Bear with me, this review is kind of long, but the guesthouse & the hostess deserve praise of the highest kind!
My boyfriend and I planned on traveling around the entire island, but our plans were completely ruined when we woke up in Kirkjubaejarklaustur & found ourselves in the middle of the volcanic eruption of Grimsvotn! We emailed the hostess Jóhanna & she kindly changed our reservations to earlier to accommodate our changed plans.
First, let me start by saying that the guesthouse is so cute! It's cheery and warm even though the rooms are at ground level. The rooms are decorated in a charming way with artwork by local artists on the walls. We stayed in sleeping bag accommodation & it was a great deal (by far the best deal we found in Iceland). There is a little communal kitchen to prepare food in & a fridge that you can leave things in, which we took advantage of. Akranes is a nice town with a delicious bakery that smells like heaven & it is pretty close to Reykjavik and other day trips (hike Glymur, if you get a chance). It was a wonderful home base for the two of us.
The absolute BEST part of our trip was meeting the hostess Jóhanna Leópoldsdóttir! She came downstairs to chat both nights that we stayed and was very interesting and fun to talk to. She was so kind & gave us incredibly helpful advice when we had trouble canceling our reservation at a different hotel in Reykjavik. Even after we came home from Iceland, she sent us the names and contact information for a couple of people that she thought could help us sort out our issue with the other hotel.
If you are looking for a fancy, hands-off hotel with no interaction with your hosts this is not the place for you. If you are looking to meet down-to-earth Icelandic people, stay in a warm, friendly environment, and have a fun stay, this is a great place to do so. I would recommend especially to families & young couples or friends traveling together.
P.S. Jóhanna is an amazing artist & has cards available for sale. We bought a bunch depicting the local mountain, which was a really cool souvenir.
- Also Known As:
- The Little Guesthouse By The Ocean Iceland/Akranes