Iceland’s Northern Lights Inn is literally like something from a movie set. If you follow me on Instagram, a) I love you and b) you’ve probably seen the photo of me sat in the restaurant with what is probably the best breakfast/lunch/dinner view ever (yes, I ate every single meal here and yes, I would do it all over again). Since then, roughly 932 (me? Exaggerate?) of you have asked me where it was, so here is where I will confess my undying love for Iceland’s loveliest hotel: the Northern Lights Inn.
The bed. OMG the bed. My mum and I were kindly hosted by the Northern Lights Inn in one of their Deluxe Rooms and the beds were honestly like sleeping on clouds. Anyone who knows me will tell you I sleep a ridiculous amount, but add 4 hours of daylight and endless hours of hiking into the mix and I NEVER wanted to leave. Seriously, my mum thought I was joking when I asked her to turn the lights out at 7:30pm. Heaven knows I was going to get my money’s worth of that mattress.
As for everything else, the bathroom comes with a rainfall shower, L’Occitane toiletries, and there’s a kettle and mini refreshments for you to use in the lounge/seating area. There’s even an LCD TV with every English channel you can think of.
The only, and I mean only, downside to the room was that room service wasn’t an option. Other than that, I couldn’t fault it.
The food is always the focus of my trips, and the food at the Northern Lights Inn was honestly insane. As in, I had 4 servings of the traditional roast amazing (served in the hotel every Sunday). Iceland is renowned for its lamb, and I mean it when I say it was the best lamb I have ever tasted. We also tried the a la carte menu which was just as delicious, although I obviously wasn’t able to go back for second helpings. BOOOO.
A daily breakfast buffet comes included with your stay at the Northern Lights Inn, and offers everything from smoked salmon to boiled eggs and cereal. As I’ve mentioned plenty of times before, I’m a clean eating freak, so I was pleasantly surprised when the breakfast also offered gluten-free bread and nut milk. Just remember to set your alarm- the darkness can easily throw your body clock off and leave you running the risk of missing breakfast hours. I nearly made that mistake. Nearly made that mistake until I sprinted down the hallway (alone, might I add), to grab one of everything in sight. Again, I’m not one to let the good things go to waste.
Oh, and one more thing- the Northern Lights Inn serves FREE HOMEMADE WAFFLES every single day at 3pm. Yep, really. Just make sure you’re in the lounge area at the right time and you can put in your orders.
In the interim of mealtimes, there’s also an honesty bar where guests can help themselves to snacks including wafers, crisps and nuts, and drinks (alcohol included). Guests are then expected to leave a donation of their choice along with a note of their room number and what they’ve chosen. Now if that doesn’t make you feel well-looked after then you might as well give up now.
The best thing about the Northern Lights Inn has to be its indoor atrium for viewing the Northern Lights from. As you’ve probably guessed from its name, the hotel prides itself on its Northern Light viewing location, but when it’s freezing cold and pitch black outside, an indoor atrium is a dream. On the topic of Northern Lights, the hotel concierge also provide a service whereby guests can opt in to receive a call if the lights start to show after midnight. My mum and I opted in and were ridiculously excited when the phone rang at 3am. See Exhibit A below. Words do not do it justice.
The hotel also plays host to a spa complete with Aurora Float Pool, dry sauna, wet sauna and steam room. Guests staying in Deluxe Rooms can access the spa for free, while others (public included) can pay a small fee to use the facilities. If working out on hols is your thing, there’s also a fitness centre with cross trainer, treadmills and selection of free weights to make use of.
As mentioned a lot in this post, the Northern Lights Inn is located outside of Reyjkavik. That might put you off, but again, have a read of this post for proof that you definitely won’t be short of things to do.
Prices start from £180 per night on a B&B basis in a standard double or twin room.
- Book a table for the Sunday roast. Locals and tourists from nearby hotels flock to the Northern Lights Inn for their renowned Sunday roast, so make sure you book a table. TBH, you should probs make sure you book your trip around this. It was my fave bit about the stay.
- Book a Deluxe Room. I loved using the spa, and a Deluxe Room comes with unlimited access. I’d recommend going during daylight hours if you want the place to yourself (or near enough).
- Ask the hotel concierge for a map of the area. They’ll direct you to local attractions.
- Make use of the free hotel shuttle to the Blue Lagoon. It’s only a 10-minute walk away, but the hotel concierge are happy to take and pick up guests on the hour, every hour. Just make sure you let them know when you plan on returning.
- Don’t fall asleep before midnight. Like I said, the hotel staff are happy to call you when the Northern lights show after the clock strikes 12, but before then, it’s down to you to keep a watch out. Trust me, it’s worth it.
If I had to give a final verdict, I would definitely recommend a stay at the Northern Lights Inn. The only thing I would say is that you probably wouldn’t want to stay for more than 3 or 4 nights if you don’t have much money budgeted for transport around the country- Grindavik is a reasonably small town. If I were to go again, I’d add a stay at another hotel in the Reykjavik area onto the end of the trip.
As always, let me know if there’s anything else you’d like to know!