Inspired by Iceland? Whether you want to stand near waterfalls, caress volcanic rock or observe geysers (from a safe distance), there are hundreds of homes on Airbnb in the land of ice, fire and delicate moss, where you can experience human connectivity for real.
What’s more, there is something for every type of traveller on Airbnb, from jaw-dropping design-led stays, to affordable, stylish options for travellers who want to experience the real Icelandverse on a budget. From a cosy room in an old bicycle shop to a lake house complete with a hot tub powered by natural springs, here are a selection of incredible homes across the country starting from just £60 per night.
Close to the beautiful Borgarfjörður area and Snæfellsjökull National Park, this stylish four-bedroom home has a hot tub, river and mountain views, and is walking distance to Waterfall Glanni, Lake Hreðavatn and the Crater Grábrók.
From £232 per night, sleeps up to ten
Located in the centre of Reykjavik, this traditional timber house was a bicycle shop for over 50 years, and is kept warm by Iceland’s famous hydro-thermic hot water supply. Hosted by Gudrun Maria, this snug, single room is designed for solo travellers, who also have access to two sitting rooms and guest bathrooms.
From £60 per night for the private room
Located in the must-visit Golden Circle, this secluded Lake House offers stunning views of Lake Alftavatn (Swan Lake) and Mt. Ingolfsfjall from the patio and hot tub, powered by natural hot spring water. Ideal for adventurous groups, this stay comes with a canoe you can borrow to paddle round the lake (best attempted in summer).
From £166 per night for the whole house, sleeps five
Built in 2019, this design-led stay is decked out in wood, with cosy furnishings and floor to ceiling windows to enjoy the view. With two bedrooms, and a small but mighty kitchen, it’s ideal for small groups who want to be surrounded by nature. Seljalandsfoss and Gljúfrabúi waterfalls are just two kilometres away.
From £264 per night for the whole house, sleeps four
Close to the sea, this studio apartment is ideal for couples looking to explore nearby Borgarnes, and soak up the incredible view. The home is well equipped, with WiFi, Netflix, and a small kitchen with Nespresso coffee maker, for cosy nights in.
From £127 per night, sleeps two
Located close to Akureyri, the ‘capital of northern Iceland’, and the ski resort, Hlíðarfjall, this spacious modern home is ideal for families, with three bedrooms (one double, two twin rooms), a fully equipped kitchen, an indoor jacuzzi, flatscreen TV, entertainment system and board games.
From £168 per night, sleeps six
Just a 35-minute drive from Reykjavik, this cosy cabin has easy access to the Golden Circle and is located in beautiful natural surroundings, with occasional visits from wild horses. Ideal for couples – the stay also works for bargain hunting groups who can roll out the living room futon.
From £91 per night, sleeps four
Built in 2016, this cabin sits on Hosts, Anna and Óli’s, working farm – home to sheep, goats, horses and border collies, and come May, lambs. Close to water caves, lava fields and black beaches, it’s ideal for couples who want to explore during the day and relax in the countryside at night.
From £112 per night, sleeps two
Decked out in wood, this light, airy cabin is kitted out in homey decor and understated furniture. Close to the blue lagoon and the Fagradalsfjall Volcano, it’s ideal for couples and friends looking to see the key sights.
From £76 per night, sleeps two
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