Hotels in Reykjavik offer incredible accommodations in a city nicknamed “Land of Fire and Ice”. Known for its nightlife, its music festivals, its museums, its cuisine and its puffins, Reykjavik is the northernmost capital city in the world. Reykjavik means “smoke cove”, “smokey bay” or “bay of smoke” in Old Norse. Over 60% of Iceland’s population lives in the city. Not far from Reykjavik, you may find some of the best geothermal spas in the world. Remember to pack some thermal clothing, and keep in mind that Iceland’s currency is the krona. While winter days can be filled with darkness for up to 20 hours, they are also the best time to get glimpses of the Northern Lights. Hotels in Reykjavik are truly incredible. Before we get to hotels in Reykjavik, let’s take a look at some background information on the area to help you along the way.
Dating back to around 870 AD, Reykjavík was established by the Norse settler Ingólfr Arnarson, who is said to have found favor in the area’s hot springs in order to keep warm during winter. King Frederik V of Denmark donated the estate of Reykjavik to the Innréttingar Corporation in 1752. In the 1750s, Reykjavik’s main industry was wool, with fisheries, Sulphur mining, shipbuilding and agriculture commencing shortly thereafter. Monopoly trading was abolished in 1786 and Reykjavik was one of six communities to receive from The Danish Crown an exclusive trading charter, to which is held onto permanently. Thereafter, free trade expanded, resulting in a broader Icelandic merchant influence. During the 19th century, Icelandic nationalism prompted the reestablishment of the Alþingi. On December 1, 1918 Iceland became a sovereign country, the Kingdom of Iceland, under the Crown of Denmark. During World War II, Reykjavík was occupied by allied forces, and The United States built Keflavík Airport, which still serves today as the country’s main point for international travel.
Reykjavík, located in southwestern Iceland, is the country’s capital and largest city. This Icelandic focal point sits on Faxaflói Bay, and has a population of about 130,000 people. A popular tourist destination, Reykjavík is one of the cleanest and safest cities in the world. The city’s climate is mild yet not extreme on the low-side, with the lowest temperature ever recorded at -3 degrees Fahrenheit. Summer temperatures average in the low 50s degrees Fahrenheit while winter temps average right around 32 degrees. Nightlife is lively in this city, with bars staying open until around 4:30 am on the weekends, and 1 am on the weekdays. Iceland’s drinking age is 20 years old. Points of interest include Austurvöllur, Harpa (concert hall), Kringlan, Laugardalslaug, Laugavegur,Perlan, The Settlement Exhibition, Reykjavik Art Museum, Safnahúsið, Tjörnin, University of Iceland and Reykjavik Maritime Museum. Popular foods include hangikjöt, or smoked lamb, fish, seafood, skyr, which is a cultured dairy product, kleinur, a type of fried dough, laufabrauð, a traditional bread eaten most often during Christmas and bollur, a pastry. Drinks include Iceland’s signature distilled beverage, Brennivín, or “Black Death”, which is a clear, unsweetened schnapps, vodka and Icelandic beer. Now that we have some background information, it’s time for hotels in Reykjavik that will help make for an unforgettable experience.
Reykjavik Residence Apartment Hotel boasts flat-screen TVs, free WiFi, modern kitchens facilities, soundproofing, tea and coffee makers, communal laundry facilities and a 24-hour front deak. BrewDog Reykjavik (bar & grill), Reykjavík Meat (restaurant), Vínberið (chocolate shop), Austur-Indíafélagið (Indian restaurant), Bíó Paradís (movie theater), Memoria Collective (tattoo shop) and more are in the area.
This location is 0.2 miles from Solfar Sun Voyager, 0.3 miles from The Offices of the Cabinet of Iceland and Hallgrímskirkja Church, 0.4 miles from The Parliament House, 0.5 miles from Reykjavík City Hall and Laugavegur Shopping Street, 0.6 miles from Hljomskalagardurinn and Reykjavik Old Harbour, 2.4 miles from Imagine Peace Tower, 3.4 miles from Smáralind Shopping Center and 23.4 miles from Reykjavík Keflavík Airport.
Solfar Sun Voyager
Canopy by Hilton features a fitness center, a bar, minimalist Icelandic designs, coffee machines, tiled bathrooms, desks, seating areas, free WiFi, a buffet breakfast and a restaurant. Near here are Canopy Coffee Bar, Le Bistro (French restaurant), Kaffibarinn (bar), Joe & the Juice (juice shop), Mink Viking Portrait (portrait studio), PUNK Restaurant, Mat Bar (restaurant), Barber shop Genti (barber shop), The Irishman Pub (Irish pub), Wake Up Reykjavík (tour operator) and more.
From here The Offices of the Cabinet of Iceland and Solfar Sun Voyager are 0.2 miles, The Parliament House and Hallgrímskirkja Church are 0.3 miles, Reykjavík City Hall is 0.4 miles, Laugavegur Shopping Street and National Museum of Iceland are 0.6 miles, The Pearl is 1.2 miles, Laugardalslaug Swimming Pool and Kringlan Shopping Mall are 1.5 miles and Reykjavík Keflavík Airport is 23.3 miles.
Approximate cost per night (king suite): $439
Cost per person (three people): $146
With a terrace, city views, a restaurant, flat-screen TVs, seating areas, kettles, bathrobes, hairdryers, a 24-hour front desk and free WiFi, Sand Hotel is found close to Reykjavik Residence Apartment Hotel.
You may find Hallgrímskirkja Church and Solfar Sun Voyager 0.2 miles, The Offices of the Cabinet of Iceland 0.3 miles, The Parliament House 0.4 miles, Laugavegur Shopping Street, Reykjavík City Hall and Hljomskalagardurinn 0.5 miles, Reykjavik Art Museum: Kjarvalsstadir 0.6 miles, Reykjavik Old Harbour and National Museum of Iceland 0.7 miles, Smáralind Shopping Center 3.3 miles and Reykjavík Keflavík Airport 23.4 miles from this locale.
Approximate cost per night (king suite): $1,503
Laugavegur Shopping Street
Featuring modern rooms, flat-screen TVs, free WiFi, hairdryers, private balconies, sea or city views, a gym, a sauna, bicycle rentals and a bar, Alda Hotel is near Brass Kitchen & Bar (restaurant), Barber (barber shop), Old Iceland (Icelandic restaurant), Ræktin (bar), Rakarastofa HERMAN Barbershop, Kaktus Espressobar (cafe), Reykjavík Chips (fast food restaurant), Rokk & Rómantík (clothing store) and more.
Hallgrímskirkja Church and Solfar Sun Voyager are 0.2 miles, Laugavegur Shopping Street is 0.3 miles, The Offices of the Cabinet of Iceland and Reykjavik Art Museum: Kjarvalsstadir are 0.5 miles, University of Iceland is 0.9 miles, Vesturbaejarlaug Swimming Pool and Kringlan Shopping Mall are 1.2 miles, Laugardalslaug Swimming Pool and Laugardalsholl Stadium are 1.3 miles and Reykjavík Keflavík Airport is 23.5 miles from this spot.
Approximate cost per night (king suite): $421
Svala Apartments provides sea views, free WiFi, free private parking, hardwood floors, fully-equipped kitchens, dining areas, flat-screen TVs, hairdryers, seating areas, patios and a terrace. Nearby are Irezumi Ink Iceland (tattoo shop), Hokus Pokus (costume store), Fjallraven (outdoor clothing store), Old Iceland (Icelandic restaurant), Stefan B. Chocolatier, Monako (casino), Penninn (book store), Mai Thai Market and more.
From this property Hallgrimskirkja Reykjavik and Reykjavik The Sun Voyager are 0.2 miles, Laugavegur Shopping Street is 0.3 miles, Reykjavik Art Museum: Kjarvalsstadir and The Offices of the Cabinet of Iceland are 0.5 miles, The Parliament House is 0.6 miles, Reykjavík City Hall and Hljomskalagardurinn are 0.7 miles, Reykjavik Old Harbour and National Museum of Iceland are 0.8 miles, Laugardalslaug Swimming Pool is 1.2 miles, Smáralind Shopping Center is 3.2 miles and Keflavík Airport is 23.5 miles.
Approximate cost per night (penthouse apartment): $267
Cost per person (four people): $67
Offering free WiFi, fully-equipped kitchens, free parking, flat-screen TVs, balconies and terraces, Old Charm Reykjavik Apartments is set close to Public House (gastropub), Scandinavian (restaurant), Vedur (bar), Kaldi Bar/Cafe, Cupcake Cafe, Smakkbarinn (restaurant), Reykjavik Record Shop, Mengi (art venue), Smekkleysa (record store), 12 Tonar (record store), Gjoska (clothing store), The Handknitting Association of Iceland, Fotografi (art gallery), Cafe Babalu, Krua Thai, Art Gallery 101, Bio Paradis (movie theater) and more.
Reykjavik The Sun Voyager is 0.2 miles, Hallgrímskirkja Church is 0.3 miles, Hljomskalagardurinn is 0.6 miles, Vesturbaejarlaug Swimming Pool is 1.1 miles, The Pearl is 1.2 miles, Imagine Peace Tower is 2.3 miles, Mount Esja is 14 miles and Keflavík Airport is 23.4 miles from here.
Approximate cost per night (three bedroom): $540
Cost per person (seven people): $78
Set behind Reykjavík Cathedral and dating back to 1900, Kvosin Downtown Hotel has modern rooms, free WiFi, Nespresso coffee machines, seating areas, flat-screen TVs, kitchenettes, dining areas, cooking hobs, a restaurant, a snack bar, a wine bar, a continental breakfast and cathedral, parliament and lake views. Klauster Bar, Bergsson (restaurant), Skolabru Restaurant, Gandhi Indian Restaurant, Icelandic Street Food, Messinn (seafood restaurant), The Secret Cellar (music & comedy club), Icelandic Craft Bar, Icelandic Deli, IDNO (cafe) and more are in the area.
This building is within feet of The Parliament House and Reykjavík Cathedral, 0.1 miles from Reykjavík City Hall and The Offices of the Cabinet of Iceland, 0.3 miles from Reykjavik Old Harbour, 0.4 miles from National Museum of Iceland and Hljomskalagardurinn, 3.7 miles from Elliðaár River, 21.1 miles from Bláfjöll Ski Lift and 23 miles from Keflavík Airport.
Approximate cost per night (executive suite): $814
Cost per person (six people): $136
Laugardalslaug Swimming Pool
With free WiFi, seating areas, flat-screen TVs, fully-equipped kitchens and hairdryers , Theater Row Apartments sits alongside Berg Contemporary (art gallery), Miami Bar, HYALIN (Deli), Pink Iceland (tour agency), Embassy of Denmark, Hurra (men’s clothing store), BrewDog (bar), Port 9 (wine bar), Early in the Morning (breakfast restaurant) and more.
You’ll find Solfar Sun Voyager and The Offices of the Cabinet of Iceland 0.2 miles, The Parliament House, Hallgrímskirkja Church and Reykjavík City Hall 0.4 miles, Laugardalslaug Swimming Pool and Kringlan Shopping Mall are 1.5 miles, Laugardalsholl Stadium is 1.6 miles, Imagine Peace Tower is 2.4 miles, Smáralind Shopping Center is 3.5 miles and Keflavík Airport is 23.4 miles from this locale.
Approximate cost per night (three bedroom): $452
Cost per person (eight people): $57
Planet Apartments has balconies, free WiFi, private parking, stylish and contemporary living areas, open-plans, city and mountain views, fully-equipped kitchens, allergy-free duvets, furnished balconies and dining areas. It’s near Steakhouse, Sægreifinn (restaurant), The Cinema (entertainment), Cafe haiti, Reykjavík Röst (coffee shop), Kopar (restaurant), Caruso Harbor (restaurant), Reykjavik by Boat (tour operator), The Harbor Restaurant, RIO Reykjavik (restaurant), DEIG Workshop (bakery), Forettaberinn (restaurant) and more.
Reykjavik Old Harbour is 0.1 miles, The Parliament House and Reykjavík City Hall are 0.3 miles, The Offices of the Cabinet of Iceland is 0.4 miles, Hljomskalagardurinn and University of Iceland are 0.7 miles, The Pearl is 1.7 miles, Laugardalslaug Swimming Pool is 2 miles, Kringlan Shopping Mall is 2.1 miles and Keflavík Airport is 23 miles from this property.
Approximate cost per night (penthouse apartment): $338
Cost per person (four people): $85
As you can see, hotels in Reykjavik hold their own when it comes to top Scandinavian accommodations. We hope you have found this information valuable and most importantly, that you enjoy your time in Iceland!