These adorable cabins are an absolute gem in northwest Iceland.
Throughout our travels in Iceland, we stayed in an assortment of guesthouses and cottages. I’m really glad that we chose to stay in these wooden huts. Often, we arrived late at night (even though in June, it was still quite light outside) and left early in the morning. Needing only a place to rest our heads and stretch our bodies after lengthy car rides, cozy cottages were a blessing.
From Lambhus Cottages in the southeast, with views of rolling meadows and snow-capped mountains, to our peaceful retreat at Ytri-Vik Cottages in the north, Justin and I slept in some memorable Icelandic cabins. Hvammstangi Cottages in the northwestern tiny town of Hvammstangi was no exception.
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At Hvammstangi Cottages, you’ll find a cluster of several cottages near a small campsite. However, you won’t need to worry about your privacy. While the cottages were all booked up, we rarely saw anyone else. The buildings are staggered and spread out enough that you’ll never feel like crowds of people are around.
Inside the cabin, you’ll find everything you need for a comfortable overnight stay with additional perks. Justin and I thought it was cute that there was a bunk bed. The most difficult decision of the day was deciding who would sleep on the top or bottom bunk. All bed linens and towels were included in our stay.
There was also a couch, a kitchen table with chairs, and a small flatscreen TV.
One of the most important factors in booking our accommodations was having access to a kitchenette. We cooked most of our meals as we traveled using ingredients from the grocery store. While these meals weren’t anything too fancy, it saved us a lot of money. Restaurant dishes are expensive in Iceland, and these extra costs could add up over the two weeks we were there. Hvammstangi Cottages had a small fridge, a cooking hob, plates, cutlery, pots and pans, and a coffee maker.
The bathroom was small, but had everything we needed: a shower, toilet, and sink.
The cabin was equipped with WiFi and heating.
Hvammstangi is a small town, about 7km off the Ring Road (main highway of Iceland). There is one main street that runs through Hvammstangi, and the cottages are just a short distance away. Nearly everything is centrally located in this town as it’s such a small place, and it doesn’t take any time to navigate through it.
Most famous for seal tours and seal watching, it’s also a great stopover on a tour around the Ring Road. We spent a day in Hvammstangi. There was lots to see and it was the perfect place to stop between Akureyri and the Westfjords.
After we spent the day exploring Hvammstangi and the Vatnsnes peninsula, I decided to take a stroll around the property of the cottages. I was captivated by the rolling grassy hills and the small creek that ran alongside our cottage. Walking down the road past the campsite, I stumbled upon a small historic church.
Kirkjuhvammskirkja was constructed in 1882, though the oldest reference to a church being in this spot dates back to 1318. The church hasn’t been in use since 1957, and it is now maintained by the national museum.
There was also a small wooden bridge and more gorgeous scenery, as always. You can count on that being everywhere you look in Iceland.
For more photos of Hvammstangi, please check out our Hvammstangi Iceland travel photo album.
We booked our stay at Hvammstangi Cottages online and it was a self-serve accommodation. This meant that we opened a lock-box to obtain our key, followed the short list of rules of the cottage (clean your dishes and throw away your garbage), and locked up the cabin and the key when we were ready to leave. We didn’t interact with any staff members or anyone during our stay. The cottage was very easy to book and stay overnight at Hvammstangi Cottages. If we had any problems, we could easily get in touch with the owners.
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We adored these cabins and highly recommend that you stay here during your visit to northwest Iceland. Even better, spend a day in Hvammstangi searching for seals, and exploring canyons and waterfalls. After an adventurous day, settle down at Hvammstangi Cottages for a restful night.
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