Finding cheap and/or alternative accommodation in Iceland definitely isn’t as hard as people make it out to be. In fact, we found it to be heaps easier than most European countries! From what we discovered, Iceland seems to boast plenty of options to accommodate just about any budget. For those of us penniless pioneers who aint got quite enough dosh to be posh, here’s a few options for keeping your head above water, and your arse off the street;
Pitch A Tent – During the summer season, camping is without a doubt your cheapest, and probably most exciting option. However, do keep in mind that even though it’s legal to throw up a tent practically anywhere there isn’t a sign posted to the contrary, you still need to use your best judgment (and manners) before pitching a tent, dropping your drawers, and pinching a load off in someone’s front yard. Yah guys… it happens. Other than that, be WELL aware of weather conditions at all times, as it can change from beauty to terror in a matter of minutes! But no need to drop the ball just yet – for those less-inclined to cope with the unpredictable, there are plenty of regulated campsites strategically plotted along the ring road. And for less than half the price of the average hostel!
Rent A Campervan – Another popular choice for the summer months is to rent a campervan – the perfect option for maintaining optimal freedom to come and go as you please. However, keep in mind that as tourism seems to increase significantly year-to-year, so do the prices! Our suggession for a good campervan booking is Campervan Iceland
Hostels – For those who still enjoy the hopscotch/summer camp vibes, there’s certainly no shortage of bunk-beds throughout this backpacker’s dreamland. A bit pricier than that of most other European countries, but definitely still suitable for the average student-budget. However, if you’re an avid traveler, I’d recommend looking into becoming a ‘Hostel International Member’. For less than $30 per year (annual membership), you’ll be able to save about $5/night at all participating hostels – ultimately paying for itself after your first week of travel. It might not be a killer saving, but hey, it’s enough to score you one more bacon wrapped hotdog at any Icelandic gas station – a guaranteed must for the budget traveler!
Couch Surfing – Okay, so although its typically a bit difficult to find a solid host for ourselves on Couchsurfing (seeing that most are eager to accept Kelsey, but quick to throw a thumbs-down once I pop into the picture…) Couchsurfing in Iceland seems to hold a much different vibe than that of most other European countries. The people here are super nice, and actually very accepting of couples and groups of travelers alike. With less chances of a creepy host looking to peep your girl, I’d say trying it here is definitely worth a shot!
Airbnb – This is our go-to choice and personal favorite for just about any country we’re in! Airbnb seems to supply all the digs we need, and at just about any budget we’re under. If your travelling in a group, this would have to be my number one choice for accommodation in Iceland. We scored ourselves a perfect little apartment, smack-dab in the heart of Reykjavik that accommodated 5 of us for only $50/night! But be weary – as tourism seems to be skyrocketing more and more here each year, I wouldn’t hesitate to give yourself some time and try to book in advance.
*Additional Tip – If you’re hoping to explore several options for accommodation throughout your Icelandic adventure, make sure to either bring your own linens/sleeping bag, or look ahead to make sure its including in wherever your staying. Several hostels, cabins, and even b&b’s require an additional charge for using their bedding, so coming prepared could save you a few extra bucks!