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A Stay At The Icelandair Hotel Vik, South Iceland

Iceland Hotel Vik

The contemporary Icelandair hotel overlooks the striking black beach of Vik and the impressive basalt sea stacks of Reynisdrangar in the south of Iceland. If you are a fan of gold plating, shiny marble and grandiose ‘Trump’ style hotels then the simplicity and minimalism of Scandinavian design is probably not for you.

Completed in 2014, the hotel has a functional low rise design. Reflective surfaces mirror the cliffs behind while the grey concrete sections give the hotel a semi-industrial, understated and uniquely Icelandic style.

Vik Volcanic Beach

The black sand beach of Vik, Iceland

As you enter the hotel, you pass from the rugged grey exterior into an elegant foyer and lounge designed to reflect the natural surroundings. Black crow sculptures hang over the piano, warm fire burns in the lounge and the muted colours complement the views of the cliffs and volcanic beach opposite the hotel.

The Entrance - Vik

The contemporary industrial style entrance

The Foyer

The crow sculptures in the hotel foyer

 Icelandair Hotel Bar, Vik

The bar area in the Icelandair hotel, Vik

The design of the standard bedrooms continue with the Scandinavian theme. Facilities are what you would expect of a four-star hotel including a flat screen TV, free wireless internet, coffee and tea facilities and all modern amenities. The bathroom contained a shower and the L’Occitane toiletries were a quality touch.

The rooms at the front of the hotel look out towards the volcanic beach and the rock stacks. The rooms at the back look out onto the cliff face. Although these rooms do not have the views of the front, the cliffs are covered with nesting seabirds which liven up its harsh grey rocky surface.

Hotel Room

A double room at the Icelandair Hotel, Vik

L'Occitane Toiletries

L’Occitane toiletries in the bathroom

What we did notice during our visit (March 2017) was building work opposite the car park. We are not sure what is going there and whether it will restrict any of the views from the hotel in the future.

During the evening a storm blew in bringing rain and 70mph winds, so unsurprisingly we decided to stay in the hotel for dinner. There is something satisfying about relaxing with a drink in a warm comfortable bar, watching the full force of the storm whipping up the sea and the black sand drifting across the road. (Although the next morning, the scratching and scraping sound of the sand covered car windows winding down didn’t sound too healthy!)

The storm in Vik

The storm moving in towards Vik

We ate in the hotel’s Berg restaurant. It has an Icelandic, à la carte menu which uses local produce. The food and service were excellent, and although the portion sizes were not large after 3 courses we felt satisfied. It was expensive but considering the quality of the meal and comparing it to general Icelandic food prices it was quite reasonable.

Dinner in Vik

Dinner in the hotel restaurant

Luckily, the next morning the storm had cleared, there was some actual blue sky and sun!
Breakfast was simple and typically Icelandic, it was served in the Berg restaurant which had a clear view of the beach in the morning sun.

We didn’t have the courage to down the breakfast shot of fish oil.

It was photographers central during breakfast with specialist photographic tour groups getting ready to go out for the day. There was a lot of ‘lens envy‘ going on, who had the biggest?

Breakfast Bar and Fish oil

The breakfast bar and fish oil

We had an excellent stay at the Icelandair hotel in Vik and would definitely stay there again. However, Iceland is currently suffering from too many tourists but not enough rooms, when we tried to reserve for August it was already fully booked. Also if you are lucky enough to find availability the hotel price will be high. If you are thinking of visiting destinations outside Reykjavik on your trip to Icelans, you need to book as far in advance as possible to get the best room and rates.

Hopefully, in the near future, there will be more hotels like the Icelandair hotel Vik.

Have you stayed in Iceland outside Reykjavik. What hotel was your favourite?

The black beach of Vik, South Iceland

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  • Rhonda Albom
    April 1, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    The interior is so lovely, such an interesting contrast to the exterior. There is a house like that down the road from us. It won all sorts of awards, and we couldn’t understand why until the day we were invited in. In your case, I love the sleek lines of the Scandinavian style. I also would have chosen an ocean view room. although the cliffs sound beautiful too. Sounds like you made a great choice during the storm. The dinner looks delicious.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      April 1, 2017 at 9:54 pm

      It was really nice to sit in the bar while the storm raged outside. We are going back in the summer, this time doing the ring round all the way to the north (film location tour), unfortunately this hotel was fully booked.

  • Gokul Raj
    April 2, 2017 at 9:22 am

    Iceland is my dream destination. I wish to visit this country some day.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      April 2, 2017 at 12:43 pm

      You must visit if you get the chance, the landscape is incredible.

  • Indrani
    April 2, 2017 at 9:58 am

    Such luxurious and grand interiors! The toiletries highlighted gives a good indication of the facilities provided. Food looks yumm and looks like has an Indian touch with those flat breads.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      April 2, 2017 at 12:45 pm

      Considering how small and remote Iceland is the quality and selection of food is really outstanding. Although it is one of the most expensive places we have visited.

  • Megan Jerrard
    April 3, 2017 at 8:58 am

    Glad you enjoyed your stay! Love the simplicity and minimalism of Scandinavian design, and amazing that it looks over to the volcanic beach – no wonder it’s fully booked all the time! I agree with you that there’s sometimes nothing better than staying in with a drink watching a storm roll in – and you got some dramatic shots of the beach, so tends to make for more interesting photographs too :D!

    • Mr and Mrs W
      April 3, 2017 at 9:18 am

      We cheated a bit with the picture in the storm. I stayed in the car and took the photograph through an open window. It was a good idea to start with but we did get the car stuck in the sand. It took 30 mins to get to dig ourselves out and I got soaked.

  • Mike Cotton
    April 3, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    I’d love to visit Iceland. As a landscape photographer, the country completely fascinates me. One day… Great post, very happy you got experience this beautiful country.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      April 3, 2017 at 1:04 pm

      There were a few photographic tour groups in the hotel as it was really close to the black beach, glaciers and the Eyjafjallajökull volcano. Yes, that’s the one that caused all the airline problems in 2010.

  • Raksha Nagaraj
    April 3, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    The hotel looks so nice, I visited Vik and I loved that town. If I knew about this hotel earlier, I would have stayed at this place, it truly looks beautiful.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      April 3, 2017 at 10:19 pm

      It is a very discrete hotel. you wouldn’t really notice it. Saying that most of Vik is very discrete and low key.

  • Vicki Louise
    April 4, 2017 at 4:59 am

    The hotel looks a lovely hotel – super modern and clean facilities, and what a great location overlooking the volcanic beach! And the food looks pretty good too!

    • Mr and Mrs W
      April 4, 2017 at 7:58 am

      There were signs of building work near the hotel, hopefully this will not affect the view in the future.

  • elisa
    April 4, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    I don’t like how it looks from outside but the room looks comfy, the meals yummy and the surrounding landscape really gorgeous . . . good choice!

    • Mr and Mrs W
      April 4, 2017 at 10:34 pm

      A lot of places in Iceland have a harsh exterior as they usually have a very exposed location. The inside was really warm and comfortable.

  • Samantha Sparrow
    April 9, 2017 at 10:58 am

    Wow this hotel is everything I would dream of by staying in Iceland. It combines the natural and industrial perfectly and still have the scandi chic look inside. And L’Occitane products in the room? SWOON!

    • Mr and Mrs W
      April 9, 2017 at 5:30 pm

      We tried to stay there in August when we are going back to Iceland but it was fully booked.