Top rated rentals — Western Region
Destination guide

Warm, friendly people in a magnificent, chilly landscape

West Iceland is one of the eight regions of a country known for beautiful mountains, impressive volcanoes, and picturesque rivers and fjords. The West is a combination of glorious, unspoiled wilderness, tiny villages, and bustling towns, and the locals have a reputation for hospitality and national pride. Local museums reveal the area’s history as the site of thrilling scenes in historical Icelandic sagas, and rangers guide visitors through the national park on the West’s glacial peninsula. Come for the scenery, stay for more scenery. You’ll never be bored in West Iceland.

Things to do

Homemade ice cream with a side of historic saga

Your West Iceland visit won’t be complete without a trip to the town of Borgarnes and its Settlement Centre museum. This is set in a restored warehouse near the town’s harbor and features exhibits about the history of Icelandic settlements and tells Egil’s Saga, an exciting adventure and one of the first examples of Icelandic literature. Another popular spot for kids of all ages is Erpsstadir, a dairy farm that welcomes guests on tours of the property, where you can meet the cows, chickens, and rabbits before enjoying delicious homemade ice cream.


Rolling hills, steaming swimming pools, and craggy ice caves

On the northern edge of West Iceland is Dalir, a region of rolling grassland perfect for friends or families who crave hiking trails or peaceful dips in geothermally heated outdoor pools. Further south is the Langjokull ice cap, the second largest glacier in Iceland. Locals stress that it’s dangerous to explore the ice cap alone, but guided jeep and snowmobiling trips are wildly popular. If your West Iceland vacation rental is near Husafell, you’re in luck. Tours start there and take visitors into the glacier’s famous ice cave.


Less icy than advertised and summer days that last all night

West Iceland is subarctic. Read: cold. Freezing temps are tempered, however, by the North Atlantic Current, and even in winter, you’ll find lows only in the teens. In summer, highs can be in the 40s or 50s. Most travelers find the long summer days – the sun barely sets at all in late June and early July – impossible to resist, but you can count on finding a West Iceland vacation rental to suit your bargain budget in the winter months. Just bring a fleece or two.

Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Western Region

Travelers enjoy Western Region for its northern lights, mountain views and glaciers. Whether you're looking for exciting outdoor activities or just want to take in the scenery, Western Region is a great place to get out in nature. Here are a few of the area's most enchanting natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Grabrok (8.2 mi / 13.2 km)
  • Deildartunguhver Hot Springs (16.3 mi / 26.2 km)
  • Vidgelmir Lava Tube (29 mi / 46.7 km)
  • Baula (11 mi / 17.8 km)
  • Eldborg (13.8 mi / 22.1 km)
  • Gerðuberg Cliffs (17.5 mi / 28.1 km)

What are the top vacation rentals in Western Region?

Luxury villas, unique treehouses and spacious homes — everyone's ideal place to stay is different. Whatever your style, you're sure to find something that makes your heart skip a beat among these top vacation rentals in Western Region:

  • "Luxury House With Hot Tub Close To Snæfellsnes National Park Iceland Top Five": This Western Region rental offers 3 bedrooms and is rated highly among visitors. Amenities such as a water park and a TV help make your stay comfortable.
  • "Cosy Cottage With Large Wooden Deck": Stay a week or so at this property in Hvalfjarðarsveit and you'll have access to towels, a nearby beach and more. It has 2 bedrooms to accommodate the ones you love.

For even more great options, use the search bar at the top of the page to find the perfect Western Region vacation rental for you.

Can I find log cabins to rent in Western Region?

Choose a stunning log cabin from the many scattered in or near Western Region and you'll soon be inside your wooden hideaway, vino in hand, relaxing next to a crackling fire. But adventure is right outside your door too. These cabins promise the perfect blend of fun and comfort:

  • "King Of The Hill Log Cabin In The Golden Circle With Panoramic Views": Enjoy a few days relaxing and resting at this superb vacation home in nature. Once you're feeling revitalized, enjoy kayaking or surfing and boogie boarding, which are among the fun things to do in this area.
  • "Cedar Log Cabin, 4 Bed, Golden Circle": After a fun day of trying out some popular local pastimes, such as rafting and fishing, recharge your batteries at this top-rated property.

What are the top-rated vacation rentals for weekend getaways in Western Region?

After a long week at work, a whirlwind escape brimming with adventure will be exactly what you need to raise your spirits. Take a peek at these awesome weekend getaways in Western Region where you can squeeze some serious fun into your stay:

  • Book a break at "Luxury, Modern, Amazing River/mountain View With Hot Tub. Winter" in Western Region and make use of all its creature comforts. But of course a weekend getaway isn't only about putting your feet up. Get out and see cool natural attractions such as Deildartunguhver Thermal Spring and The Settlement Centre. Cycling and hiking and biking are some fun activities to try around here too.
  • Alternatively, book a few nights or longer at "Beautiful Home Between Glacier And Sea" in Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Here, you'll be perfectly placed to explore Kirkjufell Mountain and Kirkjufellsfoss. There are some fun activities to keep you active too, including cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.

Can I find short term rentals in Western Region?

With Vrbo's terrific range of short-term rentals in Western Region, you're bound to find a property that's a perfect match. Whether you're after somewhere to unwind on your own or to have fun with old friends, these options are tough to beat:

  • Stay near the center of Western Region and spend your days visiting the area's top sights from "Luxury, Modern, Amazing River/mountain View With Hot Tub. Winter". Along with its convenient location, this escape has everything you need to make your vacation nice and comfortable.
  • Another popular option is "Beautiful Home Between Glacier And Sea" in Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Whether you're breaking up a road trip or enjoying a few nights away, this comfortable vacation rental will make you feel at home.

What are the best romantic weekend getaways in Western Region?

A romantic weekend getaway in Western Region is sure to stir up passions. Scatter some rose petals, grab your honey by the hand and let the sparks fly at one of these escapes:

  • "Luxury House With Hot Tub Close To Snæfellsnes National Park Iceland Top Five" in Western Region will convince you to make romantic weekends away a regular thing. Nice touches here include beauty services and shopping facilities.
  • Alternatively, plan a loved-up weekend away at "Cosy Cottage With Large Wooden Deck". Located in Hvalfjarðarsveit, it offers outdoor furniture, air conditioning and other bonuses.

What are the best large group vacation rentals in Western Region?

If you're planning to take that special trip away, don't travel by yourself; bring the whole gang along. You'll have loads more fun sharing the experience with your friends and family. These vacation rentals in Western Region are perfect for larger groups:

  • "Two Luxury Houses For 16 Guests With Hottubs Close To Snæfellsjökull Glacier": This popular vacation rental is a terrific option for large groups wanting to stay in Western Region. It has 7 bedrooms and amenities that include a garden and a water park.
  • "Luxury House With A Cozy Guesthouse + Hot Tub Close To Snæfellsnes National Park": You'll get your team's nod of approval at this Western Region option which features a garden, mountain views and more. It has 6 bedrooms that will easily sleep all your guests.

What are the best houses for rent with a pool in Western Region?

You'll have your choice of houses with a pool in Western Region, so slip on your swimsuit and get ready to spend your days enjoying yourself in the water. Here are two top options that are sure to entice you:

  • The pool at "Luxury House With Hot Tub Close To Snæfellsnes National Park Iceland Top Five" is guaranteed to add a whole new level of fun to your break. Located in Western Region, this rental home also features a stereo and childrens activities.
  • "Two Luxury Houses For 16 Guests With Hottubs Close To Snæfellsjökull Glacier" in Western Region is also a hit with guests. There's lots to love about this property apart from its pool, such as childrens activities and a dining table.

What are the best large family vacation rentals in Western Region?

The first step to a fantastic family getaway is finding the right place to stay. If you want a home away from home with enough space for everyone, one of our large family vacation rentals in Western Region will be just what you've been dreaming of:

  • Located in Western Region, "Luxury House With Hot Tub Close To Snæfellsnes National Park Iceland Top Five" has 3 bedrooms and can fit up to 8 guests. Quality amenities at this spacious rental include a garden and childrens activities.
  • "Luxury, Modern, Amazing River/mountain View With Hot Tub. Winter" in Western Region is another popular option. It caters for up to 10 guests and features 4 bedrooms. A dishwasher and a garden will help keep your gang comfortable and happy.

Eager for some local entertainment? There are tons of family-friendly attractions in Western Region to pick from, like Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. Eldborg is also a fave with families.

Can I find family cabin rentals in Western Region?

If you're arranging a trip with the family, choose one of these cabin rentals in Western Region and give the kiddos a vacation they'll always remember:

  • "Beautiful Cabin In Húsafell In Iceland" - Located in Western Region, this pleasant escape comes with creature comforts such as a fridge and coffee and tea making facilities.
  • "Cabin - Tiny House For 2 Persons At Town's End" - Amenities like a kitchen and free toiletries also make this a top pick with families. Escape to this Mosfellsbaer cabin and enjoy some time in the outdoors.

For more options, use the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to find the Western Region vacation rental that's perfect for your needs.

Are there one-bedroom vacation rentals in Western Region?

From cozy cabins to sprawling villas to everything in between, Vrbo has properties in all shapes and sizes. If you don't need loads of space, one of these one-bedroom vacation rentals might be ideal for you:

  • Bunk down for a few nights at "Hverinn - Sælureitur í Sveitinni Apartment For Up To 5 Persons" and discover the best bits of Borgarnes. This one-bedroom escape comes with a kitchen, a garden and other amenities to make your getaway a pleasant one.
  • "A Lovely Cottage On The Banks Of Laxá River" in Hvalfjarðarsveit is another superb property where you can stay, play and sleep in comfort. Top amenities include a water view and a sauna.

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