Ytri Vik Cottages is a little slice of paradise in North Iceland.
This is the most beautiful place we have ever stayed to date. And this is no exaggeration.
We stayed at Ytri Vik Cottages about halfway through our two week road trip in Iceland. After a week on the road, we were looking for a spot to rest and relax for a couple of nights. Ytri Vik was perfect in every way.
Ytri Vik Cottages are about a half hour outside of the biggest city in north Iceland, Akureyri. The property is tranquil, quiet, and private. The cottages are in the middle of Icelandic countryside. The Ytri Vik Lodge, the red and white house, is a renovated farmhouse dating back to 1929. We stayed in one of the seven log cabins on site.
Every log cabin at Ytri Vik Cottages has a veranda, a kitchen, a private geothermal hot tub, and outdoor barbecue facilities. The kitchen is completely outfitted with everything that you’ll need to cook a meal and store your ingredients – a fridge, stove, microwave, small appliances, coffee maker, pots and pans, plates and bowls, and cutlery. Our cottage was called Hlíð.
Our cabin had two bedrooms and a sleeping loft. Between six and eight people could comfortably stay here. The living room was very comfortable with a large couch, blankets, and even a flatscreen TV. The bathroom was modern and clean. Our log cabin felt cozy, just like home.
Wi-Fi Internet was available, although the best signal was at the farmhouse. This meant that we had to walk down to the farmhouse from time to time. It was no bother at all, as this meant that we had more opportunities to soak up the stunning scenery.
The porch extends from the front of the cottage around to the side of the home. There’s a private geothermal hot tub at the side, along with a barbecue and a patio. We loved relaxing in the hot tub, admiring our spectacular surroundings.
THE BEST BIRTHDAY
I spent my birthday staying here and I chose to spend most of the day right at Ytri Vik Cottages. We drove into Akureyri to walk around town and we ate a delicious vegan meal at a local restaurant. Otherwise, Justin and I took the day to unwind. After spending several hours each day in the car exploring Iceland’s natural wonders, we put our feet up here and took it easy.
Ytri Vik Cottages are right next to the sea, west of the Eyjafjörðu fjord. We savored views of snow-capped mountains, calm waters, and a sea of wildflowers. One morning, I looked out to the water and noticed a whale passing by – who knew that you could go whale watching right from your own cabin? Walking to the edge of the sea, I witnessed families of ducks with their babies out for a swim.
We were very lucky that there was a last minute cancellation, and we were the only ones staying at the property for the entire two days. We had this entire dreamy place to ourselves. Even if there were other guests staying at Ytri Vik, the cottages are spaced pretty far apart and they’re very secluded.
I remember soaking in the hot tub with a cold beer in my hand, feeling so grateful. Our travels brought us to such a special, magnificent place in the world.
LAND OF THE MIDNIGHT SUN
We stayed up late on my birthday to watch the sunset. I wanted to watch the sun go down, which doesn’t entirely happen in Iceland during the summer months. It never gets fully dark outside, though we watched the sun travel beneath the horizon at almost 1:00am. Streaks of orange and pink filtered across the sky. The light crept behind the mountains and the sun didn’t stay down for very long.
Check out our entire travel photo album of Ytri Vik Cottages and Akureyri in north Iceland.
Ytri Vik Cottages are not only an accommodation, but a destination in themselves. At the halfway point through our Iceland holiday, this was the best place to unwind. Our log cabin truly felt like home. The scenery was beyond breathtaking. We absorbed views of the mountains, glistening waters, and the tranquil countryside. It was very difficult to leave such an astoundingly peaceful and beautiful place, though we road was calling us. This was an exceptional pit stop and resting place during our adventures around Iceland.
Ytri Vik Cottages
On Road 82 about 19 km north of Road 1,
30 km from Akureyri and 14 km from Dalvík
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Thank you so much to Ytri Vik Cottages for hosting our stay. Our opinions, as always, are entirely our own.