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Suðurland, Iceland

Suðurland’s stays: the 8 best hotels along Iceland’s south coast

The best hotels along Iceland’s south coast

The south coast of Iceland, known locally as Suðurland, is a realm where nature’s grandeur meets serene hospitality. Hotels along Iceland’s south coast offer guests a unique vantage point to experience the awe-inspiring landscapes, from cascading waterfalls and black sand beaches to the majestic Northern Lights. These accommodations blend seamlessly into the rugged beauty of Suðurland, providing a perfect retreat after a day of exploration. Whether seeking adventure or tranquility, visitors to the hotels on Iceland’s south coast will find unparalleled service, comfort and access to the island’s most breathtaking natural wonders.

Overview: Iceland’s best hotels in Suðurland

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Seljalandsfoss Horizons

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Torfhús Retreat

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Black Beach Suites

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The Greenhouse Hotel

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Hótel Geysir

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Hotel Ránga

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Aurora Igloo

Seljalandsfoss Horizons Hvolsvöllur Suðurland Iceland hotel review
Seljalandsfoss Horizons Hvolsvöllur Suðurland Iceland hotel review

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Seljalandsfoss Horizons

Seljalandsfoss Horizons, on Iceland’s dramatic south coast, offers an immersive experience in nature combined with modern luxury. Established by two local Icelandic families, these eight deluxe lodges are a testament to personalised hospitality, where guests are welcomed into a home rather than just a house. The lodges, designed with Nordic flair and panoramic windows, ensure a comfortable stay. Each unit is a blend of modern and rustic aesthetics, featuring two bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and spacious living areas with large windows to enjoy the surrounding landscapes.

Seljalandsfoss Horizons
Hvolsvöllur
Iceland

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Torfhus Retreat Dalsholt Suðurland Iceland hotel review
Torfhus Retreat Dalsholt Suðurland Iceland hotel review

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Torfhús Retreat

Torfhús Retreat, situated in Iceland’s majestic Golden Circle, offers a unique blend of traditional Icelandic architecture and modern eco-luxury. The Torfhús residences and Torfbaer suites, are built from local stone, reclaimed wood and turf, inspired by the historical Viking farm at Stöng. Each dwelling provides privacy, rustic luxury and stunning views across volcanic plains to snow-capped mountains and the Langjökull glacier. The retreat features private basalt stone hot pools, fully equipped kitchens and spacious living areas. The dining experience at Torfhús focuses on authentic Icelandic cuisine, with ingredients sourced locally. Additionally, the villa option elevates the experience with personal bars, private saunas and the option for private in-villa breakfast and dinner​​​​​​.

Torfhús Retreat
Dalsholt
Iceland

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Black Beach Suites Suðurland Iceland hotel stay

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Black Beach Suites

Black Beach Suites are located in Vík, which is south of the Mýrdalsjökull glacier, one of Iceland’s most picturesque locations. Only 4 km separate the lodging from the black sand beach, which can be seen from the wonderful terrace. Each suite is a fully furnished studio apartment with all the conveniences needed for a private and independent stay. The Superior Delux King Studio is one of our favourites because it has a moody, dark-wood colour scheme that was inspired by the area’s striking black sands. 

Black Beach Suites
Norðurfoss
Iceland

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The Greenhouse Hotel Hveragerði Suðurland Iceland hotel review

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The Greenhouse Hotel

The Greenhouse Hotel, in the heart of Hveragerði, epitomises sustainability and modern comfort. Created by renowned interior designer Hálfdan Pedersen, the hotel’s rooms offer a serene retreat and a vibrant food hall, Mathöll Sudurlands that serves an eclectic mix of cuisines, from Asian dishes to classic Icelandic fare. Sustainability is woven into the fabric of The Greenhouse, from eco-friendly building materials to advanced technology solutions for guest comfort. The hotel also features a variety of shops offering products from Icelandic designers and local producers. The immersive experience is enhanced by surrounding steaming geothermal areas and hiking trails.

The Greenhouse Hotel​
Austurmörk 6
Hveragerði
Iceland

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Hótel Geysir Haukadalur Suðurland Iceland hotel review
Hótel Geysir Haukadalur Suðurland Iceland hotel review

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Hótel Geysir

Hótel Geysir, located at the edge of the geothermal wonders in the historic Haukadalur valley, merges almost seamlessly with the natural landscape with a design that utilises materials that echo the surrounding environment. The hotel boasts 77 rooms and 6 suites, offering guests modern Icelandic styled accommodations with unparalleled views of the geothermal area. The Geysir Restaurant provides a menu that is inspired by local produce, reflecting the natural beauty of the area. With the Geysir geothermal field as its backdrop, guests have direct access to the spectacle of Strokkur geyser and are within easy reach of other Golden Circle attractions, such as Gullfoss waterfall and Thingvellir National Park​​​​​​​​​​.

Hótel Geysir
Haukadalur
Iceland

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Hotel Ránga Hella Suðurland Iceland hotel review

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Hotel Ránga

Hotel Ránga, melds luxury with the rustic allure of its log cabin-style architecture. This 4-star sanctuary boasts continent-themed suites, each uniquely adorned to reflect global cultures, from Asia’s minimalist grace to Africa’s vibrant essence. It’s celebrated for Nordic cuisine with modern flair, highlighting fresh local produce and culinary excellence comparable to top global restaurants. Positioned as an ideal base for Northern Lights exploration, it offers outdoor hot tubs for aurora viewing and an observatory for stargazing. Personalised service ensures an unforgettable experience.

Hotel Ránga
Hella
Iceland

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Aurora Igloo Hella Suðurland Iceland hotel review
Aurora Igloo Hella Suðurland Iceland hotel review

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Aurora Igloo

Aurora Igloo offers a unique overnight experience in Iceland’s wild beauty. About 100 km from Reykjavík, near Hella, it places guests in transparent domes amidst stunning landscapes, aiming for unforgettable views of the northern lights or the midnight sun, depending on the season. These cosy domes blend modern comforts with nature, providing a magical stay with convenient bathroom facilities located nearby. It’s an adventure that promises seclusion, comfort, and a chance to intimately connect with Iceland’s breathtaking wilderness.

Aurora Igloo
Stekkatún 1
Hella
Iceland

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Umi Hotel Hvolsvöllur Suðurland Iceland hotel review
Umi Hotel Hvolsvöllur Suðurland Iceland hotel review

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Umi Hotel

Umi Hotel, set amidst Iceland’s spectacular scenery, blends elegance with nature, offering 28 rooms with either mountain or ocean views. Located about 140 km from Reykjavik, it provides a serene getaway close to natural wonders. Each stay includes free Wi-Fi and a complimentary breakfast buffet. The hotel’s restaurant and bar offer splendid views of Eyjafjallajökull, promising a relaxing experience with top-class food and drinks. For detailed exploration, various tours around Iceland are accessible through the hotel, enhancing the adventure​​.

Umi Hotel
Leirnavegur road nr. 243
Hvolsvöllur
Iceland

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