10 unique hotels in Iceland

Best places to sleep in Iceland

Are you going to Iceland, the land of ice and fire? We were in Iceland this winter and we loved it. You will find the coolest hotels in Iceland, they are located in unique locations. We looked up the 10 most unique places to stay in Iceland for you.

Some hotels also offer unique activities such as horseback riding, the northern lights, etc… Is there an ice hotel in Iceland? Unfortunately not, the problem is the lack of frozen water which is accessible.

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Below we have listed 10 unique hotels in Iceland.

If you are planning to stay in Iceland for one week, make sure to check out our guide to the best Iceland itinerary for 7 days in Iceland. We also have a 10-day itinerary for Iceland, including the ring road.

The Ranga Hotel

This is one of the best places to stay in Iceland. The Ranga Hotel is located in the south Icelandic countryside where most places of interest are. It is a 4-star resort with 52 rooms, a bar, and an amazing riverside restaurant with fantastic views.

Bonus is the observatory where you can watch the stars and northern lights. On clear nights, you will be able to spot some constellations and planets. If you are lucky, you might even be able to watch the Northern Lights in one of their geothermally heated hot tubs.

Click here to see the prices and availability of the Ranga Hotel.

Ranga hotel Iceland

HOTEL ELDHESTAR, For horse lovers

If you like horse riding in Iceland, this hotel is one of the best places to stay in Iceland. It is an eco-friendly hotel, which is a 30 minutes drive from Reykjavik, located in the town of Ölfus.

It also offers free use of an outdoor wooden hot tub.

Click here to see the prices and the availability of Hotel Eldhestar here.

Hotel Eldhestar in Iceland

Fosshotel Vatnajökull

Located next to the Icelandic ring road is this Fosshotel Vatnajokull. The hotel features views of Europe’s largest glacier, the Vatnajökull. It has heated rooms with TV and private bathrooms. The Hofn Airport is only 5km away.

Most activities at the Fosshotel Vatnajökull range from glacier tours to boat trips on the Jokulsarlon lagoon. They also offer hiking trips to Skaftafell National Park.

The in-house restaurant has splendid panoramic views.

Click here to see the prices and availability of the Fosshotel Vatnajökull.

Fosshotel Vatnajokull in Iceland


This is one of the best boutique hotels in Iceland. The ION Adventure hotel is situated on Mount Hengill, 18 km from Thingvellir National Park. Reykjavík city center is within 45 45-minute drive from the hotel.

ION Adventure Hotel in Iceland is an unforgettable experience. Watching the Northern Lights, a challenging trek across a glacier, or a day of fishing in icy rivers. 

Click here to see the prices and availability of the ION adventure hotel.

Ion Adventure hotel Iceland


Camp Boutique – Original North is situated in the countryside close to Húsavík (23km). It provides accommodation with free WiFi access and a garden.

The place is magical. Enjoy the silence of nature… and go hiking in the valley of the Skjálfandafljót river.

Check the prices and the availability of Camp Boutique here.

Camp Boutique in Iceland

Hilton Reykjavik Nordica

In the center of Reykjavik, we find this fantastic hotel. The Hilton Reykjavik Nordica is one of the best hotels in Iceland.

It is located in Reykjavik’s business district, and offers a 5-star gourmet restaurant. Many rooms offer views of the Akrafjall and Esja Mountains.

The in-house Vox Restaurant specializes in Icelandic and Scandinavian cuisine. All guests enjoy free gym access.

Check the prices and availability of Hilton Reykjavik here.

Hilton Nordica in Iceland


This hotel is probably the lover of all Star Wars fans. It all looks very futuristic in the Galaxy Pod Hostel. The hotel is located in the center of Reykjavik.


The lighting is adjustable, and the sleeping capsules also include a personal safe deposit box. And of course a curtain for privacy.

Click here to see the prices and availability of the Galaxy Pod Hostel hotel.

Galaxy pods in Iceland


Décor and furnishings in Hotel Viking’s guest rooms are inspired by Iceland’s history and culture.  A Viking feast can be enjoyed in the beautiful Viking restaurant. 

You can probably guess what theme this hotel has. Yes… Vikings! This hotel is one of the cool places to stay in Iceland. The Viking Hotel is located in the seaside town of Hafnarfjordur which is close to Reykjavik.

If you’re planning to go in winter in Iceland you need to check our article about what to wear in Iceland in winter.

Click here to see the prices and the availability of the Viking Hotel

Hotel Viking in Iceland

Hotel Djúpavík: for art lovers

If you are visiting the Westfjords in Iceland this hotel might be the perfect spot for you. You can find the hotel on one of the most stunning bays of the Westfjords. Hotel Djupavik is designed for art lovers and is full of surprises.

The Factory Art Exhibition is held each summer. Local and international artists show their latest artwork.

Djúpavík is very remote and one of the least populated areas in Iceland.

Check the prices and availability of Hotel Djupavik here.

Hotel Djupavik in Iceland


Our last hotel is one of the best hotels in Iceland for the northern lights. The Frost and Fire Hotel is located in one of South Iceland’s most stunning natural settings and is only 30 minutes from Reykjavík.

It is also known for geothermal bathing in Iceland’s hot spring capital.

Check the prices and availability of the Frost and Fire Hotel here.

Frost and fire hotel in Iceland

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