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Named for the nearby Buðir estuary, this boutique hotel is located next to a sandy beach and a tiny church on a remote lava field on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Formerly a 17th-century trading post, it pays homage to its past with classic design touches and artworks that reference the building’s history. All of the 28 elegant and individually designed rooms have hardwood floors, minimalist decor, modern amenities, and large windows for views of the glacier, the mountains, the surrounding lava field, or the Atlantic Ocean.

There’s also a gourmet restaurant for Icelandic dishes created with fresh and local ingredients, an adjoining bar for a selection of wines, whiskeys, beers and cocktails, and an inviting lounge with eclectic decor, plush sofas and a  telescope for bird watching. Given its secluded rural location, this is an ideal place for those wanting to catch clear views of the northern lights in the winter, or enjoy outdoor activities such as walking, hiking, horse riding, and whale watching. 

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Rooms

Overlooking the glacier, the mountains, the surrounding lava field, or the Atlantic Ocean, the 28 elegant and individually designed rooms have minimalist Icelandic decor, earthy tones, hardwood flooring, and walls adorned with antique prints. Modern amenities include a TV, DVD player, complimentary Wi-Fi, and en suite bathroom with a bath or shower. 

Location

Set on the edge of a remote lava field on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, this secluded hotel is a great base from which to explore Iceland’s wilderness and visit glaciers, volcanoes, and lighthouses. The fishing town of Ólafsvík is a 30-minute drive away, and you can reach Reykjavík in just two hours by car.

Food and Drink

Given the hotel’s location, seafood features heavily in the restaurant’s à la carte dinner menu, but meat and vegetarian dishes are also available. The hotel also serves hot and cold buffet breakfasts every morning in the elegant dining room. There’s an adjoining bar for a wide selection of wine, beer, cocktails, and whiskeys.

Facilities and Activities

For guests visiting Hótel Buðir in the winter and hoping to see the northern lights, the hotel’s staff will arrange a nightly wake-up call when they are visible.

Our opinion

We love the remote setting of this intimate boutique hotel at the edge of a lava field on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula - making it one of Iceland’s most peaceful places to stay.

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    Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.

    Experiences while staying here

    The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.