Traveling in Iceland is one of the most unique experiences I have ever had. The entire country is extremely remote. The capital Reykjavik only has about 200,000 people in it! The majority of our trip was spent enjoying the beautiful country with NO ONE around us. The path we took is the opposite of most itineraries, which was nice because it saved the Golden Circle for last. This was where we saw the most people…and even that wasn’t very many.
Needless to say, with so few people in the country places to stay are very far and few between. In Rekyjavik and Akureyri you will be able to find some hotels to stay in. We drove the entire country, and therefore had a harder time finding places to stay. We found the best luck staying in Hostels. We decided to only stay at Hostelling International Hostels because we had purchased a card and got a discount. We were also using an itinerary from their website so the days were split by where we could find a hostel. I definitely recommend booking your Hostels in advance! We ended up staying at a few different Hostels than listed on the itinerary because the others were already booked. Many of these Hostels are tiny!
I had previously stayed in Hostels in Europe, but always a private room. This time we stayed in every and all types of rooms. Our first night we spent the night in a 4 person room with two guys biking the loop, another night in a room of 12 complete with 60 plus year old snoring people. I am an extremely paranoid person by nature, and not once did I feel unsafe. By the time we got to most Hostels we were dead and wanted nothing more than to shower and sleep!
Every hostel was different and had something to love about them. My favorite hostel stops?? Skogar we walked out to see the Skogafoss waterfall at 1 am. It was breathtaking to see this giant waterfall with so few people around it.
Berunes the most spectacular view really felt like we were in an abandoned country. It was on a fjord, and we had to drive completely around the fjord to even find dinner!
(Snap story shows Berunes Hostel, and Skogar Hostel as well as some views in between!)
Our first night in Sæberg had a natural hot tub…need I say more???? Then there was our last stop the hostel in Reykjavik had a rooftop bar! I definitely did not feel like I was staying in typical “Hostels”. I honestly think staying in these Hostels added to our adventure!
The next time I travel to Iceland I would love to rent a camper van. You can buy a camping pass for campsites, but you can really just camp anywhere…like right next to a massive waterfall!!