Destination guide

Experience Iceland with exclusive holiday lets

From stylish cities to cinematic scenery, Iceland ticks all the boxes. Everywhere you look you'll be dazzled by ice-capped volcanoes, sparkling glaciers and geothermal lagoons, not to mention the mesmerising aurora borealis. Whether you're planning a romantic city break in Reykjavik or an epic tour of the legendary Ring Road, Iceland holiday rentals provide an ideal base for exploring this transfixing Nordic destination.


Discover Viking history with Iceland holiday homes

Some 40 kilometres north-east of your Reykjavik holiday home, UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park offers a glimpse of Iceland's fierce Viking routes. It's set in a lush rift valley and anchored by Law Rock, a rugged outcrop where Althing, the world's first democratic parliament, was formed. Iceland is also loaded with archaeological sites, like The Settlement Exhibition, which houses the ruins of a 10th-century Viking longhouse.

Outdoor activities

Outdoor adventures with Iceland holiday rentals

Iceland is a nature lover's nirvana: You can gaze up at thundering waterfalls in Hornstrandir, stroll along red sandy beaches in Westfjords and hike amid ancient lava fields in Snaefellsjokull National Park. Set high on Iceland's north-eastern tip, holiday cottages in the tiny village of Husavik put you in the country's whale-watching capital. In summer, boats sail into Skjalfandi Bay and get you up close to breaching humpbacks, majestic minkes and, if you're lucky, enormous blues. West Iceland's Snaefellsnes Peninsula is a Mecca for orcas, while the rugged Latrabjarg Peninsula offers some of the world's best puffin-watching opportunities.

How to get around

Navigating Iceland from your holiday rental

The quintessential way to see Iceland is to rent a car and explore the Ring Road, a 1,300-kilometre route showcasing the country's top sights, attractions and experiences. Camper vans offer a unique chance to sleep under the stars, though if you don't want to compromise on comfort, book remote Iceland holiday cottages, where you can watch the aurora borealis dancing from your porch. Iceland is serviced by a network of long-distance buses that will get you to popular Ring Road destinations, as well as larger towns in Westfjords, Eastfjords, Reykjanes and Snaefellsnes.

Food & drink 

Bite into Iceland's adventurous food scene

Over the past few years, Iceland has enjoyed a foodie renaissance. In cosmopolitan Reykjavik, chef-owned restaurants champion farm-fresh ingredients, freshly caught seafood and time-honoured recipes. Adventurous eaters will get thrills sampling traditional Icelandic fare, like reindeer burgers, preserved shark and sour ram's testicles, while beer aficionados can sample brews crafted with wild mountain flowers and Arctic herbs.

Essential info

Essential info for your Iceland holiday rentals stay

  • Stock up on Icelandic krona at local ATMs
  • Pack plenty of active wear, as Iceland offers endless opportunities for outdoor adventure
  • High season spans June to August, when Iceland enjoys long days and plenty of sunshine. Visit in May or September for thinner crowds, lower prices and beautiful weather
  • Break up your time in the city with a few nights in a secluded holiday home, boasting stunning views of the Icelandic countryside

Attend top events with Iceland holiday homes

From earth-shaking heavy metal festivals to cultural holidays, Iceland knows how to fill its annual events calendar. Summer ushers in festival season, when you can attend eclectic events like the Hafnarfjorour Viking Festival, Siglufjorour Folk Music Festival and legendary Reykjavík Culture Night, which sees the capital explode in a sea of street art, live music and fireworks. Rocking out since 1999, November's Iceland Airwaves is one of the world's top stages for up-and-coming musicians. Whether you're attending a big-name festival or an offbeat event, be sure to book your Iceland holiday rental well in advance.


Boutique shopping near your Iceland holiday let

While Iceland's breathtaking natural beauty tends to steal the spotlight, there's plenty of hype surrounding its retail scene. In Reykjavik, a trendy thoroughfare called Laugavegur is lined with co-op fashion boutiques, designer homewares stores and whimsical vintage emporiums. For the ultimate Icelandic souvenir, take home an artisan "lopapeysa", a jumper with a distinctive design on the yoke, knitted from Icelandic sheep wool.

How many holiday rentals are available around Iceland?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 926 holiday lettings around Iceland. From 145 cabins to 145 cottages, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a mountain-view property in Iceland?

Check out that view! That's what you'll find yourself saying when you head for the hills and indulge in a glorious high-altitude getaway. HomeAway has 178 alpine getaway rentals available. On the hunt for a different holiday style? See if any of our other properties tickle your fancy. Our range here includes:

  • 168 city-centre holiday accommodation options.
  • 156 rural holiday accommodation options.
  • 126 seaside holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent an apartment in Iceland?

There's something really cool and exciting about staying in an apartment like a local. Whether it's a view you're looking for or just an easy place to chill out, an apartment could be a great choice. HomeAway has 528 for you to browse through here. How does £30 a night sound? That's what you're looking at spending if you don't dilly dally! If that doesn't fit with your family's style, we've got a number of other self-catering accommodation options to pick from, such as:

  • House: 318 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £76 per night.
  • Bed & breakfast: 277 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £44 per night.
  • Hotel: 223 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £43 per night.

Can I stay in Iceland in a large group?

It can be tough finding the time to unwind with your nearest and dearest. A trip away is a fantastic opportunity to reunite and unwind. If you were planning to kick back under the same roof, HomeAway has options to suit. The leading choice for larger groups here are apartment holiday rentals, and we have 126 available. Rental options around here that can cater for large groups include:

  • If yours is a squad of 6, we have 302 properties to rent suited to that size. Book a night from just £80.
  • Need a rental property for 5 guests? We have 169 that will be ideal. Prices begin at just £69 per night.
  • Searching for rentals catering to 8 guests? You'll be delighted to discover we have 104 that will fit the bill. You can secure one from just £67 a night.

You and your crew will be well catered to when you organise your Iceland escape through us!

Where are the cheapest holiday rentals in Iceland?

Friends are the family we choose for ourselves. Make new memories with those who truly matter and secure a cost-conscious getaway with HomeAway. When it comes to discovering an amazing deal, your first stop ought to be Selfoss. Here, HomeAway has 76 holiday rentals at an average price of £162 per night. There are another 38 HomeAway holiday rentals waiting for you in or around Akureyri. The average price here is £173 per night.