If you are on the budget train, I would recommend always picking somewhere to stay which has an oven & hobs. This will make it easier to cook cheap fresh nutritious meals. If you are only planning on staying somewhere one night during the winter months, try and pick an accommodation which offers free towel use. This will come in extremely handy as your towels definitely wont have time to dry. Nothing worse than trying to dry yourself with a damp icy towel.
Situated by the sea in Grindavik, 10minutes away from the Blue Lagoon & 27km from the airport. It is the perfect location to stay before flying from the International airport or for an adventurous evening chasing the Northern Lights. There is Free WIFI and a messy communal kitchen. The kitchen has half a dozen ovens & hobs, however, only one or two of them actually work. There are plenty of parking spaces right outside the building, which is great if you have a car. Check in was extremely simple, we didn’t see a single member of staff our whole stay, therefore would only recommend staying here towards the end of your trip. Local knowledge and advice is extremely useful. The large rooms had a minimal design & there are 4 good standard bathrooms and showers per floor.
Situated in the heart of the Golden Circle. It is the perfect location to spot the Northern lights on clear winter nights. There is Free WIFI, a shared lounge, bathroom and kitchen which has various cooking facilities including an access to seasonings, oven, hobs and fridge. To get to this location you will need to have access to a car, (preferably a 4×4) as it really is in the middle of nowhere. During your trip to Iceland I would strongly recommend staying here for a couple of nights. Thor owns the hostel and is a really cool, knowledgeable, funny, down to earth guy who also owns two dogs!! The rooms were small(ish) but warm and comfy, with amazing big windows.
Only negative is the showers didn’t have a lot of water pressure and turned lukewarm throughout the shower.
Situated 12km from the airport, it is perfect for late night landings, early morning take offs or Northern Light hunting. There is Free WIFI, a shared lounge, bathroom and kitchen, which has various cooking facilities including a dishwasher, microwave, fridge and oven. As it is in a residential area free parking isn’t an issue. Disa usually messages in advance to confirm your estimated arrival so she can be present.
During your trip to Iceland I would recommend staying in a homestay, its so homely and a freshing change from hostels. Disa can also recommend the best places to drive to see the Northern lights depending on the weather conditions. Local knowledge is an excellent tool which can increase your chances of spotting them. The room itself was pretty small, basic and homely. The bed was so comfy!!!! I had the best night sleep here of the whole trip! It was also home to the nicest bathroom and shower we visited the whole trip too!
Situated in the heart of Reykjavik. This family owned hostel is 100m from Reykjaviks main shopping street and 300m from Hallgrimskirkja Church. Perfect if you have rented a car as there is always a spot right in front of the building. The hostel village provides instructions in case you arrive outside of the reception opening hours. Once you enter the building the reception is rammed with tour leaflets and excursions brochure’s.
The workers are friendly and knowledgeable, however, they are only present at the hostel during specific hours of the day, which can sometimes be a huge inconvenience. Free WIFI and access to a kitchen block is also provided. Like many hostels, left over food is freely available to use, including tea and coffee. The rooms are okay value for money, clean & simply finished, split between two buildings. One next to the kitchen block & the other further down the road. Inside the rooms have a mini fridge, which is great to keep milk, yogurts and veg fresh. The bathroom facilities are also basic and shared, like most accommodation in Iceland the shower smells sulphurous but this shouldn’t put you off. Note this hostel does not have a washing machine.