South Iceland: Places to Stay

South Iceland: Places to Stay

04.10.2018 | Camille Beuvard

South of Iceland is renowned for its beauty, and its abundance in natural wonders and lesser-known but equally beautiful hidden gems. That means long hours of driving ahead. You don’t want to leave accommodation to chance but rather have the guarantee of a comfortable home to rest at after a packed day of sightseeing. For a complete insight of the region, we recommend you spend at least two nights in the region. We have prepared for you a selection of accommodation from warm and chic to Icelandic rustic, from West to East, starting from 96€ per night.

With over 180 carefully selected accommodations around the country each with a unique experience to offer, we at Hey Iceland want to help you find the perfect place to stay during your time in Iceland. In South Iceland, we offer cosy bed and breakfasts, guesthouses, hostels and charming farm cottages, where you can get a first-hand experience at Icelandic farming. Staying in a Hey Iceland accommodation is a unique experience that allows you to discover the real Iceland in its rugged beauty. Our hosts will take good care of you and make you feel right at home!

Austurey Cottages near Laugarvatn

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Larus and Magndís offer accommodation in brand new cottages whose design has been optimized for privacy and infinite views. Conveniently located by Lake Apavatn, Austurey cottages are the perfect gateway to the numerous natural wonders in the region, starting with the Golden Circle. The cottages overlook the powerful Hekla volcano and its famous counterpart Eyjafjallajökull while in Winter, the large bay windows ensure you a cosy night gazing at northern lights, all from the sofa! Guests are welcome to visit the on-site sheep shed and try their hand at fishing at the nearby lake, home to rich fishing grounds and thriving birdlife.

Icelandic Cottages by Hraunmörk

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Rósa welcomes you in four cottages in Floahreppur, 15 kilometers from Selfoss village, an ideal stop on your Southern adventure. Although the houses are built on the same plan, each chalet has its peculiar theme and atmosphere, from fully modern and home-like, to neo-rustic and Nordic-inspired. Not only the chalets are wonderfully outfitted, but they also provide relaxing views over the surroundings, for an appreciated break from the crowds and endless hiking opportunities just a stone throw’s away. Travelling by your own, with your half or friends, or with your family? You just found your home away from home.

Mýri - Stay for a Tree

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Time to contribute to the environment and help fight climate change! In addition to its activities as a horse farm, Mýri has this wonderful and oh! so needed concept of planting a tree for every night you stay. Accommodation is in two new studio apartments that can host up to four people. The guesthouse is set in idyllic setting, in the peaceful countryside of South Iceland, only 4 kilometers South from Selfoss, where are all additional services you may need. Marvel at the most beautiful sunset you could dream of and wake up to the sight of snowy mountains and horses grazing free just nearby.

Hotel Vos near Hella

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Hotel Vos is a small and cosy family-run country hotel in located in Þykkvibær, whose customized service and stunning scenery make for an unforgettable stay. Hotel Vos is away enough from the Ring Road to make you experience the countryside tranquillity and charm, yet only a short distance from Hella. The hotel restaurant offers a variety of delicious top-notch dishes, with an emphasis on locally-sourced produce. You might also want to soak in the outdoor hot tub, a delight after a day of walking and exploring, and a good place to be as the sun sets. A wide range of activities are available all year in the hotel vicinity, including glacier walks, horseback riding tours, boat excursions, and super jeep adventures.

Dægra Cottages near Hvolsvöllur

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Near the town of Hvolsvöllur, only a short drive from the best South Iceland coastal sights, you will find Dægra cottages, two cosy houses located on a small working farm with sheep and horses. Small but nicely equipped, these picturesque cottages will in all senses make you feel comfortable should you choose to spend a night there. Nature lovers are spoilt with choice with outdoor activities in the area, and panoramic views over Hekla, Eyjafjallajökull and the Westman Islands. Far from light pollution, this a place of choice when the skies turn green at night. Your perfect romantic getaway.

Hotel Selja

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Located in the middle of untouched nature, Hotel Selja offers 12 spacious and cozy rooms. Alex, geologist and guide by training, has made his dream of running his own hotel come true. Alex and his family welcome you at their hotel, whose rooms provide incredible views over Eyjafjallajökull and Katla, Þórsmörk Valley, Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, and Westman Islands, no less! We say that quite plainly: you will want to stay there more than one night!

Hunkubakkar Guesthouse

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6 kilometers West of Kirkjubæjarklaustur, Hunkubakkar is a working sheep farm offering accommodation in charming cottages, along with three bedrooms in the main farmhouse. Right at the guesthouse‘s doorstep are attractive tracks and scenic spots. In the main building is an excellent restaurant, where are served breakfast and dinner, of which we recommend the house‘s specialty: the tender grilled free range lamb you will ever eat. What do you say of a walk to the nearby waterfall and canyon after your meal? Hunkubakkar is a haven of peace on your way to Lakagígar Craters, Skaftafell National Park, Jökulsárlón and Fjallsárlón Glaciers Lagoons, and others!

Did you like this article? You might want to read our Hey Iceland guide to Places to Stay in North Iceland, and Places to Stay in East Iceland! See you soon!

Be sure to book your accommodation in South Iceland now, because they are selling out fast!

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