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Hotel Viking

2.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Beautiful Viking Style thème hotel located in the Viking Village about 30 min away from Reykjavik. Great Viking style decor, located on a beautiful water front. The staff is super friendly and helpful. They serve a traditional Icelandic breakfast which is delicious and filling. The rooms are cozy and small but have all you need. They have hot tub and sauna outside which makes it even more relaxing. Great place and I will definitely stay there again.

This was our first visit to Iceland, a short, testing-trip to see if we liked it and whether we would come again for a longer stay. Rather than book us into a corporate hotel in the capital city, my husband decided that it would be fun to stay at this quirky hotel instead. Hafnarfjordur is situated 20 minutes away from the capital by bus - which is the cheapest way of getting there. The hotel overlooks a picturesque bay and although the main road runs at the end of the property, the traffic is slow and infrequent. We could not hear it from our room. The hotel is styled as a Viking hotel and it certainly lives up to its name. You will not be bored here, there is so much to see, in addition to the usual jewellery and local crafts for sale. The public decor contains numerous wood, metal and animal carvings. There is a polar bear pelt hung on the wall in the stairwell and animal pelts and trophies surround you. Vegans beware. The breakfast room serves a nice continental-style breakfast. In addition to the breakfast room, there is a room beyond it which is built into the bedrock. It comes complete with water running down the stone into a small pool and numerous wood large carvings of dragons, a horse and folklore items. It appears to be used for live events and gatherings, though sadly because it was Easter it remained empty. I understand there is a local festival held in the hotel. The staff all dress in traditional Viking costume and as well as working at the hotel, they staff the restaurant belonging to the hotel across the path. Everyone we met was polite, kind and spoke good English. Nothing was too much trouble - I like staff that want you to be there. Our room was spacious with three windows and a kitchenette-type set-up. There was the usual tea/coffee making equipment, but only dry creamer to use. The supermarket is 400 yards down the road on the left, so we bought milk and kept it in the family-sized fridge. The double bed was two singles joined together. They were soft and slopey, not my favourite mattress. They were also made up in a weird way. Under the double bedspread, two single duvets were folded up. You had to remove the bedspread, unfold the duvets, lay them out, then put the bedspread back over the whole thing. I lost my duvet twice because they overlapped and mine kept falling off the bed. The hotel had a hot tub and sauna, but we didn't have enough time to try these out. The hotel derives its heating and hot water from a natural geothermal spring, as a result the hot water smells like sulphur. They say it is okay to drink and wash in and you do get used to it, but I didn't. As the cold water isn't from the spring it's fine, so I used the water from the kettle to brush my teeth (I like it warm) and tolerated the hot smelly water in the bath. Our other option was the supermarket for bottled water. Finally, it may be picky, but the cups, or lack of them annoyed me. So much so that I purchased my own from a shop in town and used it throughout. The Icelanders like to use cups without handles, they are also 2/3 smaller than I am used to. They are roughly the size we would use for expresso at home. Tip - either take your own mug or like me, buy one from the supermarket.

The hotel was disappointing. The room was small and the bathroom was tiny. The shower curtain was disgusting. Definitely needs renovation and better cleening. Pillows were old and flat, but we get extra pillows. Good sides: quiet (at least when we stayed, even if there was a school group), parking was in front of the hotel, restaurant was good and staff was friendly. Breakfast was cold buffet, quite basic.

I think this was once a very nice hotel but it has been allowed to run down a bit. The staff are great and really do try their best but the owners need to spend quite a bit to bring it back. Breakfast was plentiful but the same every day. The restaurant across the way is quirky and very good.

Hotel lovely. Breakfast was excellent. Hotel staff were lovely with exception to the cleaners. Who were poor. Never changes the linen (nose bled one night and they didn't change the pillowcase. The coffee cups never cleaned. Coffee not replaces. And the shower cubicle was not cleaned.

Very clean with friendly staff. Grocery store within walking distance. 15 minute drive to downtown Reykjavik. There are a couple restaurants and fast food places close to the hotel. Free WiFi and parking.

A rather basic bedroom with no wardrobe or anywhere to put your clothes away but very friendly and helpful staff. The hot water is sulphur heated so takes a bit of getting used to but is very warm and plentiful. The reception staff went more than the extra mile to assist. They were lovely many thanks to Viking who made our trip so much better. The breakfast food was plentiful with a large assortment of breads - I think home made - toast, cereals yogurt, ham, cheeses, home made porridge, and condiments as well as smoked salmon, picked herring and another beetroot fish dish and of course boiled eggs. Tea, coffee and juices. There is also a geothermal hot tub which we did not use as ours was a very short break and we unfortunately didnt have the time. We did eat at the restaurant next door on our last evening and had a wonderful fish dish. Yummy

I thoroughly enjoyed our stay here at the Viking Hotel on our last of 14 nights in Iceland. After two weeks in a camper van(which was also awesome), it was nice to have a quiet room with a bathroom we didn't have to walk to. The room was typically European, meaning expensive, very small with twin beds, but it was clean and offered us a great nights sleep. It also provided us a great location to catch the bus back to the airport the next morning The staff there were friendly and their English was WAY, WAY better than our Icelandic. :-) Breakfast in the morning was "traditional" Icelandic and the same staff were there and patient with our questions. Loved the decor.

We visited for business and stayed 2 nights the staff are excellent and will do anything to help they even went across to the restaurant when it was closed to get us beer thank you. You must try the hot tub it's a great laugh and if you ask you can have a couple of cans of beer not free of course.once again thank you a special thanks to the blonde lady who came back to tell us that the road maybe closed and the weather was going to be really bad and she had a great friendly attitude. About 10 mins taxi ride outside of Reykjavik please be aware it's not a cheap break.

We stayed here for 3 nights. The hotel itself was nice, very different. The breakfast was good, a buffet. We stayed in one of the cottages which were very cute. The hot tub was nice and hot on a cold winters night. Unfortunately for us, our room was in the middle of a group of junior high sports team, literally a coach bus full of kids that wanted to run, yell, knock at doors, run up and down felt like I was in a episode of scooby-doo when they are being chased by the villains. Now I don’t want to hear, let kids be kids. There is a difference between kids having a good time, and chaperones not giving a crap. I just feel I shouldn’t have been put in a room between a bus full of kids. I should have been put on a room on an end or even asked if I wanted to stay in a different building. I only complained by an email, of which I already corresponded with an employee many times before my trip, but got no response. My boyfriend didn’t want me to complain in person because he felt if the hotel said something to the kids, they would have only acted worse. So besides all of that, I would recommend staying here. We ate at the restaurant there. I had the Viking dinner, and my boyfriend had the fish. Both were very good.

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Hotel highlights

  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

Located within a 5-minute walk of Hafnarborg, Hotel Viking is within a 15-minute stroll of Hafnarfjordur Free Church. This 42-room hotel has 2 restaurants along with conveniences like an outdoor pool and free in-room WiFi. It's on the waterfront and also a short walk from Sudurbaejarlaug and Museum of Hafnarfjordur.


Start your day off right with a free continental breakfast, served each morning from 7:30 AM to 10 AM. Enjoy dining at the hotel's 2 onsite restaurants: Fjaran Restaurant specializes in local cuisine, and serves dinner; The Viking offers relaxing ocean views. Quench your thirst with a drink at the bar/lounge.


All 42 individually decorated rooms feature coffee makers and desks. Guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Beds are dressed in premium bedding and down comforters, and bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries.

Property features

Guests staying at Hotel Viking enjoy an outdoor pool, a spa tub, and a sauna. There's free parking, and an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for ISK 5000 per person roundtrip. The front desk has multilingual staff that can help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include a rooftop terrace, free WiFi in public areas, and 2 meeting rooms.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

68.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 387 reviews