Finding a cozy place to rest for the night and watch the Northern Lights is crucial after a long afternoon traversing Iceland’s rugged terrain. The Ring Road is lined with dozens of great options for you to stay — and Air BnB is extremely easy to use in Iceland (we had a great experience!) Here are some of our top picks for Air BnBs along the way. Pack your favorite winter boots and a warm jacket and head to once of these Air BnBs to experience true winter wonderland.
Located in the valley of Svinadalur — near Akranes and 40 minutes from Rekjavik.
We adore the country chic vibe this Air BnB has to offer. The rustic frame accompanied by the luxurious interior makes for a very special stay. The house is surrounded by lush grasslands and wilderness and is placed near a salmon river that you can walk to. Cozy up under some warm blankets or spend time lounging in your private jacuzzi and watch the Northen Lights. During the day, exploring the surrounding area and see attractions like the Glymur waterfall, shore of Hvalffjordur, or stop by Thingvellir National Park to play with the ponies. We love the rustic charm of this Air BnB and that you have the ability to prepare your own meals and spend time with your travel companions in such a comfortable space. Guests share glowing reviews about the property — it’s almost too good to be true.
Located in Villa Lola, in Vaðlaheiði near Akureyri in Northern Iceland
Another beautiful location to view the Aurora Borealis. This location is a perfect cozy setting to experience all of the nature Northen Iceland has to offer and also have the opportunity to make a trip to town and eat at the restaurants there — it’s the best of both worlds. This Air BnB is situated near great hiking locations where you can explore Iceland’s wilderness, rent horses in Akureyri, swim in warm swimming pools, or play a round of golf. It’s a wonderful escape. When you’re in for the night, wrap yourself in some blankets, grab your gloves, and sit outside on your patio to enjoy the wonders of the Northern Lights.
Located in Reykjavik and comes with free parking in the city
If you’re looking for a trendy studio in Reykjavik decorated with Scandinavian decor — look no further. This Air BnB is situated in the city so there are plenty of bars, restaurants, and activities around you. The studio comes equipped with a full kitchen, heated floors, nice shower with plenty of hot water (trust us… this is super important), and plush bed. The location is great if staying in Reykjavik, you’re about a ten minute walk to the harbor and about a five minute walk to most restaurants and grocery stores. At night, peek outside your window to see the northern lights above the city or take a quick walk to the harbor. The host is also very accommodating and helpful.
Located in Hvammstangi — On the Northern part of Iceland
If you’re traveling along the ring road and enjoying the beautiful fjords, make sure to check out these cozy little cabins in the middle of nowhere. Imagine sleeping under the dancing northern lights surrounded by quiet wilderness. The sight is breathtaking and really cannot be beat. These cabins are situated in an area with little light interference so you will have an unbeatable view of the lights. The cabin has a small kitchenette with a fridge, two plate stove top, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, and kettle so make sure you bring your hot coco. It sleeps 4 and a private bathroom and shower is included as well (in case you were wondering due to the camp like nature of the space). Enjoy the great outdoors and take in all of the nature around you while you explore hiking paths and enjoy the untouched wilderness surrounding you. Guests have nothing but wonderful things to say about these charming cabins — a highlight for many from their trip to Iceland.
Located in Akureyri — Northern Iceland
A beautiful and secluded location for witnessing the Northern Lights. This house has a hot tub too — such a plus! Sit outside under the stars drinking some Einstock beer and enjoy the lights waltz around you as you look up at the night sky. The property is about a 5 minutes drive from major restaurants, grocery stores, and shops so you will have things to do during the day if you would like to go to town. You’ll find yourself in a magical environment with all of the accommodations you could hope for. Guests describe the location as peaceful and serene. Look forward to a blissful experience at this Air BnB!
Located in Hvalfjörður, outside of Rekjavik
Wake up to the soft crashing of waves on the shore, chirping birds, and sea lion calls. This little house is a perfect quirky getaway where you can enjoy the nature around you as well as see the Northern Lights. Guests rave about the quiet silence and the gentle, crashing waves that you can hear right outside your window. The serene atmosphere is one that can’t be beat.
Located in Laugarvatn
A beautiful cottage near so many fabulous attractions. This location is ten minutes from the geyser, 20 minutes from Gullfoss, 20 minutes from Skalholt, 30 minutes from Kerid, and 40 minutes from Thingvellir. The owners shared, “The house was built to reflect the Icelandic landscape and complement the small vegetation of moss and trees in the old lava-field. It is a beautiful little gem within a great area of the country.” They pride themselves on being a green and sustainable property though the use of geothermal water and geothermal energy. The views are incredible and you can fully enjoy the lush, green landscape around you. Guests share wonderful reviews about the owners themselves and appreciate their friendly and helpful nature. Make sure if you stay here to try to check the Northern Lights out from the nice loft they have set up. A very unique Air BnB to stay at.
Please note that during winter, the Northern portions of Iceland may be difficult to access / unaccessible due to snow fall, road closures, and ice depending on weather conditions. Keep this in mind while booking if you’re going during the colder months and plan accordingly. During the spring, summer, and fall you should have little issue accessing this portion of Iceland.