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A contemporary and welcoming base from which to explore the glaciers, volcanoes, waterfalls, lagoons, and black sand beaches that define Iceland’s south coast, Icelandair Hotel Vík is just a two-hour drive from Reykjavík. Behind the glass-faced modern façade, the 88 guest rooms housed in the old and new buildings all have sleek Scandinavian style decor, hues of grey, blue, and cream, hardwood flooring, plenty of natural light, and views of the cliff or Reynisdrangar’s black sand beach and sea stacks. Modern amenities include flat screen TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi, tea and coffee-making facilities, and en suite bathrooms with large walk-in rain showers. Elsewhere, there’s a restaurant for inspiring Icelandic cuisine using fresh and local ingredients, a lobby bar for cocktails, wine, and beer, and an ocean-facing outdoor terrace for summer drinks. The hotel also hosts a daily happy hour from 4pm to 6pm. Staff are happy to help with sightseeing suggestions and tour bookings, including visits to the Eyjafjallajökull volcano, Sólheimajökull glacier, and Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls.

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Rooms

Available in four room categories, the 88 rooms spread across the old and new buildings all have sleek Scandinavian style decor, hues of grey, blue, and cream, hardwood flooring, and plenty of natural light. Modern amenities include flat screen TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi, tea and coffee-making facilities, and en suite bathrooms with large walk-in rain showers. 

The Standard rooms face the cliff, the Superior rooms overlook Reynisdrangar’s black sand beach and sea stacks, and the two large Deluxe rooms offer panoramic views of the surrounds from wall-to-wall windows. The hotel also has five Family rooms split over two levels. 

Location

You’ll be staying in the heart of Vík, the small seaside village in the Mýrdalur valley. Nearby attractions include Reynisdrangar’s black sand beach and sea stacks, a red-roof church built in 1929, and the Mýrdalsjökull glacier that stands at 1,493 m (4,898 ft) in height. Further area highlights include the Eyjafjallajökull volcano, Sólheimajökull glacier, and Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls. 

Food and Drink

Pulling focus on creative Icelandic cuisine using fresh and local ingredients, the buffet breakfast at the Berg Restaurant includes waffles, pastries, cereals, and fruit. A varied à la carte menu with seafood dishes and farm produce is offered at dinner. There’s also a lobby bar for cocktails, wine, and beer in addition to an ocean-facing outdoor terrace for summer drinks. 

Families

The hotel has five Family rooms, split over two levels. There’s also a children’s menu in the restaurant that includes dishes such as soup of the day, deep fried fish with mashed potatoes, and tagliatelle with cheese sauce. 

Facilities and Activities

If you’re visiting in winter when the northern lights are visible, a wake-up call can be arranged. The hotel’s staff will be happy to suggest activities and attractions available nearby, including visiting the Mýrdalsjökull Glacier, Eyjafjallajökull volcano, Sólheimajökull glacier, and Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls.  A public swimming pool is located just a five-minute walk from the hotel. 

Our opinion

Not only does this contemporary hotel hit the mark for Scandinavian style decor and creative Icelandic cuisine, but it also offers some spectacular nearby sights. We love being so close to Reynisdrangar’s black sand beach.

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