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Hotel Budir

Budir, Snaefellsnes Peninsula

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.

At a Glance

  • 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

  • Spend a few nights at the hotel relaxing and soaking up the scenery or stay as part of a longer Icelandic itinerary

  • A great option for nature lovers, romantics and older children with a sense of adventure

Couples, Adventure, Off the beaten track

Insider's View

Snuggle up on the sofa with a mug of hot chocolate or glass of red wine and watch the sun set over the glacier.

Katie Edwards

Insider's View

Take a sunrise hike up to the beautiful Black Church just minutes from Hotel Budir, then continue on to one of the many hiking trails that lead to the beach and across the lava fields.

Cammie Burke

Insider's View

Follow one of the walking trails from outside the hotel through lava fields all the way to the sea for a pre-dinner walk.

Claire Medlock

Insider's View

Make sure you leave time before dinner to have a drink by the fire, play board games and enjoy the stunning coastal views.

Hannah Dawson

Call us on 858 345 1764 to start planning your vacation to Hotel Budir or take a look at our itineraries to Snaefellsnes and western Iceland


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 neighboring 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.


The 28 rooms at Hotel Budir are stylish yet simply furnished with either a bath or a shower. Every room comes with aTV, DVD player, telephone and a hairdryer. All rooms are non-smoking.

Standard Room

This room comes equipped with a King size bed, private bathroom with toilet, bath and shower. These are minimalistic and stylish.

Deluxe Room

This simple yet stylish room comes complete with a king size bed, bathroom, shower, toilet, bath, TV and hairdryer.

Loft Room

Set in the loft of the building this room boasts great views and are flooded with natural light. Room comes equipped with king size bed, bathroom, shower, toilet, TV and hairdryer.

Master Suite

This spacious suite comes with sofas and a welcoming living area. The suite is equipped with bathroom, shower, toilet, bath, bathrobe, TV, tea/coffee maker and hair dryer.


Children are welcome to come and stay at Hotel Budir. However, there are no specific facilities available for them at the hotel.


The hotel serves unique fish dishes, original starters and heavenly desserts. Chef Björgvin Mýrdal delivers delicious courses of seafood, fish and lamb, accompanied by specially selected wines by the in house sommelier. The restaurant's focus is on the freshness and quality of the food and the chef tries to use local ingredients whenever possible. The menu is changed depending on the season and sources available.


Hotel Budir's stunning countryside setting makes it a perfect base from which to explore the Snaefellnes Peninsula. In winter, ice hiking and visits to the Deildartunguhver hot spring can be arranged - one of the most powerful hot springs in Europe. In summer hiking, horse riding and boat trips are available, as well as sightseeing tours by helicopter.

Location & Directions

Budir, Snaefellsnes Peninsula

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.

When to go

May, June and July are the driest months of the year, although rainfall is largely consistent throughout the year, falling as snow in the colder winter months. Mid-June to August is high season, but most highland tours don’t operate until July because of snow. Areas with geothermal activity are often noticeably warmer than surrounding areas. Temperatures drop considerably as you go up into the mountains, particularly around the ice caps. From September through March, the night is dark enough to see the Aurora Borealis.

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Call us on 858 345 1764 to start planning your vacation to Hotel Budir or take a look at our itineraries to Snaefellsnes and western Iceland

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