Life on the Course

Unfortunately, the University Centre of the Westfjords cannot provide students with accomodation. But there are several guesthouses and hotels in Ísafjörður. We have compiled a list for you with options that might help you. The following websites might be useful as well:

www.westfjords.is,

www.vesturferdir.is,

 

 

Note that accommodation is not included in the course fee. 

 

Hótel Ísafjörður (Hotel Torg)

Hotel Ísafjörður is a modern, comfortable three-star hotel in the heart of Ísafjörður. 

Info: www.hotelisafjordur.is

Contact: info@hotelisafjordur.is

 

Hótel Horn

Hótel Horn is located right in the center of Ísafjörður. It is simply, yet lively, designed, inspired by the nature of the Westfjords. 

Info: https://isafjordurhotels.is/horn/um_horn/

For bookings or further information, please contact: info@hotelisafjordur.is

Gamla Gistihúsið

Gamla gisthúsið is a small guesthouse in central Ísafjörður with selfcatering facilities. 

Info: https://isafjordurhotels.is/gamla/

For bookings or further information, please contact: info@hotelisafjordur.is

 

GentleSpace Guesthouse

GentleSpace offers three spacious guest rooms located just a 3-minute walk from midtown Isafjordur. 

Info: www.gentlespace.com

Contact: info@gentlespace.com

 

Litlabýli Guesthouse in Flateyri

Litlabýli is a cozy family run guesthouse in the center of Flateyri (20 km from Ísafjörður). They have space for up to 10 guests in a comfortable home with beautiful views of the mountains and fjord.  

Info: www.litlabyli.com

Contact: litlabyli@gmail.com

 

Holt Inn

Holt Inn is a family run hotel in the heart of Westfjords, only a 15 minute drive from Ísafjörður. The hotel used to be a school but now it has 11 newly renovated rooms with private bathroom. Each room has a view over the beautiful mountains of Önundarfjordur. 

Info: www.holtinn.is

Contact: holtinn@holtinn.is

 

Einarshúsið 

Einarshúsið Guesthouse is in Bolungarvík, a small fishing village a 10 minutes drive from Ísafjörður.

Info: http://www.einarshusid.is/

Contact: einarshusid@gmail.com

 

 

The town of Ísafjörður from above.
The town of Ísafjörður from above.

Getting from Reykjavík to Ísafjörður

Air travel: There are normally two scheduled flights daily between Reykjavík and Ísafjörður. They can be booked online at www.airicelandconnect.com. Flights leave from Reykjavík domestic airport, not from Keflavík airport. You will save considerably by booking in advance. Once you arrive in Ísafjörður, you can take the FlyBus from the airport directly to your final destination in Ísafjörður town for ISK 1.000. The bus to Ísafjörður waits outside the airport after every landed flight. 

Public bus: Please follow the Visit Westfjords Official Travell Guide website for information about the bus timetable. Please get confirmed timings before making plans.

Rent a car: There are a number of car rentals in Reykjavík. There are two road ways and the distance is about 460 km. Please plan for at least 6 hours drive from Reykjavík to Ísafjörður. 


 

Getting back to Reykjavík after the course

By plane (see directions above). The Flybus to the airport is scheduled for every flight. Ask at your accomodation or the staff of the university centre for details. 

Public bus (see directions above).

Rent a car: There are a number of car rentals in Ísafjörður in case you want to drive back from Ísafjörður to Reykjavík. 


The Westfjords Heritage Museum. At the museum fish is salted and dried by the same methods used for hundreds of years. Next door you will find a wonderful fish restaurant.
The Westfjords Heritage Museum. At the museum fish is salted and dried by the same methods used for hundreds of years. Next door you will find a wonderful fish restaurant.
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Saturdays and Sundays are free for your own activity.

Language students staying in Ísafjörður can wander the small streets of this historic town, explore the coastline and enjoy the beautiful nature all around. One can go to the pool, meet locals in the bakeries or coffehouses, learn about the Westfjords in the Cultural Heritage Museum, watch a movie in the old cinema, forget time in the museum of every day life, read a book at the local library, or climb up several mountains.

Near Isafjordur you can go horse-back riding, kayaking, bird watching, fjord-fishing, whale watching, on guided quad tours, 4x4 (SUV) day trips and more. If you want to enjoy the outdoors, make sure to bring good hiking boots and outdoor clothing that is appropriate for the changeable weather. 

For more information on tours or daytrips please check out Visit Westfjords and West Tours.