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“Excellent Hotel - Friendly staff and amazing food!”
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Northern Light Inn
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Grindavik
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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“Excellent Hotel - Friendly staff and amazing food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2013

My expectations for this hotel were far exceeded by the excellent service, spacious rooms and incredible food that we had while we stayed. The rooms were huge and immaculate, the honesty bar and group areas that you could relax in during the evening ensured a great trip. We were a group of 10 coming in on different flights and meeting up at different points and the hotel was able to ensure seamless transfers from the airport/hotel/blue lagoon without a problem and went out of their way to ensure that we had an excellent trip. We had lunch at the hotel and with very short turn around before our flight and not only did they serve the food exactly to the time they promised, it was superb - I'm not sure cod anywhere else will be able to live up to the breaded fish they served here! The landscape is stunning and having the power plant in the back ground doesn't detract from the scenery. It adds a little James Bond flavour to the whole stay!

I can not recommend this place high enough. We had a great trip in large part down to the hotel here.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
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Tonsberg, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013

Close to the Blue Lagoon, this is the place to stay! The hotel is new, light, have spacious rooms and public aeraes of high quality. A honesty bar where you can get yourself a beer or a drink and pay when you leave, are a very relaxing way to treat people and show that the guests are trusted.

The sunday dinner with roasted lamb is the best we ever eaten in a restaurant, the breakfast great and the people are friendly and helpful.

This hotel is a must when you visit Iceland and the Blue Lagoon

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Littleton, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

The staff at the hotel were great. They picked us up from the airport at 3 am and drove us to the hotel where a very clean room awaited us. Later, they drove us to the Blue Lagoon and picked us up a few hours later and returned us to the airport. We slept great at the hotel and they had a nice breakfast available. They made our layover in Iceland great.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank Mollie C
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Washington DC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

We have stayed at the Northern Light Inn during numerous short stays in Iceland. It is a simple but thoughtfully designed Inn with beautiful views of lava fields and low hills (and hopefully the Northern Lights during the right season). It has a simple restaurant menu, but the dining room has gorgeous soaring glass windows and the food is excellent. The buffet breakfast (included) is also simple but very, very nice and the perfect start to a day of hiking or a trip to the Blue Lagoon. The rooms are spacious, always clean and feature lovely fluffy white duvets, a few Icelandic chocolates and always a nice hot shower (Iceland is powered by geothermal energy). Near the foyer there are several open-plan rooms, and a viewing room upstairs, where guests can relax with a cup of tea or a drink. There are lots of small but thoughtful touches around the Inn. It feels well-cared for and fresh (though be prepared for the scent of sulfur which permeates the air in this part of Iceland). The proprietress is always on premises and oversees a growing staff of helpful and friendly waiters, receptionists, drivers and cleaners. The Inn offers the huge benefit of free transfers by van to and from the airport and they will, on request, take you over to the Blue Lagoon and collect you when you ask the BL staff to call. The BL, a man-made hot spring which uses extra water pumped from the ground by the nearby geothermal power plant, is a luxurious treat and a must-do for anyone visiting in the vicinity. The power plant itself sits behind the Inn and makes for a fascinating view from the restaurant with it's clean lines, stainless steel, 'portholes' and and huge steam clouds. The Inn is a really cool place and so is Iceland!

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Goderich, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2013

We picked this hotel for our first night in Iceland due to its proximity to the airport. We had an overnight flight and knew we would be too tired to do too much on our first day. The hotel was able to get us our rooms a bit earlier than the normal check in and in the meantime we relaxed at the Blue Lagoon just a couple kilometers away.

The rooms are very nice and clean. We had dinner in the restaurant that night, which on Sunday is an all you can eat lamb dinner. It was incredible.

We definitely would recommend this hotel and restaurant.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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2 Thank jkingma
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New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2013

Spent our last day here after a 5 day self drive tour. Hotel is located close to Blue Lagoon and Airport with a free shuttle to both. Rooms are large and well appointed. Restaurant food and service couldn’t have been better. The lounge area was very comfortable with plenty of chairs and sofas and also an honor bar.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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2 Thank Ronii2013
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Los Gatos
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2013 via mobile

We choose this hotel at the last minute for its access to Keflavik airport and favorable reviews on Trip Advisor. Good choice given its unlikely location next to a large geothermal power plant. Quirky but very interesting moonscape setting that was unexpectedly appealing. Close to Blue Lagoon (which should be skipped - see my review on that). Extremely clean and more than adequate lodging for the price. Free shuttle services to the Lagoon and airport made it even more economically attractive. This is our "go to" hotel near the airport on our future visits to Iceland.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Property: Northern Light Inn
Address: Northern Lights Road 1, Grindavik 240, Iceland
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Location: Iceland > Reykjanes 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 #2 of 3 Hotels in Grindavik
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Northern Light Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Northern Light Inn - just 1 minute before the Blue Lagoon - is a wonderful place to see the Aurora Borealis, discover Iceland, and enjoy your getaway vacation. 32 geo-thermally heated rooms, free wifi, 24/7 honesty bar, a grand cozy fireplace, and family hospitality await you. Delicious foods from the fjords and fields of Iceland are served in Max's restaurant: ocean fresh fish, free range lamb, geo-thermal vegetables, home baked breads and cakes. 24/7 complimentary coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and home made cookies are always available in the lobby for guests, and make-your-own Icelandic waffles every day. We offer free scheduled International Airport transfers from 06:00 (05:00 from the hotel) until 21:00, and complimentary regular shuttles to the Blue Lagoon. The Northern Light inn and Max's Restaurant are 20 minutes from Keflavik International Airport KEF, 45 from Reykjavik, 3 hours from London, and less than 6 from New York. ... more   less 
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