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Hotel Budir

Last updated: 13 December, 2022

This wonderful hotel in the countryside, two hours’ drive from Reykjavik, is the best place to stay for a true Icelandic wilderness experience.

From its rooms, you can look out onto ancient volcanoes, a mystical glacier and a lagoon where seals play; beyond it an empty sandy beach stretches out to the Atlantic, and soft-furred Icelandic horses huddle together in the wind.

The hotel’s country-style decor is idiosyncratic. Parts of the hotel date back to 1948 and the decor is traditional Icelandic. Images of whales, local flora and fauna and ancient legends hang on the walls.

The restaurant is pricey but the locally-inspired cuisine is excellent. There’s also a cosy, characterful bar – perfect for a relaxing drink after a long day of outdoor adventure.

Surrounding area

The hotel is on the Snaefellsnes peninsula outside Reykjavik and reached by a long single-track road.

The surrounding area is dramatic: ancient volcanic mountains, craters, Snaefellsjokull glacier, the wild Atlantic and a scattering of small farms. Orcas are often spotted off the coast here.

There is a small town nearby with limited shops and tourist activities. You come here for the wilderness experience – it’s quiet, pristine and the views are exhilarating.


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General amenities

Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room amenities

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Hot tub (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed