When Helga and I were planning our 10 days in Iceland road trip we wanted to stay in many different types of accommodation to be able to recommend something in every category to you. So we stayed in hostels, hotels, cabins, self-catering apartments and even an old church. Below you will find three of these places, all great in their own sort of way.
Dyngja Guesthouse in Höfn
Dyngja guesthouse was one of the first places I contacted about accommodation and for a very simple reason: They seemed very cool. As it turned out their website was pretty accurate and both the guesthouse itself and it’s owners were pretty cool indeed.
Run by a young couple (Fanney and Sindri) out of their own home, Dyngja guesthouse offers a great vinyl collection, a scrumptious breakfast buffet and the most comfortable duvets of our entire trip. We stayed in the red room, which they dubbed the honeymoon suite, which offered great views over Höfn harbor. It was very small but really cozy. I especially enjoyed the home baked bread and the rhubarb crumble at breakfast.
The only slightly strange thing about Dyngja is that it’s a part of the couple’s home and it’s not really clear which parts belong to the guesthouse and what is off limits to the guests. If you just keep that in mind and ask if you have any questions (they may even have changed this by now) you should be fine. I think the thing people will enjoy the most is the friendly service and helpful local tips that the owners so willingly share. We would, for example, never have thought of visiting Stokksnes without them.
The old Post House Apartments in Sauðárkrókur
If you are looking for self-catering apartments in North West Iceland you should definitely check out the Old Post House apartments in Sauðarkrókur. Located in, you guessed it, the old post house in town they are a great value for money (especially in winter) and super clean and nice.
The two apartments are managed by the owner Vicky, an Australian expat artist that loves living in Sauðarákrókur. She also lives in the house and has a little studio in the basement and sometime in the the future she wants to open up a little gallery there too, showcasing the best art and crafts the area has to offer.
What we really enjoyed about the Old Post Office apartments was the the personal touch and the details Vicky puts into them. The apartments have her art on the walls and before you arrive she will make sure to stock your fridge with Skyr and basic breakfast commodities. She also has some coffee available and some delicious Pukka tea, which is one of my favorite brands. As if that wasn’t enough, there even was a small bottle of red wine waiting for us when we arrived which was great after a long day on the road.
The Icelandair Hotel in Akureyri
I must admit that staying in a fancy hotel is not really my style since I’m more of a hostel/guesthouse kind of girl but nevertheless I really enjoyed my stay at Icelandair Hotel Akureyri. We were really warmly welcomed, the view in our room was gorgeous and the beds really comfortable.
The hotel is located on top of a hill, that is a killer to climb in heels after cocktail or two by the way, in a newly renovated house that once housed the University of Akureyri. It’s across the road from the swimming pool and has dedicated ski equipment area and a fireplace for the winter season. It’s a pretty cozy place.
As much as I love hostels it was great to spend a night in a hotel, in a big comfy bed with a flat screen TV and a nice private shower, for a night. I also love the Sóley Organics products that the Icelandair hotels use in all their hotels and I’m addicted to their smell. If you have some extra cash to spend and you want a bit more luxury, I have not qualms about recommending Icelandiar Hotel Akureyri.