Accommodation in Iceland

As request by one of our family members, this post is solely dedicated to share the airbnb and one hotel we stayed while we were in Iceland. Contrary to what I have heard, I realised that Iceland isn’t as expensive as popular belief. All our accommodation was chosen as private apartment on airbnb and all our accommodation didn’t exceed S$250 per night.

  • Since there’s only one road (Ring Road) that runs around Iceland and the road is really a circle, we took our journey anti-clockwise so do take this into consideration.
  • The name of the accommodation above the pictures are links, so you can head over to book them if you like what you see. Do note that the we book mostly in May/June for our trip in October – this may be reflective of the price we managed to secure.
  • Because eating out is expensive, I have indicated breakfast/kitchen for those apartments which came with one.

Night 1

Comfort 4U in Keflavik B&B S$150 includes breakfast

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We arrived in around 3pm in Iceland and decided to take it slow. Main agenda was to orientate ourselves; read – change money, get simcard and alcohol from the airport. We stayed near the airport as we were planning on getting up real early to be at The Blue Lagoon by 8am. Guðný was really thoughtful and prepared a small cake as we told her we are on honeymoon. Charles really loved this place.

Night 2

Hotel Gullfoss S$220 includes breakfast

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After spending the morning at The Blue Lagoon, checking out the Geyser, Strokkur and Gullfoss Waterfall, we were glad our stay that night was only a 5-minutes drive from Gullfoss Waterfall. As the hotel was rather out of nowhere, we saw faint streaks of Northern Lights that night too!

Night 3

Björk Guesthouse S$217 includes breakfast

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We headed to Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss Waterfall, followed by Reynisfjara Beach. Before arriving at Bjork Guesthouse, we stopped along the road to take pictures of Eyjafjallajökull Glacier and the Lava Field. I absolutely love the design and style of this place. It was the only airbnb we stayed in which we didn’t have the whole place to ourselves but I wasn’t complaining at all! Our room was at the basement so the second picture is of the “living area” at the basement. I had wild thoughts about how a werewolf would appear out of nowhere as I felt like living a scene out of Twilight 😀 The room has a private toilet and shower.

Night 4 

Future “red” house S$226 (sleeps 4 rather than 2!) with kitchen

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The owner of Björk Guesthouse, Valtur, told us we must go to Laki so we took a 10 minutes drive there. Thereafter, we went according to plan and went to Foss a Sidu, Dverghamrar, Skeidararsandur, Skaftafellsjokull & Svinafellsjokull Glacier and finally to the Ice Diamond of Breiðamerkursandur. We booked this airbnb for a family of 4 but they gave us another smaller apartment (which was still almost too big for both of us as you can see in this picture).

Night 5 

Báran, Studio by the sea S$225 with kitchen

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The most uneventful day of our trip mostly because of the weather. We were supposed to check out the little villages at East Fjord but the wind and rain killed it. We ended up just driving through the villages, stopped by the supermarket and drove through some thick fog to make it to our stay for the night. It was a first for us to be staying next to a scrapyard and also to look out of out window to see clouds above the lake!

Night 6

Litla Stella by Lake Myvatn S$120 with kitchen

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Day 6 brought us to the gorgeous Dettifoss Waterfall and the Hverir geothermal area. This cosy airbnb also came with a bathtub but we didn’t use it as other guests were using it. We drove out to chase the Northern Lights and were finally rewarded with a spectacular view of it.

Night 7 & 8

New small houses – great view! nr 3 S$250 per night with kitchen

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This was the most expensive airbnb we stayed throughout the trip and we stayed for 2 nights. It’s about 8 minutes drive to Akureyri.  We stayed in the house with the white car parked next to it. According to the guestbook, whales can be seen from the lake! Needless to say, I didn’t have to patience to wait for the whales to appear 🙂 We also saw some streaks of the Northern Lights while we were here.

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Before arriving at Akureyri, we went to Pseudocraters of Skutustadir, Grjotagja cave, Dimmuborgir National Park and up the Hverfjall crater. Because the weather was turning bad again on Day 8, we kept our activities to checking out the town of Akureyi and heading to the beautiful Godafoss waterfall.

Night 9

Sunny Street apartment in KEF S$184 with kitchen
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We spent most of our time on the road as we had to travel from Akureyi back to Reykjavik that day.  The weather continued to be bad with winds going at 120km/h. We could barely stay out for more than 10 minutes each time. We found place near the airport as we had an early morning flight to catch. The apartment is perfect for a family and I was really impressed at how well-stocked the kitchen was.

 

This sums up our Iceland accommodation! If you like to start planning that road trip to Iceland, do check out Iceland – The Cheatsheet
xxx

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