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Northern Light Inn
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Northern Lights Road 1, Grindavik 240, Iceland   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 hotels in Grindavik
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“Incredibly relaxing stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

Northern Light Inn – We arrived at the Inn early afternoon under a heavy overcast sky and during a ferocious storm. Upon first sighting the Inn nestled in a dark and moss covered lava field, with the backdrop of a very large geothermal power station, my first thoughts were less than complimentary. But, as is said, do not judge a book…… Having previously read reviews about the Inn I was prepared to reserve judgment until I had sampled the interior. I was not to be disappointed. The door was opened for us upon arrival and we were quickly registered and in our room, which was spacious and warm if somewhat sterile in appearance. However, the bed was comfortable, the bathroom both clean and functional. The restaurant which we visited for dinner on each of the 3 nights of our stay looked out onto the power station. Now you may not consider this a picturesque outlook but in the gathering dusk and darkness of night with the steam plumes lit up it provided an other worldly ethereal backdrop to what were excellent dinners. The menu choices varied each night, with on one occasion a specials menu headed by a local lamb dish, and of course the ubiquitous “Catch of the Day”! Prices were of an Icelandic standard but the quality of the food could just about substantiate this. The highlight of each evening was relaxing on the sofa in front of the open fire and finishing off a few glasses of what you fancy. Indeed we availed ourselves of the comfy chairs in the lounge and bar areas on several occasions, looking out at the rain flying horizontally across our vision. We were able to visit the Blue Lagoon and Grindavik, on both occasions being transported by courtesy of the Northern Light Inn. We also did the Golden Circle tour, being picked up from the Inn and transferring to a coach in Reykjavik. This was a long day, 07:45 departure returning at 18:30 but well worth it to see some of Iceland’s more famous landmarks. Finally, if you are looking for a place to relax and unwind you will be hard placed to find anywhere better, although I think the remoteness helped to re-enforce the sit back and relax attitude.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

We loved this hotel , friendly helpful and we even saw the Northern lights on the last night with no coach trip- from their observatory!
All staff were great - rooms were clean and warm - and its really near the blue lagoon - a lovely little walkway we were told about- or a short courtesy drive.
I agree with Dawn W as we too had a late flight in and an early flight out and a full breakfast was provided at 5am!
The chef Berta kindly gave us a lift to her village and showed us around Grindavik too.
Would happily stay again.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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sydney Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

We stayed one night here at the begining of our Iceland stay. The purpose was to both try and be woken up to see the Northern Lights . ( they did not co operate) and to be close to Blue lagoon. We had not been able to stay our first night and so had booked another place in Grindavik ( Steinar- also reviewed elsewhere). So we arrived around 1pm were able to go to our rooms and then drove to Blue Lagoon where we gave back our car and after our visit there( fantastic) the reception at Blue Lagoon phoned Northern Light Inn and within ten minutes we were on our way back. Great service. They also take you to the airport free and bring you back and forth from Blue lagoon to catch the RE bus into Reyjkavik for daily excursions.

We had a lovely room with lava views and also of the power station. The room was very nice and the bathroom and shower was a highlight. We enjoyed the dinner, and breakfast and the ambience. there is a lovely very old dog who is very friendly, and lots of spaces to relax and chill out. I loved the place and met many people who were staying longer and also enjoyed being there.

If you enjoy big trip excursions there is no reason that this inn is inconvenient as Reyjkavik excursions pick up here or at Blue Lagoon for every trip. For us we wanted to spend time in the city itself so did not consider this place as our only stay. But while we were there it was a lovely place with great staff who wanted you to enjoy yourself, and who looked out for you. They even found my medicine and noticed us just waiting to leave and came out and gave it to us. I had not even noticed it missing and was impressed that they remembered us and where we had sat for breakfast.

I would stay again for at least one night, either at begining or end of a stay.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

We stayed here (March 2013) on both our first and last night in Iceland and cannot fault it at all! A lovely lady called Ella took us to and from the airport both times which was a great service to offer. She was such a nice friendly lady who couldn't do enough to help. On both of our stays we had lovely big spacious rooms with very high ceilings. The hotel itself is very peaceful, cosy and relaxing with a lounge, a log fire and an honesty bar. The observatory tower is a great idea... you could sit there and wait for the Northern Lights to appear before heading outside into the cold. We were very lucky to see the lights every night during our stay.

The location of the hotel is also good, although it is in the middle of nowhere, it is close to the airport and next to the Blue Lagoon which was fantastic.
The only one small criticism we had was breakfast. The breakfast room is lovely, light and spacious but the selection was quite limited. Maybe a bit more variety e.g; more cereals and fruit would be a good idea.

All in all, a really lovely hotel with friendly staff and it felt very homely. We were very sad to leave and return to the UK. We were also very sad to hear that lovely Max (the hotel's dog) had passed away during our stay, he will be missed by lots of people!

Would definately recommend this hotel without a doubt!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

We stayed here on our last night in Iceland. We had an 8am flight booked the next morning and the hotels offer of free transportation to the airport (approx 20 mins away) seemed a much more attractive option than stopping in the capital and getting the bus to the airport.

The reviews were mixed, so I wasn't expecting too much, particularly as we had spent 4 nights at the luxurious Hotel Ranga, but I was pleasantly surprised.

Yes, it is quite basic, and the building itself not overly attractive, but there are plenty of positive's that make up for it.

Our room was very large, having a double bed as well as a single bed, the walk in shower looked amazing, although we didn't use it as we went to the Blue Lagoon and showered there. The room was also spotlessly clean.

There were plenty of communal spaces, seating in the reception area where there is free tea and coffee, a large lounge with games, an honesty bar area with more seating, and the upstairs viewing area where we enjoyed a glass of wine in the evening. Free wifi throughout the building too.

We arrived early (around 1.30pm), and there were a lot of people using the facilities who had obviously checked out and were waiting until their flights home. Plenty of room, and ideal if you have time to kill.

The Blue Lagoon is easily walkable, but given the harsh winds and freezing temperatures, we took advantage of the free shuttle bus. There are towels provided to take to the lagoon, and reception will give you a lift whenever you want. When you want to come back, just ask reception at the Blue Lagoon to phone the hotel, by the time you get back to the entrance, they're just pulling up.

We weren't too impressed with the food given the wonderful food we had grown accustomed to in Iceland, however perfectly edible. The views from the restaurant of the black rocky lava flows are quite fascinating though.

The next morning about 20 of us appeared in the restaurant for the early breakfast they had put on for those on the early flight. It was 5am, and impressively it was a varied buffet with cereals, juices, toast and scrambled eggs, even though they didn't officially start breakfast service until much later on.

At approx 5.30am our free shuttle bus appeared to take us all the the airport.

Overall, if I was going to Iceland again I would definitely stop here if arriving late or as a last night.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013 via mobile

I booked a surprise trip to Iceland for my husband's 40th birthday. We had a 3 nite stay at the Northern Light Inn with a visit to the blue lagoon.
I read virtually every review on here before we went and there is a mix of reviews!
Depending on what you are after this place will either suit you or not. For us it was perfect. It is in the middle of nowhere, but we enjoy the quiet.
The blue lagoon is a 10 minute walk from the hotel, through the lava fields and should be done, why get a lift when you can explore!!
There are 3 hills / mountains that surround the hotel, we chose to explore these and walked up all 3 of them in a day, amazing views from the tops with views of the sea and the glaciers.
The hotel was perfect. Clean and comfortable.
Food was delicious but expensive, but that's Iceland. We saw the Northern Lights 3 nites in a row, we were very lucky.
We couldn't fault our stay. For us it suited us perfectly. We didn't get a lift anywhere, for us it's all about exploring on foot.
The power station is mystical and adds to the character of the place, it does not smell as some have said.
Would give this place 10 out of 10.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Steyning, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

Stayed here one night before heading back to the UK. The hotel was all one level and large and airy with spacious, clean, warm rooms. The bathrooms were large, very clean with walk-in showers and heated floors. Food was very good in a fine, spacious restaurant though the views of the local geo-thermic power station were different!
The hotel has an closed, observation area with comfortable seating if you plan to see the Northern Lights. We'd already seen them earlier in our trip but didn't see them this night as the weather turned poor.
Nearby (about 2km away and easily walkable) is the famous Blue Lagoon - see hotel website - which is a 'must' to visit. The hotel provides complimentary shuttle service to this, and to the International Airport at Keflavik.
We had a few hours to kill before we departed to the airport and the hotel recommended a visit to the local fishing village at Grindavik. Unfortunately the weather turned rainy and sleety and there wasn't much to doi in the village apart from visiting the local small but friendly cafe (the hotel shuttle bus drops you off there). There is a local museum about the fishing industry but this only tends to open at weekends during the closed season, otherwise there is not much to see aprt from a small harbour. Perhaps the local fishermen could organise tours of the fish processing plant there - that would have been of interest and I'm sure they could partner with the hotel on this?
A good, comfortable, stop-over hotel conveniently next to the Blue Lagoon but not much else to see around there.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Northern Light Inn

Address: Northern Lights Road 1, Grindavik 240, Iceland
Location: Iceland > Southern Peninsula > Grindavik
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 hotels in Grindavik
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Northern Light Inn 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Northern Light Inn - a wonderful place to see the Aurora Borealis, discover Iceland, and enjoy your getaway vacation. 32 geo-thermally heated rooms, delicious food, a panoramic restaurant, cozy fireplace, free wifi, and family hospitality await you. We're 20 minutes from Keflavik International Airport KEF, 45 from Reykjavik, 3 hours from London, and less than 6 from New York. We offer complimentary scheduled International Airport transfers and free shuttles to the Blue Lagoon - NLI is the only hotel nearby. ... more   less 
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Northern Light Hotel Grindavik
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