Hotel Glymur was our absolute favorite place to stay in Iceland. It’s located just under an hour from Reykjavik but gets you far enough away from the city to enjoy the natural beauty of Iceland. You can also see the Northern Lights from the hotel since there’s no light pollution!
The hotel has a boutique and personal feel to it. The rooms are each two floors with a bathroom and living room on the ground floor, and a bedroom on the upper floor. The large window allows so much light to pour in (awesome for photos!).
We used this as home base as we explored the western side of Iceland, which is the least touristy part of Iceland. It took us roughly 2 hours to get to Kirkjufell from the hotel, and we spent some time enjoying the views of the Hvalfjörður fjord here too. This was the view from our window:
If you’re looking to really relax, they have two hot tubs that face the fjord and make for a great spot to watch the sunset or the northern lights.
I loved the heated tiles in the bathroom, the amount of storage space, and check out this shower. That’s European efficiency!
The best part of Hotel Glymur was the personal touch and attention that they put into the details. We learned during our stay that they had a set breakfast time, but they started breakfast extra early for another couple who had an early start (that is so nice!). They can also help point you in the right direction if you’re looking for a specific activity to do.
If you’re visiting during winter and don’t want to constantly check for the Northern Lights, they even have a Northern Lights wake up call where they’ll ring your room if there is a good showing from the hotel. How amazing is that?!
PRO TIPS FOR YOUR STAY AT HOTEL GLYMUR:
- If you’re looking for a more private stay, they also have villas available.
- If you head towards Reykjavik, there is a 1000kr toll on the way.
- If your unit faces the fjord, keep your windows closed during the day – the sun really heats up the room.
- Be sure to sign up for their Northern Lights wake-up call. If it’s spotted, you’ll get a call!
- The Akranes area doesn’t have many food options, besides the restaurant here, so be sure to stock up on groceries before heading there if you want to save money on food.
- The hot water here was probably the most sulfuric.
- They had a great breakfast buffet spread. I usually skip breakfast because I’d rather sleep, but it’s worth it to get up early!
Have you picked hotels based on the view? What hotels have you stayed at with the best views?