Accommodation in Iceland
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No matter if you are travelling on a budget, or opting for luxury, you will find accommodation to fit your needs.
Just remember, during summer the midnight sun may test your tolerance for sleep deprivation.
There are around 170 registered campsites in Iceland. Camping grounds are normally open from the beginning of June until the end of August or middle of September, depending on location. Camping areas in Iceland are classified according to a standard compiled by the Icelandic Tourist Board called VAKINN. The use of the standard is optional. Where the standard is used, star grading categories are presented in a conspicuous location at the site and visitors are then expected to make sure that the site corresponds to its classification as expressed by the number of stars granted to the site.
Icelandic Farm Holidays is a chain of farms around Iceland offering travellers accommodation and a variety of services. Among the activities offered at farms are horseback riding, fishing, sailing, hunting, glacier tours, sheep round-up and swimming. Accommodation varies, from farmhouses or country hotels, to seperate houses or cottages. Travellers can choose from Bed & Breakfast, rooms with shared or private facilities, or sleeping-bag accommodation. Cottages are usually rented by the week.
A nice guesthouse offers a friendly and relaxed travelling experience. Most Icelandic guesthouses are family owned and operated, and offer a homey atmosphere and friendly service. Guesthouses are classified according to a standard compiled by the Icelandic Tourist Board called VAKINN. The use of the standard is optional. Where the standard is used, star grading categories are presented in a conspicuous location.
There are hotels around Iceland to suit all tastes and budgets, from the most luxurious to the simple and sufficient. Several travel agencies and airlines have special accommodation offers which can only be purchased outside Iceland. Hotels are classified according to VAKINN quality system. The use of the standard is optional. Where the standard is used, star grading categories are presented in a conspicuous location.
For those traversing the Icelandic highlands, mountain huts are available along the most common trails and in other areas. In most cases these huts are very basic shelters along the most popular routes. Space is limited so you will need to book in advance. You will also need to bring all food and equipment with you.
Renting a summerhouse is a good alternative for people who want to spend their vacation peacefully and acquaint themselves with a certain area of Iceland. Summerhouses are also an economical choice for small groups and families. Most summerhouses offer cooking facilties and access to hot tubs or swimming pools.