Hotels in Iceland

In Iceland, hotels are only one of several options for overnight accommodations. Many visitors spend at least part of their time in smaller and more modest guesthouses, farm stays, or camping. Few of the major international chains can be found in Iceland, especially beyond Reykjavik, and the best hotels in Iceland tend to be uniquely individual properties. When the 101 Hotel in Reykjavik opened in 2003, it let the world know that Iceland hotels could be as bold and contemporary as any new property in Copenhagen or Stockholm. The interiors are striking in black and white and the décor doesn't compete for the guest's attention with the views of the harbor and old town. Among the best hotels in Iceland is not a conventional hotel at all, but the Blue Lagoon Clinic.

Only minutes from Reykjavik, it has all the amenities you'd come to expect from a luxury hotel, but with an only-in-Iceland perk—a ticket to the Blue Lagoon. Surrounded by volcanic rock, the geothermally heated lagoon is 104 degrees Fahrenheit year round.

Just over two hours from Reykjavík, this secluded inn on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula provides some of the most spectacular views in Iceland. A popular wedding destination, the hotel sits at the edge of a lava field, in full view of the Snaefellsjökull glacier and the Budir estuary.

Hotel Reykjahlid is set along the shore of Lake Myvatn, a birdwatcher's paradise that's riddled with curious volcanic features.

This geothermal lagoon just a short drive from Reykjavik claims healing powers in its mineral-rich waters. One of those only-in-Iceland destinations, the world-famous Blue Lagoon attracts 400,000 visitors annually to its warm, fluorescent-blue waters.

The new hotel in downtown’s 101 district features modern rooms (slate palette accented with red and chestnut brown) come with views of Mount Esja.

Steps from the National Cathedral and City Hall, this 1930's Art Deco hotel was restored to its original splendor in 2006. One of the city's historic landmarks, the 4-star property was commissioned in celebration of the anniversary of Iceland's Parliament.

Hotel Hellnar was the first hospitality venture in the country to be certified by Green Globe, the international sustainability certification system.

Modern, art-focused property with 38 rooms. Stop by the lobby bar for Austrian rum–spiked hot chocolate by the fireplace.