ACCOMMODATION IN ICELAND
Let’s get one myth on Icelandic ‘accommodation’ cleared up…
ICELANDERS DO NOT LIVE IN IGLOOS.
Hopefully, you didn’t have your heart set on staying in an igloo in Iceland. But if you did don’t worry, there are plenty of other awesome accommodation options in Iceland to choose from. From your everyday hotels to quirky hostels, charming cottages and camper vans, there is a type of accommodation to suit whatever your travel preferences are.
It can be tricky deciding on the best accommodation for you and your group, so to help you decide here is an overview of the different accommodation options you can choose from in Iceland.
HOTELS AND HOSTELS
Hotels and hostels are the most common accommodation travelers choose in Iceland. From luxury hotels with impressive decor to quirky hostels that show off Iceland’s hipster vibe, you can find a hotel or hostel to fit all travel styles. Hotels and hostels book up very quickly in Iceland so be sure to reserve your room well in advance, otherwise, you will be left with very pricey options or none at all.
4 Star Hotel Rangá
WHAT TYPE OF HOTELS AND HOSTELS ARE IN ICELAND?
Travelers will find a range of options in Iceland when it comes to hotels and hostels. From chain hotels (the most popular one is Center Hotel), luxury 4-star hotels in Reykjavik and no-frills hotels you can find one to suit everyone’s tastes and budgets.
Hostels can be found all around the country, even in the remote Westfjords of Iceland! In downtown Reykjavik, guests can stay at hostels right in city center including one quirky hostel that used to be an old biscuit factory, KEX Hostel. All over the country, you can find a hostel to spend the night in, and they are great places to meet fellow travelers looking for an adventure in Iceland!
WHERE CAN I SEARCH FOR HOTELS AND HOSTELS IN ICELAND?
Searching for hotels and hostels is best done on online search engines. A few great sources to start your search are:
WHAT IS THE PRICE RANGE FOR HOTELS AND HOSTELS IN ICELAND?
The price range for hotels and hostels in Iceland greatly depends on the type of accommodation, location, and time of year. For those traveling to Iceland during the peak season, be prepared to pay a higher rate than the off-season months, especially for hotels in Reykjavik. The earlier you book, the better deal you will get so book as soon as possible!
Airbnb is quickly gaining popularity in Iceland and is a great option for those who want to get a feel for how the locals live. Renting an Airbnb apartment is especially great for bigger groups who want to stay together in one place, or for those that want to try and save some money by having their own kitchen to cook some meals in. One thing is for sure, the cozy Scandinavian design most Icelandic homes favor will have you feeling right at home during your time in Iceland!
For booking go to Airbnb website where you can search a range of price ranges, locations, and apartment sizes to find the best accommodation to suit your needs.
SUMMER HOUSES AND COTTAGES
What better way to experience Iceland with your family than enjoying a charming cottage surrounded by beautiful nature? Icelanders love their city escapes to their summer houses and we know you will too. Summerhouses and cottages vary in size as well as the extras they feature. Some cottages offer just the basics and others will be fully equipped with WIFI, TV and the best part, a HOT TUB. You will quickly see why Icelanders enjoy their summer houses so much!
WHERE CAN YOU BOOK SUMMER HOUSES IN ICELAND?
To book a summer house in Iceland you can use a few different methods.
- Research summer houses in the region you want to stay. For example, if you want to stay in the South of Iceland search for summer houses in the South of Iceland and you will be shown a list of options to choose from.
- Visit Iceland.is website has a great list of summer houses from all over the country
- Use booking websites such as com website or Icelandic Farm Holidays website.
WHAT IS THE PRICE RANGE FOR SUMMER HOUSES IN ICELAND?
The price range for a summer house varies. Factors such as the size of the summerhouse, location, and additional features will affect the price. There are many options so you can search around for one that best suits your budget.
If you are looking for a unique experience while in Iceland a farmstay is the perfect option for you. Enjoy the peace and quiet of Icelandic farm life while learning about the local culture at the same time. An added bonus, you will get to enjoy some adorable animals running around outside your window. The type of accommodation you can find at a farm stay varies from a dormitory style room to a fully furnished cabin.
The price range for a farm stay varies greatly depending on the accommodation chosen. For booking a farm stay check outIcelandic Farm Holidaysand find the perfect farm getaway for your trip to Iceland.
CAMPING IN ICELAND
Yes, camping in Iceland is totally a thing, and it is awesome! While we wouldn’t recommend relying on camping during the winter months, if you are heading to Iceland during the summertime, camping is a great option for accommodation. Not only is it much cheaper than the hotels in the country, it also lets you stay right up close with the Icelandic nature.
WHERE CAN YOU CAMP AT?
Please respect the Icelandic nature and only camp in designated campgrounds. This is an important fact to keep in mind and to help protect the unique Icelandic nature. Iceland has over 200 campgrounds around the country and most do not require booking in advance giving you even more freedom in deciding where to set up camp each day.
The following websites are great resources in helping you map out the campgrounds around the country:
WHAT ARE THE CAMPGROUND IN ICELAND LIKE?
There are a few things about camping in Iceland that may be different from other camping trips you have taken.
- Fires are not allowed. You will have to stick to roasting marshmallows over the coals of the BBQ, there are no open fires allowed.
- Running water and a bathroom. Almost all campgrounds in Iceland are equipped with running water and a bathroom.
- Wide open spaces. Since there aren’t many trees in Iceland the campgrounds tend to be located in open fields typically on the outskirts of town.
HOW MUCH DOES CAMPING COST?
Camping in Iceland is cheap, which means you can have more money to spend a longer time exploring this gorgeous country! Campgrounds typically charge $8-$16 USD per person for each night. This fee includes access to the bathroom facilities and running water.
If you are planning on camping in Iceland for more than just a few days purchasing the camping cardmay be a great option for you. The card costs $125 USD and lets you camp in 41 different campgrounds around the country for up to 28 days. You can find more information on the different campgrounds the camping card works for and purchase one on the Camping Card Iceland website.
WILL THERE BE SHOWERS AT THE CAMPGROUNDS?
Not all campground will have shower facilities, be sure to check with the campground you plan on staying at regarding this. Typically the more expensive campgrounds include showers, and maybe even a geothermal pool. Some of the cheaper campgrounds may have showers that you can use for an additional fee, around $4 USD.
If your campground does not have a shower have no fear, finding a shower in Iceland is in fact quite easy thanks to one thing, the local pools! Almost every town will have a local pool (and we recommend checking them out!) where you can take a nice shower and spend some time relaxing in the warm pools. The fee forusing the pools are around $4-$6 USD with some of the more expensive pools charging $10-$12 USD.
WHERE CAN YOU RENT CAMPING GEAR?
Packing a tent and all your camping gear onto the plane may not sound like the most convenient option, but do not fret, you can actually rent all the gear you need once you have arrived in Iceland. Prices for renting camping gear depend on all the equipment you will need, but for a basic tent and sleeping bag rental it is around $18 USD per day. You can rent camping gear for your tripIceland Camping Gear Rental website.
*The above camping information also applies to campervans!
CAMPERVANS IN ICELAND
If you are heading to Iceland with the plan to rent a car and explore as much of the country as possible it may be a better (and more budget friendly!) option for you to look into renting a campervan. Iceland is the place to be for an ultimate road trip adventure, and when your accommodation is in the backseat you never how to worry about how many stops you make along the way.
WHERE CAN YOU STAY WITH A CAMPERVAN IN ICELAND?
Thanks to a law in Iceland called “the law of survival” you can park your campervan anywhere for one night. Want to wake up to a glacier lagoon one morning and a waterfall the next? With a campervan you are in totally control of your schedule and morning views!
If you prefer to stay in a campground (see resources above in camping section) you do not need to worry about booking a spot in advance. If you see a free space it is yours for the taking. Like I said, total freedom with your campervan.
WHERE CAN YOU BOOK A CAMPERVAN IN ICELAND?
Booking can be done directly on the campervan companies website. There are several campervan operators to choose from in Iceland, a few of the most popular ones are:
WHAT IS THE PRICE RANGE FOR A CAMPERVAN IN ICELAND?
For the basic campervan for 2 people the average price range is:
Low season (October – May): $100 – $140 USD per day
High Season (June – September): $160 – $200 USD per day
A stay in a mountain hut is perfect for those who plan on spending time hiking around some of Iceland’s most rugged and remote locations. Mountain huts are large cabins with a hostel-like atmosphere with open bunk beds inside. Cabins are equipped with running water and access to a dining hall. Depending on the location there will be showers available, and if you are lucky a hot spring!
WHERE CAN YOU BOOK MOUNTAIN HUTS?
Booking can be done directly on the mountain huts websites. There are several mountain huts to choose from around Iceland in the different regions. Here are a few resources to search for available mountain huts:
- is– for information of mountain huts all around the country
- Volcano Huts– for those traveling toÞórsmörk Nature Reserve
- is– a great resource to search for mountain huts that allows you to narrow your search by regions
WHAT IS THE PRICE RANGE FOR MOUNTAIN HUTS?
For a one night stay per person in the mountainhuts expect to pay between $20 – $35 USD. If you are planning on traveling to the more popular areas such asÞórsmörk orLandmannalaugarbe sure to book in advance as these locations fill up quickly.
ARE THE MOUNTAIN HUTS OPEN YEAR ROUND?
The mountain huts are located in the interior of Iceland, a region which is only accessible during the summer months. If you are planning a visit from June to August, the mountain huts will be open. However, some locations may be open in May and stay open until September. If you are coming during one of these months, make sure to confirm that the location is open and accessible.
If you enjoy meeting locals and/or are traveling on a tight budget Couchsurfing while in Iceland is a great option for you! Iceland has a very active Couchsurfing community with hosts who enjoy sharing their local insight with visitors. Use theCouchsurfing websiteto find places to stay in Iceland and be sure to treat your hosts with respect, they are welcoming you into their home so treat it well.
TIPS FOR ACCOMMODATION IN ICELAND
Now that you have a breakdown of all the different type of accommodation options in Iceland here are a few tips to keep in mind when booking your accommodation:
- Book early! With Iceland welcoming more and more visitors each year the number of places for these visitors to stay can’t grow fast enough. As soon as you know your dates start looking to book your accommodation. Not only will this lower your stress level but it will also help you find better deals on accommodation.
- Accommodation outside of the cities is few and far in between. In the more remote places in Iceland, it can be tricky finding available accommodation, be sure to research accommodation options in the region you want to visit first or opt for camping or renting a campervan.
- If you decide camping or renting a campervan you may be wondering where to shower. Make use of local pools or relax in some hot springs. No matter what tiny town you are in Iceland you will most likely be able to find a pool
With so many wonderful accommodation options to chose, you will have no problem tailoring your Icelandic adventure to exactly your needs! Now time to get planning. What type of accommodation would you prefer for your epic travels in Iceland?
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