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Destination guide

Experience Iceland with exclusive holiday lets

From stylish cities to cinematic scenery, Iceland ticks all the boxes. Everywhere you look you'll be dazzled by ice-capped volcanoes, sparkling glaciers and geothermal lagoons, not to mention the mesmerising aurora borealis. Whether you're planning a romantic city break in Reykjavik or an epic tour of the legendary Ring Road, Iceland holiday rentals provide an ideal base for exploring this transfixing Nordic destination.

History

Discover Viking history with Iceland holiday homes

Some 40 kilometres north-east of your Reykjavik holiday home, UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park offers a glimpse of Iceland's fierce Viking routes. It's set in a lush rift valley and anchored by Law Rock, a rugged outcrop where Althing, the world's first democratic parliament, was formed. Iceland is also loaded with archaeological sites, like The Settlement Exhibition, which houses the ruins of a 10th-century Viking longhouse.

Outdoor activities

Outdoor adventures with Iceland holiday rentals

Iceland is a nature lover's nirvana: You can gaze up at thundering waterfalls in Hornstrandir, stroll along red sandy beaches in Westfjords and hike amid ancient lava fields in Snaefellsjokull National Park. Set high on Iceland's north-eastern tip, holiday cottages in the tiny village of Husavik put you in the country's whale-watching capital. In summer, boats sail into Skjalfandi Bay and get you up close to breaching humpbacks, majestic minkes and, if you're lucky, enormous blues. West Iceland's Snaefellsnes Peninsula is a Mecca for orcas, while the rugged Latrabjarg Peninsula offers some of the world's best puffin-watching opportunities.

How to get around

Navigating Iceland from your holiday rental

The quintessential way to see Iceland is to rent a car and explore the Ring Road, a 1,300-kilometre route showcasing the country's top sights, attractions and experiences. Camper vans offer a unique chance to sleep under the stars, though if you don't want to compromise on comfort, book remote Iceland holiday cottages, where you can watch the aurora borealis dancing from your porch. Iceland is serviced by a network of long-distance buses that will get you to popular Ring Road destinations, as well as larger towns in Westfjords, Eastfjords, Reykjanes and Snaefellsnes.

Food & drink

Bite into Iceland's adventurous food scene

Over the past few years, Iceland has enjoyed a foodie renaissance. In cosmopolitan Reykjavik, chef-owned restaurants champion farm-fresh ingredients, freshly caught seafood and time-honoured recipes. Adventurous eaters will get thrills sampling traditional Icelandic fare, like reindeer burgers, preserved shark and sour ram's testicles, while beer aficionados can sample brews crafted with wild mountain flowers and Arctic herbs.

Essential info

Essential info for your Iceland holiday rentals stay

  • Stock up on Icelandic krona at local ATMs
  • Pack plenty of active wear, as Iceland offers endless opportunities for outdoor adventure
  • High season spans June to August, when Iceland enjoys long days and plenty of sunshine. Visit in May or September for thinner crowds, lower prices and beautiful weather
  • Break up your time in the city with a few nights in a secluded holiday home, boasting stunning views of the Icelandic countryside
Events

Attend top events with Iceland holiday homes

From earth-shaking heavy metal festivals to cultural holidays, Iceland knows how to fill its annual events calendar. Summer ushers in festival season, when you can attend eclectic events like the Hafnarfjorour Viking Festival, Siglufjorour Folk Music Festival and legendary Reykjavík Culture Night, which sees the capital explode in a sea of street art, live music and fireworks. Rocking out since 1999, November's Iceland Airwaves is one of the world's top stages for up-and-coming musicians. Whether you're attending a big-name festival or an offbeat event, be sure to book your Iceland holiday rental well in advance.

Shopping

Boutique shopping near your Iceland holiday let

While Iceland's breathtaking natural beauty tends to steal the spotlight, there's plenty of hype surrounding its retail scene. In Reykjavik, a trendy thoroughfare called Laugavegur is lined with co-op fashion boutiques, designer homewares stores and whimsical vintage emporiums. For the ultimate Icelandic souvenir, take home an artisan "lopapeysa", a jumper with a distinctive design on the yoke, knitted from Icelandic sheep wool.

Can I find a vacation rental around Iceland?

Yes, our 2021 property listings offer a large selection of 840 vacation rentals near Iceland. From 137 cabins to 137 cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Iceland for a holiday or a weekend are on Vrbo.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Iceland?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Iceland. From Vrbo UK travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Reykjavik: 386 vacation rentals
  • Hlíðar: 169 vacation rentals
  • Norðurmýri: 159 vacation rentals
  • Hafnarfjordur: 358 vacation rentals
  • Capital Region: 372 vacation rentals

And Vrbo UK offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Iceland! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Iceland?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Iceland:

  • Reykjavik: 386 rentals
  • Hafnarfjordur: 358 rentals
  • Akureyri: 44 rentals
  • Selfoss: 216 rentals
  • Kopavogur: 364 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Iceland?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Iceland are:

  • Reykjavik (KEF-Keflavik Intl.): 15 vacation rentals
  • Reykjavik (RKV-Reykjavik Domestic): 379 vacation rentals
  • Akureyri (AEY): 47 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Iceland?

Vrbo UK offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Iceland. From Vrbo UK travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Reykjavik: 386 rentals
  • Ishestar Riding Tours: 373 rentals
  • Thingvellir National Park: 95 rentals
  • Snaefellsjoekull National Park: 24 rentals
  • Kerid Crater: 165 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Iceland listed on Vrbo UK where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Iceland

Capital Region
372 holiday rentals
Southern Region
226 holiday rentals
Western Region
101 holiday rentals
Northeastern Region
68 holiday rentals
Westfjords
15 holiday rentals
Eastern Region
20 holiday rentals