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Deciding what part of Iceland to visit may be tough. Iceland is unquestionably beautiful everywhere in the country. Whether you are driving the Ring Road (Route 1) around the country, or staying in the more southern area, Vik is the southernmost village and a quaint town to stay in.
Waterfalls, black sand beaches, and glaciers are typically what most people think of Iceland. If this is on your itinerary, finding accommodations in Vik is a must. I’d recommend spending a day or two in Vik and the greater area. This area is filled with different types of activities and hotels on a budget or to splurge on. Let’s break down these accommodations and the best hotels in Vik, Iceland.
Accommodations in Vik Iceland
It’s exciting to start to plan a trip and look at all of the different places to stay. For some, finding accommodations that are within a reasonable budget is a must. For others, finding that luxury hotel fulfills a trip.
Vik was one of my favorite places to stay. The natural beauty, oceanfront, and green hills made me never want to leave.
What Types of Accommodations Does Iceland Have?
Iceland has hotels, Airbnbs, campgrounds, Vrbos, and hostels. Most reviews and Reddit threads show Iceland as being an expensive country to visit. I would argue those viewpoints to a degree.
Any trip can be more expensive or budgeted if you are mindful about spending. When traveling, most tourists stop in cities and more populated areas. These cities are usually more expensive due to the nature of the city…being a city. Traveling in the United States is the same, if you go to New York, Seattle, or Austin, it will be more expensive.
5 Budget Hotels in Vik Iceland
This post breaks up accommodations into 5 budget-friendly and 5 luxury stays. Keep in mind that different times of the year may also influence prices. June-August is typically the busiest due to the midnight sun and moderate climate.
Now let’s dive into the 5 budget hotels in Vik, Iceland!
1. The Barn
Type of Accommodation: Hostel
The Barn is located in a perfect location in Vik. Only a couple miles from the black sand beaches, other villages, cliffs, and puffins. The average rating for this hostel is 9.3 by customers due to the facility, staff friendliness, free wifi, cleanliness, and comfort. The Barn is one of the most beautiful hostels with eclectic designs and a vibey bar. This hostel will change your views of hostels completely with how modern and comfortable it is.
Type of Accommodation: Cottage
This family-ran cottage offers basic bedrooms with a space to work. Need to work while traveling? Guesthouse Reynir offers high-speed WIFI and workspace. The family that runs this cottage is exceptionally kind and helpful if any questions or concerns arise. Each room has a kitchenette and a seating area.
Type of Accommodation: Campground
We rented a van from Happy Campers during one of our trips and stayed at the Thakgil campground for a couple of nights. This was one of the most epic places I have ever camped in Iceland (and in general). The location is jaw-dropping and the facilities are clean. This family-friendly atmosphere is a great spot. We met a lot of fascinating people from all over the world at this campground.
4. Kósý Vík
Type of Accommodation: Guesthouse
Want to avoid the chaos that hotels can bring? This cozy and clean accommodation in Vik is in the heart of the town. There are tea and coffee makers in all of the rooms, guests have their entrance to the property, and they have a delicious breakfast that is delivered to the room if ordered.
Type of Accommodation: Hotel
This hotel has amazing ocean views in the public areas and even in some rooms. This hotel may be modern, however, the restaurant serves traditional Icelandic food and beer. A breathtaking stay in Vik, with a staff that can also assist in scheduling snowmobile tours on profound glaciers if that is of interest.
In conclusion, opting for budget hotels in Vik, Iceland offers travelers an economical choice without compromising on the essence of their Icelandic experience. These accommodations provide a comfortable base for exploring the breathtaking landscapes and attractions that Vik has to offer. All while allowing visitors to allocate their resources wisely.
With an array of budget-friendly options available, travelers can enjoy the charm of Vik while ensuring a cost-effective stay, making the most of their Icelandic adventure without breaking the bank.
5 Luxury Hotels in Vik Iceland
Type of Accommodation: Hotel
For those who love to work out on vacation (yes, people do this) this hotel includes a fitness center for you to get your sweat on. Hotel Vik i Mydral has an included breakfast and a restaurant on site. A wonderful accommodation for those traveling with family members who want to be centrally located within Vik. If you visit in the Summer or Spring, you will get to experience the lupine meadows in front of the hotel.
Type of Accommodation: Apartment
This clean and modern rental is said to be a “dynamite” location in Vik, Iceland. If you are staying a while in Vik, this is a known perfect spot with laundry included and a well-equipped kitchen and other personal items. The Vik Apartments are a perfect spot for a family or larger group. There is a supermarket across the street to grab some food to cook or snackies.
3. Hotel Kria
Type of Accommodation: Hotel
Cozy rooms with an oversized tub and delightful interior. The hotel has a delicious breakfast and a centered location in Vik. Many tourists visit the red and white church in Vik which is surrounded by lupine flowers, ocean views, and stunning cliffs. Each person who has stayed at Hotel Kria has left a review that has included a recommendation to multiple friends and family members to stay here.
Type of Accommodation: Apartment
Ocean views, free parking on site, and an outside terrace are all included with this stay. If you like to cook while on vacation, these apartments also come with a kitchen, fridge, and a coffee maker (aka a necessity if you ask me). A very popular apartment stay for those who love to ski or golf. This is a common getaway accommodation for couples.
5. Romantic Yurt/Dome Getaway (outside of Vik)
Type of Accommodation: Dome/Yurt
An intimate and secluded getaway for you and your partner. Not your typical hotel, hostel, or campground so if you are looking for something unique with beautiful views of beaches, this is your place. This cozy dome comes with lots of pillows and blankets to keep you warm on cooler nights or if you want to snuggle up on the patio with a book. A wonderful place to capture unforgettable moments of the Northern Lights.
Indulging in luxury stays in Vik offers a blend of unparalleled comfort and awe-inspiring natural beauty. Nestled amidst the notable landscapes of black sand beaches, dramatic cliffs, and the iconic Reynisfjara basalt columns.
Whether it’s the enchanting Northern Lights dancing across the night sky or the mesmerizing views of the North Atlantic Ocean, a luxury stay in Vik promises an unforgettable experience.
Best Resaraunts in Vik
I will be honest, when I planned my trip to Iceland I wasn’t exactly thinking of the food. Destinations like Italy, Thailand, Mexico, and other foodie countries typically have some excitement about food. Iceland was not on that list for me.
Iceland proved me wrong.
I had the best soup I have ever had at The Soup Company (with vegan and gluten-free options available).
I had some of the best macaroons from Artic Macarons (sold at The Soup Company and Black Crust Pizzeria). These flavors weren’t the normal ones I was used to, and I am glad that they were more unique!
Gluten-free friends, I know you understand the struggle to find tasty pizza. Look no further if you visit Black Crust Pizzeria. Not only does this restaurant have delicious gluten-free pizza, but they also have vegan options too. The variety of pizzas will not disappoint.
Visiting more areas than just Vik, Iceland? Are you gluten-free?
Check out my other post: 5 Delicious Gluten-Free Options in Iceland
Is Iceland Worth Visting?
Iceland may be more expensive compared to some other destinations. However, while you are visiting Iceland, you will find the unique experiences and natural wonders well worth the visit.
Personal preferences and interests play a significant role in choosing destinations and activities. Consider what aspects of Iceland’s offerings align with your travel preferences.
Pictures of Iceland don’t do it justice, below is another article on why Iceland is worth visiting.
What Currency Does Iceland Use?
When booking accommodations or tours out of the country, please don’t make the mistake I have. I have been stunned by how cheap…or how pricy certain tours, hotels, etc. are…to realize I am looking in an entirely other currency.
Iceland uses the Icelandic Króna (ISK) as its official currency. The currency code for the Icelandic Króna is ISK, and it is often symbolized as “kr.” Exchange rates may fluctuate, so it’s a good idea to check for the latest rates if you plan on exchanging currency for your visit to Iceland.
Best Time to Visit Iceland
The best time depends on your preferences and the activities that you want to pursue. Here are some considerations for different seasons:
Summer (June to August)
⭐ Midnight Sun
⭐ Accessible Highlands
⭐ Warmer Weather
Fall (September to October)
⭐ Fewer Tourists
⭐ Northern Lights
⭐ Fall Colors
Winter (November to March)
⭐ Less Crowded
⭐ Winter Activities/Sports
⭐ Northern Lights
Spring (April to May)
⭐ Observing Wildlife
⭐ Milder Weather
Iceland’s weather can be unpredictable. With that being said, check weather conditions and road conditions before and/or during your trip. Each season offers a different type of experience and if you can’t decide which season to go, you can always go back again. 😜
Traveling Around Iceland
🇮🇸 Public Transportation: Iceland has a public bus system that will connect different towns and cities. This is beneficial for those who don’t want to drive or might not be able to. Before you travel, double-check if these routes will get you to the destinations you want. Some of the schedules can vary, especially in more remote areas so check those out beforehand.
🇮🇸 Car Rental: The most popular way to explore Iceland. The country has well-maintained roads and having a car provides flexibility to visit remote areas and enjoy the scenic landscapes at your own pace. Depending on the time of the year, some areas will require a 4WD vehicle.
🇮🇸 Guided Tours: Not typically a way to think about transportation, but guided tours are a phenomenal way to discover more of Iceland and have fun at the same time. There are tours for specific activities such as glacier hiking, whale watching, and Northern Lights excursions. Group tours can provide insights from knowledgeable guides.
🇮🇸 Camper Van: A great way to knock off a way to scoot around Iceland with the luxury of having your accommodations at the same time. My favorite way to explore different areas and have ultimate flexibility is to camp in different areas.
Best Hotels in Vik, Iceland Wrapped Up
In Vik visitors can find a range of accommodation options, catering to different preferences and budgets. For budget-friendly choices, there are guesthouses and smaller hotels that offer comfortable stays without breaking the bank. These options often provide a cozy atmosphere and essential amenities, making them suitable for travelers on a budget.
On the other hand, for those seeking a more luxurious experience, there are top-notch hotels and resorts in and around Vik. These upscale accommodations boast stunning views of Iceland’s natural wonders, providing a blend of luxury and tranquility.
Now that you have got a (hopefully) better grasp on where you would like to stay in Vik. Time to make those memorable experiences!
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