This post has been updated to include a roundup of my favorite boutique properties and vacation rentals in Iceland.
Few countries knock me off my boots like Iceland. Whether we are talking about the perfect solo travel destination or the best country for a road trip, I find myself going back to Iceland time and time again
It is one of the most underrated countries in the world. So much more than the Northern Lights, it has a natural beauty that few places can touch.
Want to see it all for yourself? Here are a few of the very best vacation rentals to stay at in Iceland!
And if traditional hotels are more your kind of thing, I’ve rounded up the best hotels across Iceland!
This two-bedroom home in a peaceful space is the ultimate escape. Soak in the hot tub under the stars and enjoy that serene Nordic nature (while still having the essentials at your doorstep).
In the coastal Seltjarnarnes area, you’ll find this stylish space just outside of the Grotta nature reserve. Explore the lighthouse, go bird watching, then stop by one of the lovely cafes and restaurants in the harbor.
Built on a 5,000-year-old lava field, you’ll find this adorable cottage in Hveragerði. The pretty pastel place has a hot tub to keep you warm all year round while you explore the hot springs capital of the world.
With room for two, this charming hideaway in Njardvik is within easy traveling distance to the Blue Lagoon and has everything that you need for a relaxing evening in.
Built back in 1884, this cottage is one of the oldest buildings in the town. Every piece in The Garden Cottage tells a story and was carefully curated by the owners of Reykjavík Trading Co.
If you love that Nordic aesthetic, it’ll be love, at first sight from the moment you turn the key.
Planning Tip: Get ready for your first trip to Iceland? Here is what you need to know before you go.
Just outside of Hallgrímskirkja, the Culture House Museum, and more of the very best attractions in Reykjavík, this bright and cozy home has space for four.
This northern Iceland architectural house in Vaðlaheiði near Akureyri (which is a hotspot for live music and art galleries) has room space for up to four guests.
While the chic modern interior is impressive, it is the view that will truly know your socks off.
With room for five, this cute tiny house has a private terrace that is perfect for barbecue, and a hot son that was made for long evenings out until the Northern Lights.
Just a 10-minute drive from Glacier Lagoon, you’ll find the well-appointed space in one of the most isolated areas of Iceland.
A room in this private country home is the perfect place to escape and enjoy the natural beauty of the country.
With room for six at the bottom of fjord Ólafsfjörður, this two-bedroom spot has its own geothermal water jacuzzi. If you want a feel for what rural Icelandic life is like, you’ve found the spot.
Planning Tip: Looking forward to the Blue Lagoon? Here’s a quick planning guide before you dive in.
Located 130 km (80 mi) to the west of Reykjavik, this mountain town feels like it’s straight out of a fairy tale. Whether you come in the winter to admire the Northern Lights or frock in the grassy hills in the summer, this is a perfect retreat.
Nestled between a lava field and a small creek, this quaint cabin can sleep up to five guests. Sitting beside your own private waterfall, you will get an unforgettable view of the nearby glaciers.
On the edge of a 300 years old lava field, you will have a sweeping view of Lake Mývatn. This comfortable spot for two oozes Nordic minimalist vibes and makes an ideal base for exploring.
With room for four and a spacious garden by the sea, this home will give you a taste of the good life in a small Icelandic fishing village.
This cozy one-bedroom cabin is just off the iconic Ring Road No. 1 and is nestled amidst hundreds of acres of woodland (and, fun fact — the owners have just planted another 100k tree seedlings next door).
If you’re looking for an escape to the great outdoors, look no further.
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