Cottages in Iceland

Cottages in Iceland

Find the best cottages, lodges, and cabins around the beautiful Icelandic countryside. There's nothing quite like soaking in a hot tub while enjoying the northern lights or the midnight sun.

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Why stay in a cottage in Iceland?

Staying in a cottage is the best way to immerse yourself in Icelandic nature and culture. Great for those looking for self-catered accommodation in Iceland. A cottage getaway is how many Icelanders choose to spend their holidays in this stunning country. There are cottages dotted all over Iceland, giving you private space in beautiful surroundings. Cottages range from being rustic to luxurious - an unexpected luxury included in most cottages in Iceland is the hot tub. Icelanders love using the geothermal energy of the country to soak in a private hot tub under the northern lights or midnight sun, you’ll love it too.  

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What are the best cottages to stay in, in Iceland?

The Arnarstapi Cottages are among the best and most unique cottages to stay in while visiting Iceland. Located on the beautiful Snaefellsnes peninsula in West Iceland. These modern cabins sit in an incredible landscape with wonderful views of the surrounding nature. They have a rating of 4 out of 5 stars from 89 reviews.
If you're staying in North Iceland, you can't go wrong with the Hrimland Cottages near the town of Akureyri. Each cottage has a private hot tub and stunning views of the nearby fjord. These cottages are perfect for families and other large groups, as they can fit up to 8 people. These cottages have a rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 58 reviews.
The Dalahyttur Lodges are a range of modern and comfortable cabins that make a great base to explore West Iceland, the Snaefellsnes peninsula, and the Westfjords. With a charming rustic ambiance and gorgeous views of the nearby area, you'll surely enjoy your stay. Additionally, you'll find a restaurant on-site with complimentary breakfast. The Dalahyttur Lodges have a rating of 4.8 out of 5, from 65 reviews.

What are the advantages of staying in a cottage in Iceland?

Staying in a cottage in Iceland is the best way to stay out in the nature of Iceland, making it easy to spot the northern lights or stay out late under the midnight sun.
It allows you to be self-sufficient and do things on your own schedule. Instead of being surrounded by the buildings and people in the city, you are in the quiet and tranquil countryside without a care in the world. It's easy to go out and see the natural attractions in the area and be able to stay as long as you like before heading back.

What is included when staying in a cottage in Iceland?

The cottages in Iceland are self-catering units that include a kitchen, a bathroom, a living room, and private bedrooms. Depending on the size of the cottage, some bedrooms might have bunk beds, but usually, there's at least one master bedroom with a full-size bed for two.
Most cabins in Iceland have a porch in the front where you can grill some delicious Icelandic lamb or other delicacies. Some lodges might also include a hot tub to soak in after a long day of hiking or sightseeing.

Is staying in a cabin a good way to see the aurora in Iceland?

Yes, to see the northern lights, it's very important to stay away from the light pollution of cities and towns. Therefore, by staying in a lodge in the Icelandic countryside, far away from artificial lights, it makes the skies much clearer to observe the aurora. As long as it's not cloudy, you have a good chance of seeing the northern lights while staying in a cabin in Iceland.

What activities can I enjoy while staying in a cottage in Iceland?

Activities vary depending on the cottage's location and the season. Common activities include hiking, horseback riding, exploring geothermal pools and hot springs, bird watching, whale watching, and visiting nearby natural attractions such as waterfalls and glaciers. In the winter, activities such as skiing, ice caving, and dog sledding may be available.

Do lodges and cabins in Iceland include a hot tub?

It is common for Icelanders to stay in a cabin over the summertime and enjoy soaking in a hot tub on the porch at any hour of the day. Therefore it is quite common for cottages and cabins in Iceland to be equipped with an outdoor hot tub for you to use. To ensure your lodge has a hot tub, read the description carefully to see if it includes a hot tub before booking it.

What is the best time to stay in a cottage in Iceland?

The best time to stay in a cottage in Iceland depends on your preferences. For milder weather and more daylight, visit between May and September. For a chance to see the northern lights, consider staying between October and mid-April. Keep in mind that prices and availability may vary depending on the season.

Do cottages in Iceland have parking?

Yes, all cottages and cabins in Iceland have guaranteed parking. As it's located out in the countryside, there are plenty of parking spaces for anyone, so there's no need to worry about that.

Are cottages in Iceland typically located in rural or urban areas?

Cottages in Iceland are typically located in rural areas, offering visitors a chance to experience the country's natural beauty and tranquility. However, some cottages can be found on the outskirts of urban centers, providing a balance between city amenities and peaceful surroundings.

Is it necessary to rent a car while staying in a cottage in Iceland?

While public transportation is available in some parts of Iceland, renting a car is generally recommended for visitors staying in cottages, as many are located in remote or rural areas with limited access to public transportation. Having a car provides flexibility and convenience when exploring the country's attractions.

Can I rent a cottage in Iceland during the winter months?

Yes, you can rent a cottage in Iceland during the winter months. However, be prepared for limited daylight, colder temperatures, and potential road closures due to snow and ice. Staying in a cottage during the winter can provide a unique and cozy experience, with opportunities for snow-related activities such as ice caving and dog sledding and a chance to see the northern lights.

Can I expect to find modern amenities in Icelandic cottages?

Many Icelandic cottages offer modern amenities such as Wi-Fi, well-equipped kitchens, and even outdoor hot tubs. However, amenities can vary depending on the specific cottage, so it is important to review the property listing or contact the owner directly to ensure your needs will be met.

Do cabins in Iceland include a kitchen?

Yes, all cottages, cabins and lodges in Iceland include a kitchen where you can cook your own meals. The concept behind a cottage in Iceland is that it's a self-contained unit, making you self-sufficient while staying there. Therefore it includes a fully-furbished kitchen.
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