During summer in Iceland, you can witness the country come alive with vibrant colors and long days filled with sunshine that showcases the country at its best. The midnight sun is one of the most remarkable experiences. With 24 hours of daylight, you can take advantage of the extended hours to explore all that this Nordic island offers. Add the opportunity to see the country in bloom, soak in warm water thermal pools, hike or horseback ride through flower-filled meadows, or attend a summer music festival, it’s easy to understand why people choose to visit in the warmer months. Peak season, however, is hideously expensive. But if you have your heart set, booking an Airbnb in Iceland can help keep your budget in check. It allows you to prepare meals at home and lets you experience what it would be like to actually live in such an otherworldly landscape. Here are some of the best homes on Airbnb with spectacular views and outdoor space perfect for your summer vacation.
Jaw-Dropping Iceland Airbnbs for a Bucket List Summer Vacation
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Luxe villa near downtown Reykjavik
Ok, so we are coming in strong here with this four-bedroom villa, but keep in mind this could be split between eight adults. It’s also a really great place to start your vacation, especially if you have an Iceland road trip in mind. No matter how long you’re staying, or which way you’re going, flying in and out of the Reykjavík–Keflavík Airport is a given. This is also the best place to rent a car. So basing yourself in Reykjavik for a day or two is smart.
This luxe villa sits next to an 8,000-year-old lava field and is a short 15-minutes to downtown Reykjavik where you can explore museums, markets, and eateries. The four-bedroom is surrounded by trees and beautiful lawns and the floor-to-ceiling windows bring the outside in. Drenched in natural light, this opulent pad has everything you need and more. Expect modern five-star fixtures, furnishings, soft furnishings, and modern art. To kick off your summer vacation, it does not get more baller than this.
Eight guests, four bedrooms
Price: $4,156 per night
Hilltop house in Kjósarhreppur
This beautiful hilltop house is part of Hvammsvik Nature Resort and Hot Springs. One of the most amazing things about Hvammsvik is that it is so close to Reykjavik (40 minutes) but feels like an entire world of its own. The gated estate offers visitors a unique opportunity to experience the beauty of Icelandic nature while enjoying eight natural hot springs and a steam cave.
The house is luxurious and rustic, peppered with high-quality art and furniture. It has 360 degree panoramic views from its elevated position overlooking the Whale Fjord bay and the surrounding mountain ridge. There’s a private natural hot spring steps from the house and another geothermal hot spring at the edge of the ocean. As an added bonus, guests get a 25 percent discount on admission to Hvammsvik Hot Springs.
Six guests, three bedrooms
Price: $1,413 per night
Luxury riverfront villa in Hveragerði, Olfus
Set next to a peaceful river, this villa is an ideal vacation rental for a group of adults or a family. It’s located just under 30 miles east of Reykjavik in the charming town of Hveragerði. Set in the Reykjadalur Valley and surrounded by countless hiking trails and excellent fishing, this area of Iceland is at its best in summer.
The house is also beautiful. With plenty of outdoor space and views along the river and mountains beyond. It’s also a house for entertaining. There’s a well-equipped kitchen with a large granite island, a hot tub on the deck, and outdoor dining table and chairs.
Ten guests, four bedrooms
Price: $864 per night
Three bedroom Airbnb in Mosfellsbær
This three-bedroom cabin is in a very peaceful location outside of the small town of Mosfellsbær and fifteen minutes away Reykjavík. Colloquially known as “the green town”, Mosfellsbær is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes and unique architecture in the region. The town is surrounded by mountains and hills with lush green valleys. The weather here can be unpredictable throughout the year, but generally speaking, summers temperatures are pleasant and there are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy. It’s also a great base for those wanting to explore the Golden Triangle route.
The timber-clad house has epic views over the region and stylish deigned-focused decor throughout. White walls are accented with traditional Nordic artwork, light fixtures, and furnishings. There’s also a lovely outdoor decked area with a grill. But the floor-to-ceiling windows will allow you to enjoy the outstanding view from the comfort of the living room and kitchen.
Eight guests, three bedrooms
Price: $786 per night
Waterfall lodge in Borgarfjörður
This lodge has views overlooking the Laxfoss waterfall, and Mount Baula towering over the Norðurá-valley to the North and the Skarðsheiði mountain range to the South. Located in Borgarfjörður, an hour’s drive from Reykjavík, this region has multiple glaciers, canyons, and rock formations ideal for those who enjoy the outdoors (especially hiking and kayaking.)
The Airbnb is a family-home that was built in the 1920’s and has recently been renovated with respect to its history. There are two double bedrooms, one single bedroom and a small room with a bunk bed for children. The living area includes a large dining table, seating area with a marvellous view and a fully equipped kitchen.
Five guests, four bedrooms
Price: $723 per night
Stunning cabin in Húsafell
This lovely cottage is in Húsafell is in a picturesque village in the Borgarfjörður district of west Iceland. Although the property has enormous windows and is flooded with light, it is very private. Outside there is a spacious decked area with a hot tub and seating. It’s also near Langjokull Glacier — the second-largest ice cap in Iceland — and the beautiful waterfalls of Hraunfossar, Barnafoss and the lava cave of Surtshellir are a few miles away. Located only 75 miles from Reykjavik, this is a peaceful retreat ideal for those who want to go off the grid.
Six guests, three bedrooms
Price: $585 per night
Architectural house near Akureyri
The villa is located in the exclusive residential area with a view over the bay and Akureyri. Akureyri is a short 10 minute drive away. Nicknamed “the capital of North Iceland,” the scenic town is known for its cool and cosmopolitan vibe. It is also directly on the Ring Road in the northern part of Iceland.
The house is split into three apartments, and this two-bedroom unit is the largest. There is a living area, with a kitchen, bedroom and bathroom on the first floor. The second bedroom in the loft area. The decor is minimalist and chic with natural wood floors, tall windows, and sleek furniture.
Four guests, two bedrooms
Price: $213 per night
Ocean villa in Buhamar
Located in the small town of Buhamar in the archipelago of the Westman Islands (Vestmannaeyjabær), this modern villa offers one of the best views of the region. The Westman Islands are known for their incredible natural beauty and diverse wildlife. There are many activities to do here such as boat excursions and whale and birding watching tours. You can also explore the volcanic landscape on foot or take a tour of the Eldheimar Museum which showcases artifacts from the 1973 volcano eruption that destroyed much of the main island of Heimaey. Each villa sleeps up to 11 and has a modern, stylish decor and a hot tub on the deck area where you can take in the summer sun and outstanding views.
Eleven guests, four bedrooms
Price: $738 per night