented. Many cottages in Iceland are log cabins and are very popular.
For the young and young-at-heart, hostels are a good budget option. Some are self-catering, others offer meals and the level of comfort is good. There are several hostels in Reykjavik as well as in the countryside, although those in rural areas may only be open in the summer. They may be independently-run or affiliated to Hostelling International.
There are plenty of places to camp in Iceland. Please let us know if you are interested in spending some nights under canvas.
Levels of comfort
Our clients tell us they like comfortable, clean and friendly places to stay and we choose accommodation to match these preferences. Outside Reykjavik, hotels with a full range of facilities are few and far between and they are not cheap. Before making your booking, please refer to the categories below and let us know whether you would prefer a high level of comfort or a more economical option. We appreciate that travellers have grown used to bedrooms with en suite facilties. However, particularly in rural areas, there are some lovely places to stay which you can only experience if you are prepared to share a bathroom for a night or two.
Sleeping Bag Accommodation: For those on a tight budget, this is the most basic level where guests supply their own bedding. Rooms generally sleep one to four people, usually in beds but occasionally just mattresses are provided.
Budget: Accommodation is simple but comfortable with shared facilities. Rooms are cleaned and beds made daily and linen is supplied. Guests have access to a communal sitting room.
Simple: In addition to the above, all rooms have wash basins and are generally of a higher standard and better equipped. Facilities may be shared.
Standard: All rooms have a private bathroom.
Extra comfort: These are generally found in Country Hotels. All rooms are en-suite and are generally well equipped with TV and radio and, sometimes, tea and coffee-making facilities.