An Airbnb Tour of Iceland
Iceland is an awesome but expensive destination. To get the most out of it and save some money, you should use Air B n B. In this article, I recommend my picks to you.
So lets get started.
Iceland is famous for many things such as its epic, cold waterfalls, it’s bubbling hot Geysers shooting water high into the sky, and of course, the majestic Green Northern Lights. It is also famous for being icy and pricy, for triggering a huge financial crash and for a major volcanic eruption that severely disrupted the aviation industry…
But one of the less appreciated aspects of Iceland is the design of its houses. Yep, when I was there this winter I was just as impressed with the cool, quirky and stylish design of the buildings as I was with the breathtaking natural beauty. Afterall, this is a Nordic country and these are essentially the same people who gave the world Ikea.
Icelandic architecture is modern, tasteful and stylish fusing stone, wood and corrugated iron materials. The Icelandic buildings are gorgeous and inviting both inside and out and taking a stroll through the neighborhoods of Reykjavik was one of the highlights of my trip.
Therefore Iceland is the perfect country for a little Airbnb tour. Yes, the Icelandic hotels are mostly nice and elegant but they are perpetually full with tourists and are rather pricy. Besides that, hotels are all a little bit soulless. Getting your own Airbnb in Iceland allows you to have a stylish and cosy space to call your own and in many cases, they are even are a lot cheaper than hotels. For example, my spacious, modern and cozy apartment in central Reykjavik was $75 per night whereas a hotel room would have being nearly to $100.
It gets better. If you sign up for AirBnB here using this link, then you get $35 of your first visit! I also get $20 of credit which I can use on my next trip to Iceland so its a win/win situation!
In case you’re not convinced, let’s look at the best Airbnb Iceland.
There are now affordable return flights to Reykjavik from the US and Europe landing most days – I picked mine up for £61 from Manchester return.
Psst! Tip On Finding Cheap Flights To Iceland
You can find cheap flights to Iceland at Jacks Flight Club – it is a members-only platform where you get emailed with alters about insanely cheap faires which you will not be able to find anywhere else. How else do you think I’ve been traveling the world for so long?!
Anyway, back to Reykjavik…
Therefore the chances are that you will at least start and end your stay in Reykjavik. The capital city feels more like a welcoming little town and is definitely one of the most charming and unique cities I have visited in Europe. You should definitely spend at least a few days here exploring the little city center, enjoying a cold beer and visiting the hot spas.
If you are short on time then you can quite easily base yourself in Reykjavik and take day trips around the island. The famous Golden Circle tour starts and leaves from Reykjavik every day, costs around 50 Euro and takes about 8 hours.
The city is small but you ideally want to try and base yourself in the “Centrum” area. I stayed in this one here which was a 3-minute walk from the town hall, supermarket and a number of bars.
If you have time and fancy an adventure, then head South to the utterly striking Snaefellsnes Peninsula. The Peninsula is a collection of quaint fishing villages, lava fields, glaciers, black beaches and sprawling fjords.
The Snaefellsnes Peninsula is about 4 hours drive from Reykjavik so you should aim to spend a few nights here exploring in order to make it worth your while.
Best For Northern Lights
The Northern Lights are visible most, clear nights between October – March. They are a natural phenomenon and one of the absolute wonders of two world. To see them, you can either join a Northern Lights tour from Reykjavik or take yourself into nature away from the city lights.
This remote Air B n B is situated 130km from Reykjavik in West Iceland, is an awesome place to see the Northern Lights from the comfort of your own bathtub. Sure, this place is remote but it will be a stay to never forget – perhaps save this for an anniversary or special birthday occasion to make it truly special?!
If you are going to be spending time outside waiting to see the Aurora Borealis, then be absolutely sure to wrap up warm as it gets dangerously cold at night. Dress in layers and bring a thermal underlay like this one from Amazon which I used. It quite honestly saved my life in Iceland and you should not visit without buying yourself a set.
Best For Hitting The Road
One of the best ways to experience Iceland is to rent a vehicle and drive around the whole country in your very own Icelandic Roadtrip. Renting cars in Iceland can get expensive and then you also need to find a budget for accommodation.
Therefore, a great option is to hire out one of the many camper vans listed on Air B n B! Granted, they are not the most luxurious camper-vans on the road but they are comfortable enough and absolutely awesome value for money. Besides that, I promise you that having the absolute freedom to drive around this magical land, and stop for the night absolutely ANYWHERE YOU LIKE is well worth forgoing a few home comforts for!
A full blown, self-guided road tour of Iceland is definitely still a travel dream of mine. If you get the chance to do it, do it. If you are driving in Iceland, be sure to check weather conditions before your journey and to make sure you have the correct vehicle type, and the right tires for the road conditions; Iceland in a camper van is rewarding, but not for the faint hearted!
As well as offering awesome, affordable properties, Airbnb is also now offering Airbnb experiences.
Airbnb experiences are one-of-a-kind activities designed and hosted by locals. Unlike a typical tour or workshop, experiences go beyond the activities themselves. They offer a deep-dive into the local host’s world through their passion.
Discover The Iceland Craft Beer Scene
The Nordics do love a drink (how else are you supposed to pass such a long winter). This tour takes you around some of the best bars in Reykjavik where you get to try some of the locally produced ale. As well the tastings, you get to learn about the brewing process and the renaissance of the Icelandic craft ale scene.
By the way, here is a quick tip. Drinking in bars in Iceland can get expensive. The most affordable way to get loaded is to pick up what you need as soon as you land in the airports, impressive Duty-Free store. I recommend the Einstock Icelandic Ale.
The Blue Lagoon
Even iconic and definitive Icelandic experiences can now be booked and arranged through Air B n B! The Blue Lagoon is a natural thermal spa and where locals and tourists alike mingle and relax. The Blue Lagoon is for many, an unmissable stop on any Iceland tour.
Snorkeling Between The Continents
Situated in the mid-Atlantic between Europe and the US, Iceland is quite literally where these 2 continents meet. You can visit the meeting point of the continents by walking between them as part of the Golden Circle Tour, or if you fancy something more adventurous you can get on your diving gear and snorkel between them with this Experience! Awesome right?
Icelandic Music and Storytelling
I am a big fan of Nordic Mythology (as should any Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones Fan be) and this cultural experience in Reykjavik lets you enjoy some traditional storytelling and folk songs. Priced at only $20 this is a great value experience for anybody fancying a cultural fix presented by an esteemed Icelandic composer and tour guide!
Once again, if you are interested in hiring out any Iceland’s stunning AirBnB’s or enjoying one of the many amazing experiences n offer, then you can sign up via this link here and get $35 free credit!