Where to Stay in Iceland – Best Hotels for all Budgets
Iceland is a trending travel spot right now and with all the country has to offer it’s no wonder! Winter months bring an ideal location to spot the Northern Lights and during summer month you can explore the gorgeous green countryside and black sand beaches.
Iceland can be pricey but there are ways to travel for all budget types. Whether you like the city or the countryside, prefer luxury or just need somewhere more simple to sleep at night there is a wide range of options to choose from!
Luxury Hotels in Iceland
Hotel Ranga in Hella
Hotel Ranga is about 1 ½ hour from Reykjavik this is an option in Southern Iceland for those who are looking to spend more time in nature.
If you’re visiting to stargaze, see the Northern lights or spend time doing outdoor activities this is the place for you. With the best of both worlds you have access to the beautiful outdoors without having to rough-it.
Renowned for their stargazing they actually have a mini observatory on site! Only 150 meters from the hotel you can enjoy spectacular views from their telescopes.
Hotel Budir in Ólafsvík
This 5-star option lies about 2 ½ hours north of Reykjavik in the beautiful coastal countryside. All rooms have a lovely view of whether it’s of the ocean, mountains, glacier or lava field.
Their 5-star restaurant is all locally sourced fresh foods and their rooms have a traditional style so you truly feel immersed in Icelandic culture. Enjoy your outdoor excursions and beautiful night skies without sacrificing any luxuries.
They will assist you in booking excursions as well as provide a wake-up call during the night if the northern lights appear!
Tower Suites Reykjavik
The most lux option for staying in Reykjavik! Known to house celebrities on vacation and have some of the best views from their high levels rooms this is the perfect option if you like to stay in luxury on your travels.
The location is right on the waterfront but still walking distance to the center of town. They have organic breakfast complimentary each morning and their amazing concierge service will help get you dinner reservations at all the best spots in town!
If you are planning to drive throughout Iceland and explore other areas of the country on your trip I would recommend the Kea Hotels Chain as a good luxury option which has several properties spread throughout Iceland.
Boutique/Unique Luxury option
The famous Blue Lagoon of Iceland! Chances are you will be visiting here on your trip so why not stay here?
If the Blue Lagoon is on your Iceland itinerary, then Hotel Silica is a great choice. Hotel Silica has their own private thermal pool “Silica Lagoon” for their guests with a poolside waiter. Your stay also includes a complimentary premium admission to Blue Lagoon (only a short walk from Silica Lagoon), fitness center and daily breakfast. This is the best way to experience the thermal pools of Iceland hands down.
Mid-Range Hotels in Iceland
Reykjavik Centrum in Reykjavik
Just like the name suggests this is right in central Reykjavik! This is the perfect location to just walk around and explore.
The rooms are simple standard hotel rooms but it’s all about location here. Lovely spot downtown, cobblestone street with plenty of dining options as well and nearby the hop-on and hop-off bus stop. The hotel itself also houses their own bar and café for those nights when you feel like taking it easy or staying in.
Radisson Blu 1919 in Reykjavik
The Radisson Blu is also located in central Reykjavik with their restaurant 1919 on-site serving locally sourced foods this is another great option for travelers looking for a mid-range option with walking distance sights, shops, and restaurants.
Close to the national art gallery and old harbor. They have a fitness center on the property if you like to keep in shape while traveling! They also have a convenient app that displays hotel specials as well as must-see nearby spots.
Hotel Laxnes in Mosfellsbaer
Their motto is “Enjoy the Best of Both Worlds” located only about 20 minutes from Reykjavik you are close enough to enjoy but also far enough to have some more seclusion, quiet and better viewing for night skies.
They have an outdoor hot tub perfect for relaxing under the night sky and free parking on site making it a good starting point for an Iceland road trip. They serve breakfast daily and have a bar on property as well.
Laxnes also offers their own day tours to explore the area as well as night tours to go out and hunt for the Northern lights.
If you are planning to drive throughout Iceland and explore other areas of the country on your trip I would recommend the Iceland Air Hotels Chain as a good mid-range option which has several properties spread throughout Iceland.
Ion Adventure Hotel in Nesjavellir
This property is perched about 1 hour east of Reykjavik this is a stunning and uniquely designed hotel.
Even the drive there will have some beautiful scenery to enjoy along the way. This is a great spot to enjoy the beauties of nature and the northern lights if you go over winter season.
The hotel is done in a modern design and they have a delicious restaurant too. It’s the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors and seclusion of Iceland without being terrible far of a drive from Reykjavik making it a nice stop after spending some time in the city.
They also have a lovely spa on site where you can enjoy facials and massages using Icelandic herbs.
5 Million Star Hotel – Buubble Stays
Known as the “5 Million Star Hotel” Buubble is a unique inflatable igloo style accommodation places in the great outdoors.
This gives you an amazing view or the night skies during winter you can lay under the Northern lights with completely unobstructed views watching from bed, or in the summer under a star filled sky.
These are set up as a single night stay at the end of a full day tour (either Golden Circle or Southern Coast). What an amazing and fun way to spend the night after a day of visiting gorgeous sights in Iceland!
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Budget Hotels in Iceland
Hotel Fron in Reykjavík
This is a great central option for budget travelers. Reasonable pricing without sacrificing a good walkable location!
They are simple apartment style lodging rooms with a daily breakfast served and fee wifi. They also have a Scandinavian restaurant and bar on site as well as parking available which is perfect if you plan to take a road trip and continue exploring the country after Reykjavik.
Arctic Comfort Vik in Reykjavík
This option is a little farther- just outside of Reykjavik but only a 5-minute walk to the bus stop for easy transportation in and out of the city.
Walkable distance to several restaurants and a food market as well. Artic Comfort Vik also has free parking , free wifi and a daily breakfast buffet making it convenient and having all the necessities available.
The best way to see Iceland outside of Reykjavik on a budget is camping. Kuku Campers is an awesome option offering campers (so you don’t need to completely rough it) and you can explore the country freely.
They also provide their own hand-drawn maps so you can see where you need to stop on your way around Iceland! Perfect pairing with is a “Camping Card Iceland” this is a card that gives you entry and access to tons of campgrounds throughout the country so you can stop and relax at night and have showers etc. all available to you.
It is very popular to travel this way in Iceland and you’ll meet plenty of fellow travelers along the way enjoying the gorgeous nature Iceland has to offer!
Hope, this post has helped you find the perfect accommodations for your trip to Iceland! Have a wonderful time in this unique place!
About the Author
Cassandra is a US-female travel addict who loves traveling the world and works for a tour operator. She is a freelance writer for Arzo Travels where she shares her expertise.