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Iceland Accommodation: An Evening at the Charming Hotel Budir

After a beautiful winter day driving in the country roads of Iceland, I came across a stretch of icy roads that was unlike anything I had ever experienced. The combination of high wind from the mountains, black ice on the road, and night time driving was not ideal for this solo female traveler. I didn’t feel safe in the vehicle I was driving to make the trek back to Reykjavik.

As it turns out, Hotel Budir couldn’t have been more perfectly placed. I walked in to check with reception about the road conditions and was warmly greeted. The staff was incredibly helpful and honest about advising not to travel in the given conditions. I could tell that they genuinely cared about my safety, not just tried to rent me a room for the night.Although I had every intention of driving home that evening, I felt that staying was the right thing to do given the conditions. The moment I made my decision to stay, I felt so relieved. Now I could enjoy a nice meal, and I have a warm comfy place to sleep so I would be rested to continue the journey home in the morning.

Even though there was a large group staying in the hotel that evening and the dining room was booked, they made room for me to have dinner. I had the most delicious fish soup with a warm homemade bread basket on the side.

The sleeping quarters are cozy and comfortable, and I had a gorgeous view from my room. For a hotel in the middle of Iceland, the charm level of this place is off the charts!

Besides the sleeping rooms and restaurant, there are plenty of welcoming areas to relax. The cozy fire places and plenty of sitting areas will make you want to crawl up with a good book or spend time chatting with friends.

Iceland Accomodation: An Evening at the Charming Hotel Budir in Snaefellsnes Peninsula, West Iceland | Life With a View

Iceland Accomodation: An Evening at the Charming Hotel Budir in Snaefellsnes Peninsula, West Iceland | Life With a View
The gorgeous views between the mountains and the sea will make you want to put your hiking boots on and grab your camera for a day full of exploring.

Iceland Accomodation: An Evening at the Charming Hotel Budir in Snaefellsnes Peninsula, West Iceland | Life With a View After a long day of sight seeing on the Snæfellsnes peninsula, relax with a drink at the bar. The full bar menu includes local craft beer, hand picked bottles of wine, and an impressive selection of whiskey.

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Iceland Accomodation: An Evening at the Charming Hotel Budir in Snaefellsnes Peninsula, West Iceland | Life With a View
And of course one of the biggest advantages of being out in the middle of Iceland is catching the incredible aurora. They were so unbelievably beautiful and big that night, and being away from the light pollution of the city helps so much! They still take my breath away every time.
(tip: when you check into your room, make sure to be put on the “aurora alert” so they will call your room if there is any lights activity!)
Finally, to top off the wonderful stay feast on this delicious complimentary Icelandic breatkfast! A generous arrangement of fresh salmon, fruits and veggies, cheeses and breads, and of course coffee, left me fueled up and ready for the drive home!

Iceland Accomodation: An Evening at the Charming Hotel Budir in Snaefellsnes Peninsula, West Iceland | Life With a View When all was said and done, everything worked out and Hotel Budir saved the day! I have to thank the amazing staff for being so helpful and welcoming. I couldn’t think of a more wonderful place to have to spend the night. And I am happy to be home safe!

While you’re in the area, make sure to check out:
-Budir church
-Views of the Snæfellsjökull glacier
-Walking trails through lava field along along the coast
-Hike to the top of the glacier in summer // snowmobile in winter theglacier.is
-Any of the beautiful attractions around Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Note: Hotel Budir and the surrounding area is a very popular destination for weddings and special events. Be sure to plan accommodations well in advance, especially during peak months of June-August.

Interested in reserving a room at Hotel Budir? Check availability below and start planning your stay!



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  • Kaelene
    February 12, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    I want to stay here! It looks like Icelandic charm at its best!

    • Jeannie
      February 16, 2016 at 9:39 pm

      It really is! I’m lucky it was in the right place at the right time!

  • Emma
    February 13, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    Every single post I read about Iceland just makes my heart yearn a little more…

    • Jeannie
      February 16, 2016 at 9:40 pm

      Take it as a sign 🙂 Not to mention flights from London to Iceland are very reasonable!

  • Van
    February 14, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    I’d love to stay at this hotel – those views seem amazing!! I’ve never actually stumbled into a hotel and decided to stay ever – I always need everything to be planned out – but I would love to give it a try once 🙂

    • Jeannie
      February 16, 2016 at 10:25 pm

      It was my first time as well! It was kind of fun because of that, but mostly just a relief to get off the road!

  • Rachel
    February 15, 2016 at 1:37 am

    Oh those Northern Lights look so incredible! I love the look of this little hotel too. What beautiful views you’re surrounded by!

    • Jeannie
      February 16, 2016 at 10:25 pm

      The northern lights sure were a nice bonus! I guess the stay was just meant to be 🙂

  • Jennie
    February 15, 2016 at 7:08 am

    Budir- oh yes! This is pure magic! The location, the views, the rooms, the food…………………….I love Everything about it 🙂
    Im glad to read that you stopped driving and stayed the night!

    • Jeannie
      February 16, 2016 at 9:41 pm

      Thanks Jennie! I know this place has everything, it’s almost too good to be true!

  • Bailey
    February 8, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    Got any good hotel recommendations in Reykjavik? Preferably with a private bathroom, and nothing too expensive. Thanks in advance!

    • Jeannie
      February 23, 2017 at 9:08 am

      Backpackers hostel is where we stayed on our trip. Kex hostel is also great!