The 12 best Airbnbs in Iceland

From cabins with spectacular sky views to fabulous farmhouses, Iceland has a space for every explorer


Other than the fact it should really swap names with Greenland (because it’s green and Greenland is, erm, icy), Iceland is nothing short of wondrous. This place looks incredible, it was the site of the first European Parliament and is home to not one, but two tectonic plates – you can actually see them moving apart (at 2cm per year). Plus, it’s 80 percent powered by geothermal and hydropower, so that's pretty damn cool. It’s also one of the very best places to catch the Northern Lights, resplendent in all their majestical, trippy glory.

Ready for a getaway to this unique part of the globe? Well, we’ve already rounded up the best things to do on this mysterious and unique Nordic island, so all you need to do now is find somewhere to stay. And for a true taste of Icelandic living, nothing beats an Airbnb. Here’s our pick of the best Airbnbs in Iceland. Ready?

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Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in and review every Airbnb featured, we've based our list on our expert knowledge of the destination covered, editorial reviews, user reviews, hotel amenities and in-depth research to find you the best stays. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, see our affiliate guidelines.

Best Iceland Airbnbs

1. A contemporary space in Akureyri

This architectural stunner is located in the picturesque north of Iceland, the villa claims spectacular views over the countryside, as well as the aurora borealis (if you’re lucky) and midnight sun (if visiting in Summer). As for the apartment itself, it sleeps up to four and is kitted out with oodles of modern luxuries. Very nice stuff.

2. A cabin beneath the stars

You can think of staying in this beautiful cabin as the big brother to camping. The big brother that’s much more comfortable and warmer and a bit more grown up. With space for two guests, one night just wouldn’t be enough – mainly because you'll be located near water caves, lava fields and breathtaking black beaches.


3. Wooden camping pod in Borgarnes

You might need to bring your own bedding to this little pod (or pay a little extra to have it provided for you), but don’t let that put you off. Quaint and cosy, they’re properly insulated so you don’t get the shivers – and you’ll have startling views for a fraction of the cost you’d expect. 

4. New design apartment in Reykjavík

Iceland’s capital city is famed for its museums, as well as harbouring a great chunk of the country’s Viking past – and now you can explore that for yourself, thanks to this perfectly located apartment. Situated in Downtown, it comes with parking, easy access to the Old Harbor and all of the basics you’d need for a comfortable stay.


5. The old Icelandic cottage drenched in beauty

Let your wildest (and most romantic) dreams of Iceland become reality with a stay at this adorable – adorable – cottage. Created in the ‘Old Icelandic’ style, it feels snug and protective the moment you set eyes on it. There’s a village only fifteen minutes’ drive away, where you can stock up on warming supplies, but wild swimmers will love the natural pool and geothermal swimming pool just thirty km away at Laugar. Dive on in.

6. A quaint cottage in Selfoss

If you dream of a white winter but don’t always have your fantasy fulfiled then we have some good news for you: Selfoss, the largest town in South Iceland rarely reaches a temperature above 16 degrees Celcius – and is usually way lower than that. So snuggle up in this cottage and peer out over the white hills and fields.


This cabin is truly something. Near to the Blue Lagoon, you climb 50 wooden steps to get here, and it has a spectacular view of the Northern Lights. This is a bucket list kinda place, with a rocking chair by a log fire and cosy corners to curl up in in the evenings. There’s one double bed and two bunk beds, so it’s perfect for a family. 



8. A Scandi-style penthouse in Reykjavík

Bringing elements of Swedish design to Reykjavík, along with phenomenal city views, this penthouse is on the third floor and can host four guests. Chic and comfortable, the residential area is fairly quiet, so you can rest very easy indeed.


9. A cabin close to Blue Lagoon

Desperate to feel at one with mother nature? This cool Airbnb is situated within an incredible nature reserve, which means wild and wonderful surroundings. The homely interior is rustic-inspired but updated, which means you won’t have to put up with a rickety build and nighttime breeze. 

10. A countryside guest house with hot tub

Forget about the city because the countryside has a lot to offer, including wonderful wildlife, blissful breezes and this charming guesthouse. In fact, what it lacks in size it makes up for style; basically, this is every fond memory you’ve had of your nannas – a snug interior with a cute retro design. Oh, and did we mention that there’s a hot tub? (Massive respect if your nanna had one of those, too).


Looking for something unique? This glass cottage is the place to be. It’s just five minutes from the town of Hella, but it’s utterly secluded. And thank goodness for that, because the bedroom is made entirely out of glass. This is the kind of place you saw in a movie once that you hoped you might visit one day. Oh, and you can see a volcano from the bathroom. 



12. A ’30s apartment with views of Hallgrímskirkja

Admit it: you’ve got home envy, haven’t you. And we don’t blame you, this spot is picture-perfect. But beyond the stunning interior, you just need to look out of the window and you’ll fall in love with Iceland all over again. Why? Because astonishing views of volcanic mountain ranges rest in the distance.

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