Unless you are considering camping as the main means of staying in Iceland you should book a hotel before you book a flight. PIC utrechtman

Unless you are considering camping as the main means of staying in Iceland you should book a hotel before you book a flight. PIC utrechtman

A quick trip to fancy Iceland might sound a mighty good idea these days. After all, not a media of record in the western world has not crowned this place THE PLACE this year and even New York Times recommends visiting before its too late.

By this they mean the plans of the government to turn yet more wilderness under water with damming. The same wilderness you guys come to see and appreciate.[blockquote type=”blockquote_line” align=”right”]no matter how deep your pockets, there is simply no room for you[/blockquote]

But wait! Before you book the flight which can often be had pretty cheap from Europe (one-way tickets available with easyJet, Norwegian and others from many cities down to 80€ / 100$) consider searching for accommodation first. In fact, you must secure accommodation first unless staying on the streets is your idea of a good holiday.

You see, although every entrepreneur with money to spend has built, is building or has converted his place to a guesthouse or a hotel these last four years or so there is still a horrible shortage of hotels available in the summertime. In fact, this shortage is why you´ll find one night stay at basic one-star hotels or worse for 300 to 600$ these days. If you´re lucky that is.

More often, you´ll find there are no available hotel rooms anywhere. Just search Expedia as we did and pick other places than Reykjavik city, which is the only place with more than a couple of big hotels. You will find no matter how deep your pockets, there is simply no room for you.

What to do? Either stay in Reykjavik and do the weekend stuff or better yet, postpone your whole trip. Either come in September or later when things have quieted down or simply come next summer and book accommodation well in advance.

One week stay for two in the East of Iceland in beginning of August:

icehotels7

Nope. Sorry, we´re all booked to the hilt

One week stay for two in the Northwest of Iceland in the beginning of August:

husa

No dice. To see the famous whales of Skjalfandafloa near Husavik your best bet is staying an hour away.

Therefore, you should really book accommodation BEFORE you shop for flights unless you go for the sterilized package tours offered by many. Check out our hotel search below well in advance of arriving and you might find a decent bed without maxing out your credit card.