Paulo and I, a little while ago, drove around Iceland by car from Reykjavík. Along the way, we stopped in several tiny cities and stayed in different places. Some of the cities are so small that you can’t even find a hotel. In these cases, we stayed in individual rooms in houses in the region that provided this type of service. Another really cool option is to rent a house through Airbnb – I’ve done it twice in Iceland and it worked.
The whole country has wonderful landscapes and several places worth visiting, I swear! Ah, if you decide to do like us, and drive around the country by car, always try to plan to arrive at destinations before 9 pm, as most places close around that time. Now I’m going to tell you some of the best places to stay around the country, write down the tips there aí
KEX is a very modern hostel with a nice and relaxed atmosphere. The decor is vintage and this older school style is even clearer as you get to know the surroundings of the place. In addition to the space for guests, they also have a space where some bands play live.
The rooms can be individual, but the bathrooms are shared. It’s not a big problem, since everything is very clean and organized. The restaurant in the place is also great and it is close to the center of Reykjavík. There’s no better thing, right?
Do you know these cozy and perfect hotels to relax in the middle of an incredible view? Hotel Búdir is like that! It is in the middle of mountains and is the ideal place to stop and rest. They offer delicious meals and very good common areas!
There you can choose between three types of accommodation, that is, you will have everything from simpler options to slightly more luxurious rooms. One of the coolest things about this region is that from there you can see the northern lights if it is at the time of year when it happens – which is usually in March.
Icelandair Hotel Vik
Paulo and I stayed at this hotel and I loved the decoration of the room and the entrance hall. The ambience of Icelandair Hotel Vik is all minimalist and with more neutral tones like black and white, something that I have been enjoying a lot lately. In addition, we were lucky to get a room with a beautiful view!
The restaurant’s food is very good, perfect for those who want to try typical dishes of the region. As the hotel is in a village, the landscapes around it are breathtaking and will make you even more enchanted with Iceland.
From the same chain as the Icelandair Hotel Vik, the Hotel Fludir is smaller and great for those stopping for just one night or activities around the hotel, such as walking. The outdoor hot tubs are simply irresistible and great for relaxing after a day of exploring and traveling. The restaurant is good and the common areas are very pleasant, especially outside the hotel, where you can watch the starry sky.
Ion Hotels are located in two places with very different proposals. Ion City is in the center of Reykjavik, in an urban and busier environment. The Ion Adventure, in spite of being about 1 hour from the capital, is in a very remote region close to the Thingvellir National Park.
Both hotels are incredible, have a totally out of the box design and have this more welcoming boutique hotel footprint that Paulo and I really like. The Reykjavik unit is full of lights in the corridors and has 7 room options! The Ion Adventure has a wonderful outdoor heated pool, SPA and smaller rooms, but still very comfortable. The landscape of the place is surreal and you will want to spend days there, just resting and enjoying the tranquility of the environment.
Like the Icelandair Hotel Vik, the 101 hotel is minimalist and has a more sober color palette throughout the decor. They have 38 rooms and, despite the modern and more refined atmosphere, the place is one of the most comfortable. The rooms are great and well equipped. Ah, in addition to the restaurant and the rooms, you can also use the hotel’s sauna, spa and gym. The place is very complete and delicious to relax.
Another hotel with a heated outdoor pool! The landscape around Frost & Fire is very beautiful and you can still enjoy it while being warm inside the pool. The 22 rooms available at the hotel are relatively small, but very cozy! The hotel offers some activities to tourists, such as fishing, jeep tours and hiking. Even if the hotel is in a more remote area, you will have plenty to do if you decide to stay there for more than a day or two.
With 48 rooms, Hotel Husafell is surrounded by stunning scenery. There are 4 room options and you can choose which one you like best. The place is a great stopping point, both for those who want to relax and for people looking for adventure!
In the first case, you can rest in the hotel’s spa or enjoy the northern lights – if you’re lucky enough to go when they happen. If you prefer more hectic activities, the hotel offers mountain bike tours, region walks and even cave tours. There are options for all tastes 😉
The structure of Hotel Ranga is great and, in addition to very cozy rooms, the place has a great restaurant. The Rangá Restaurant uses fresh, seasonal ingredients – so the menu undergoes some seasonal changes. The location is perfect for those who want to get to know the southwest of the country, especially if you are leaving from Reikjavík!
The region that it is located is well away from centers and, for this reason, you can also see the northern lights from there. The hotel even has a service to call tourists if this incredible phenomenon of nature is happening. Those looking for comfort and good food will love this place.
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