Iceland’s raw beauty and pristine nature is nothing short of awe-inspiring. If this country is on your bucket list, then be sure to take a look at these amazing tips on where to stay in Iceland. Each one of them promises a totally unique experience, making what will already be an unforgettable trip the adventure of a lifetime!

Sometimes you’ve just got to get away from it all. Retreat to a beautiful corner of the earth, enjoy a day far from the hustle and bustle of city life… Well, that’s one of the many reasons why people flock to Iceland. Despite becoming an incredibly popular destination, it’s still so easy to escape the crowds and head off into the wilderness, where moody mountains are shrouded in mist and the rugged fields sprawl towards the horizon.

If you’ve been planning a holiday to Iceland but want to make it the trip of a life time, then be sure to check out this list of the most beautiful accommodation in Iceland I’ve spotted. Whether it’s a group holiday with your nearest and dearest or a romantic retreat for two, each of these properties offer high-end design, top locations and plenty of luxury to boot.

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Apartment in Reykjavik | Dream villa | Northern Lights hotelLakeside cabin | Luxury house

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Luxury design apartment in central Reykjavík

Once you’ve arrived in Iceland, it’s worth spending a few days in the capital before heading off on any big adventures. Reykjavík may be small, but this cosy city will charm your socks off and it’s a wonderful first introduction to the country. I stumbled upon this breathtaking apartment, situated right in the heart of the city just a stone’s throw away from the main shopping street of Laugavegur. You’ve got supermarkets close by for all of your self-catering needs, while all of the city’s best bars, restaurants and shops will be within easy reach. And on top of all that, the property is absolutely gorgeous! Incredibly stylish, it combines those minimalist, Scandi vibes with a few industrial touches. You’re guaranteed a brilliant time here.

The property can accommodate up to 4 guests and comes with two bedrooms, one bathroom and an open kitchen-dining area.

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Stylish villa in northeast Iceland

Iceland is a great place to be if you want to really get away from it all. Once you start heading away from the capital, things start becoming so rural that you might be driving for half an hour before you encounter another human being. This awe-inspiring villa is the place to be if its peace and quiet you need. Despite being situated close to Akureyri, Iceland’s second-largest city, you’d almost feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere. The villa offers unobstructed views of the rugged mountain peaks that line the valley, while at night you’ll be able to see the cosy lights of Akureyri twinkling in the distance.

The villa provides enough space for up to 4 guests spread over 2 bedrooms. There’s also a living room a kitchen and a bathroom.

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360° views of the Northern Lights

Even if you don’t know that much about Iceland, I’m sure you’ve seen the breathtaking pictures of the night skies filled with colour. You can admire the Northern Lights almost anywhere in Iceland, but this hotel combines the spectacle of nature and cutting-edge architecture in a very special way. The ION Adventure Hotel is an extravagant structure made from concrete and glass that is specially designed to provide each room with stunning views of the surrounding landscapes – and any Northern Lights that are snaking their way through the sky as well!

This luxury hotel is located 42km east of the capital on the border of Þingvellir National Park, so it’s the perfect retreat for anyone looking to get away from civilisation. The hotel also offers a huge programme of exciting tours such as glacier hiking, trips to thermal springs, water rafting and even pony trekking.

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Tranquil lakeside location in Kjós

Just 40km to the north of Reykjavík is this wonderfully secluded cabin. Nestled in a valley overlooking the lake of Meðalfellsvatn, the surroundings feature plenty of trees and lush foliage, which is a bit of a rarity this far north. From the cabin’s terrace you can look out from between the pines and gaze upon the bare mountain peaks of Meðalfell. And even if it’s a bit too cold to sit outside, you can enjoy some seriously snug moments together inside – the large windows mean you can enjoy those views without having to brace the elements. Simply sit back with a lovely coffee and watch the mist dance around the mountaintops!

This cabin can actually accommodate up to 6 guests, which are spread across 3 bedrooms. There’s also a lovely open kitchen, a little sitting area and a fully-equipped bathroom.

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Pure luxury amidst pristine surroundings

Airbnb suggests that this property is a “wooden hut” – I’d be more included to call this a “dream house”! Situated in the small town of Ölfus on the southern coast of Iceland, this huge holiday house enjoys a perfect location looking out across to Eyjafjallajökul, the infamous volcano that sent out that huge ash cloud a few years back. The villa itself is an ultra-chic property with huge, bright spaces inside. The landscaped gardens, huge terraces and a picturesque pond are the icing on the cake! The Golden Circle and Þingvellir National Park are close by, as is the Selfoss waterfall, so you have some of the country’s most popular sights within easy reach.

There’s space for up to 4 guests here, with with two bedrooms, a bathroom, a kitchen as well as an open-plan kitchen with ceiling-to-floor windows.

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Iceland truly is one of the most impressive countries in the world – you can really sense the power of nature thanks to its almost otherworldly mountains, canyons and almost endless valleys. To help you plan the truly perfect adventure, then be sure to take a look at my Travel Calendar to see the best time to visit Iceland. You can also use the links below to find even more hotels or Airbnbs, or use my Flight Finder tool to find cheap flights to Iceland.

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