Located on a lava field overlooking the sea on the westernmost tip of the remote Snaefellsnes Peninsula, the iconic Hotel Budir enjoys one of the most dramatic and beautiful settings in this little explored region of Iceland.
A fantastic base from which to explore this wild and beautiful part of Iceland
From January to April hire a boat and go whale-watching or in the summer months horseback ride along the coast
In winter try and spot the Northern Lights from the comfort of the hotel's cosy lounge
Experience Iceland's raw beauty on this little-visited stretch of coastline
Set in the heart of the untamed countryside of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Hotel Budir is surrounded by dramatic mountainous landscape stretching as far as the eye can see. Floor to ceiling windows in the hotel's cosy lounge look out onto the Budir estuary, home to a number of seal families which can often be seen frolicking in the shallows. Beyond is the vast Faxafloi Bay leading out to sea.
To the west of the hotel the mighty Snaefellsjokull glacier is clearly visible and offers excellent hiking opportunities during the summer months. In winter, the hotel's remote location away from the glow of the city makes it a fantastic place to try and spot the elusive Northern Lights.
Rooms at the hotel are simply furnished but cosy and comfortable, providing an excellent base from which to explore the incredible landscape in this little visited part of Iceland. Or you can simply choose to relax with a steaming mug of hot chocolate and enjoy the view.
Hotel Budir’s restaurant is a particular highlight and offers a seasonal menu serving delicious food sourced from neighbouring villages such as Stykkisholmur, Olafsvik and Borgarnes.
The hotel is a perfect base for active couples and families with older children who want to get off the beaten track and discover Iceland away from the tourist trail.
When to visit
Snuggle up on the sofa with a mug of hot chocolate or glass of red wine and watch the sun set over the glacier.
Hotel Budir is set in a remote location two hours from Reykjavik on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Private transfers by helicopter from Reykjavik can also be arranged.
Reykjavik is a 3 hour flight from London. Icelandair, Wow Air and Easyjet all fly direct from Heathrow and Gatwick.
Bathing in the Blue Lagoon
One of the world's most unique spas, Iceland's Blue Lagoon is an outdoor, geo-thermally heated spa providing an amazing experience that cannot be missed when visiting Iceland.
Borgarfjordur and into the glacier
Explore the beautiful west coast of Iceland, discovering its incredible scenery, impressive waterfalls and the breathtaking Langjokull glacier. Venture deep into the glacier itself, walking through fascinating ice caves, for a truly unique experience.
Explore the Snaefellsnes Peninsula
On this tour pass through the traditional fishing villages perched on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula's coast. Visit the unique Shark Museum and stop at Ölkelda where naturally carbonated water springs from the ground.
Ferry to Flatey Island
Charming Flatey sits in a cluster of around forty western islands in Breiðafjördur Bay. A short ferry from Stykkisholmur takes you to this characterful Icelandic village, with opportunities for hiking and an abundance of birdlife.
Giljabod canyon baths
Explore the beauty of western Iceland with a gentle hike through Husafell canyon, passing by incredible scenery before reaching the Giljabod pools, hidden in the canyon, to enjoy a relaxing soak in the geothermally-heated water.
Horse riding in Iceland
Known for their distinctive trot, Icelandic horses offer a unique horse riding experience. A completely pure breed, introduced to the island during the Viking settlement, these horses are perfect for both beginners and advanced riders alike.
Lava tube caving
Explore the hidden side of Iceland, through the country's largest lava tube, Vidgelmir. Formed by lava draining from a volcano, lava tubes are intriguing caves dating back thousands of years, and make for a fascinating experience.
Snowmobiling on Eyjafjallajökull
Perhaps Iceland's most famous volcano, Eyjafjallajökull makes for a thrilling snowmobile experience. Join your private guide as you ride across the surface of the glacier and take in the incredible views of Iceland's south coast.
The Golden Circle
Iceland's ruggedly beautiful and tectonically active landscape offers some amazing natural attractions, known as the "Golden Circle". These include the Gullfoss waterfall, Strokkur Geysir and Thingvellir National Park.
Whale watching from Snaefellsnes
The Snæfellsnes Peninsula in the west of Iceland is regarded as one of the best places to observe orca whales in their natural habitat. In the summer, you may spot an array of other whale species too, including minke and humpback whales.