Life on the Course

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Crash Course in Ísafjörður

Applicants on the Crash Course need to reserve accommodation on their own. Accommodation is not included in the course fee. Please notify the guesthouses in your inquiries to them that you are a student at our Icelandic Courses. 

In Ísafjörður there are several guesthouses and hotels. We have compiled a list for you with options but you may of course search for other accommodation on your own, using the websites and, as well as or



Hótel Ísafjörður (Hotel Torg)

Hotel Ísafjörður is a modern, comfortable three-star hotel in the heart of Ísafjörður with 36 double/single rooms. The rooms are equipped with showers, hair-dryers, television, telephone, coffee/tea making facilities, laundry service as well as high speed internet access free of charge. The hotel is non-smoking and open all year round. 

Tel. +354-456 4111

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. The hotel has 12 bright and beautifully furnished rooms with wooden floors. The rooms are on the second floor, and the hotel has an elevator and rooms with wheelchair access. Parking spaces for guests are situated right outside the hotel. Hótel Horn is open all year round. 

For bookings or further information, please contact:

Gamla gistihúsið

Gamla gisthúsið is a small guesthouse in central Ísafjörður, Mánagata 1. These are single rooms with basic cooking facilities. Restaurants and a supermarket can be found across the street, and the University Centre is within a five minute walk.

Booking: Reserve through
Tel. +354-456 4146 /+354 897 4146

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. Each room fits 2 people, in double or twin beds. Amenities include free wifi throughout the house, free parking, and breakfast included. 

Tel. +354-848 0920

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. Breakfast is served in the old gym room on the ground floor. The hotel offers free WiFi and is non smoking.

Tel. +354-456 7611


Getting from Reykjavík to Ísafjörður

Air travel: There are normally two scheduled flights daily between Reykjavík and Ísafjörður. They can be booked online at 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). You can take the FlyBus to the airport directly from the town of Ísafjörður for ISK 1000. The bus 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 and then you can drive from Ísafjörður to Reykjavík. There are two road ways and the distance is about 460 km.

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The evenings are mostly free for your own activity

Students staying in Ísafjörður can enjoy discovering the town´s quaint bakeries, wandering the streets, and exploring the coastline. In Ísafjörður you can go swimming and much more. You can climb up several mountains and explore the beautiful nature all around.  Make sure to bring hiking boots and outdoor clothing that is appropriate for the changeable weather.

In Ísafjörður, you might want to stay a day longer or arrive earlier.  In the summer time you can take a trip to Vigur island or a one or two day trip to Hornstrandir. The Hornstrandir nature reserve lies to the north of Ísafjörður, across Ísafjarðardjúp. The area can only be reached by boat. The last permanent residents left in the 1960s, and now nature is taking over old cultivated land. If you go, you will be in tranquil wilderness - no cars, no roads, and no telephones! For more information go to or