Iceland easily conjures up romantic notions of remote landscapes covered in snow in winter or steaming underground pools surrounded by cave formations. Whatever your romantic fantasy, Iceland has many great options as a honeymoon accommodation, from quaint countryside boutique hotels to modern downtown hotels of historical significance. Also, check out the newly opened Buuble hotel, perfect for Northern Lights and stargazing.
Located on the Snæfelsness peninsula in West Iceland about a two-hour drive from Reykjavik, this remote luxury hotel in a beautiful landscape offers an atmosphere of relaxed elegance and is definitely Iceland’s most iconic country hotel. The hotel restaurant is one of Iceland’s best, with ingredients sourced from local farms and fishermen. This is also the perfect place from which to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights, as its remote location means there is less light pollution. Each room has a view of the varied surrounding landscape of ocean, Snaefellsjokull glacier, the mountains, the lava field, or the iconic black church in the field nearby. The hotel lounge has a beautiful visual display of the hotel’s history and artist’s renderings of Icelandic fairytales.
This boutique hotel located in downtown Reykjavik offers the best of contemporary design and minimalist couture. With stark furniture and a color scheme of black, white, and grays, the dimly lit corridors are relaxing and inviting, contrasting with the bright rooms available. Enjoy the restaurant, lounge, and bar on the ground floor and don’t forget to look up at the white baubled wall through the glass ceiling. Other contemporary art fills the hotel gallery, while in the basement, you can find a jacuzzi and geothermally heated steam room.
This log-built hotel is next to the river Ytri-Rangá and is popular for salmon fishing. The only four-star hotel in Southern Iceland, it is only an hour’s drive from Reykjavik. The warm interior exudes the relaxing comfort of an alpine lodge. The rooms are hung with paintings of Icelandic nature and wildlife by local artists. Greeting you at the entrance lobby is the taxidermied polar bear Hrammur. Hotel Rangá has an excellent restaurant next to the river, a lounge, a stargazing observatory, and bar, as well as outdoor geothermally heated hot tubs where it is great to catch the Northern Lights, which would be very bright because of the remote location.
Hotel Borg is located downtown overlooking Austurvöllur square. The building was built by Jóhannes Jósefsson, who, after competing in the 1908 Olympics and traveling with Barnum and Baileys circus as a strongman in America, returned to Iceland in 1927 with the dream to build a luxury hotel, which would be the first of its kind at the time in Reykjavik. The hotel still maintains its original Art Deco ambiance, especially in the lounge area. Enjoy excellent cocktails at the bar or the vintage yet modern Borg restaurant operated by the award-winning local chef, Volundur Volundarson.
| Courtesy of Sigló Hotel | Courtesy of Sigló Hotel
Sigló Hotel is located in the fishing village of Siglufjörður in Northern Iceland, which was once dubbed the Herring capital of the world. Once a very isolated place as the mountain pass reaching the village was not opened until 1967, people used to arrive and depart by boat. Recently opened, this picturesque village hotel has a dock entrance right next to the harbor. With a small fishing village charm, the hotel is quite modern and spacious. Enjoy the ocean and mountain views offered from every hotel room. The lobby and rooms are decorated with historical pictures from Siglufjords Photo Museum.
This iconic, tasteful hotel is housed in one of Reykjavík oldest buildings from 1917. The five-story building which used to house the apothecary—from which the hotel takes its name—is located downtown in Austurvöllur square diagonal to the Icelandic parliament. Enjoy the excellent Apotek restaurant and the sleek hotel bar on the ground floor. The luxury rooms offer a modern yet classic design that matches the hotel’s exterior.
Located in Hvalfjörður (whale fjord) and less than an hour’s drive from Reykjavik, this remote hotel situated on a hillside offers beautiful views of the fjord. Enjoy the outdoor geothermal hot tub which is a great place for viewing the Northern Lights. The interior is decorated with bright artistic objects from local artists, including carvings, ceramics, and rugs. Enjoy the homely restaurant inside. This is a great base for exploring local waterfalls and hiking paths.
Housed in an Art Deco style building that was formerly the Norwegian Embassy, Reykjavik Residence Hotel has a great location on a street that is developing into a popular cultural highlight with new restaurants, cafés, and shops. The large building in which it is set evokes old-style elegance and charm. The rooms are all spacious, well furnished, and have small kitchens. Downtown Reykjavik is just a few steps away as well as a local art house cinema, Bioparadis.