Life on the Courses

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. Or you can have a look at the travel guide for the Westfjords for further options, as well as booking.com or Airbnb. 

For accommodation in Reykjavík or elsewhere in Iceland please refer to one of the common booking websites. 

 

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 in Önundarfjörður

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. 

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.

International Flights: If you are making travel arrangements from abroad there are several airlines flying to Iceland. All of them arrive at Keflavik International Airport. The international airport is located approximitely 50 km away from Reykjavík, Icelands capital.

Airport shuttle Keflavik - Reykjavík: You can travel by coach/bus to and from Keflavik Airport. The trip from the airport terminal to Reykjavík downtown takes approximately 45 minutes. You can buy the tickets and find further details on the websites of the coach/bus companies. 

Domestic flight from Reykjavík to Ísafjörður: 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.

Rental car: You can also book a rental car directly from Keflavik and drive all the way to Ísafjörður. There are two ways to drive here. From Reykjavík to Ísafjörður via roads 60 and 61 along the east route of the Westfjords, 455 km paved road. Or via road 60 along the south-west route, 438 km, in parts unpaved. We advise you to plan in enough time! Maximum speed in Iceland 90 km/h – speeding tickets in Iceland are costly so keep your eyes open for speed limit signs. According to Icelandic law everyone must wear a seatbelt regardless of where seated in the car. Headlights are required around the clock, while driving. Driving off-road is forbidden! The number in Iceland to call for in case of an emergency is 112.  

 

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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Ísafjörður is the largest township in the Westfjords of Iceland, a regional service center with a vibrant cultural life and stunning nature. More information on Ísafjörður and the Westfjords can be found at Visit Westfjords.

The Westfjords Tourist Information Office is located in the Edinborg Culture House in Ísafjörður. For information and assistance, please call (+354) 450-8060 or email at info@westfjords.is.

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. The weather gods in Iceland usually can´t make up their mind so you better come prepared for sun, rain, snow, wind, and a combination of all at once. It usually pays of to bring a rainproof.