Feeling at home at Puffin Hotel Vik, Iceland (my review)

I recently had the wonderful opportunity to stay at Puffin Hotel Vik in Iceland.

This is my personal experience and review of Puffin Hotel Vik, easily one of the best places to stay in Iceland.

Puffin Hotel Vik, Iceland

Iceland is honestly one of the most magical places I’ve been, and the small village of Vik on the south coast swept me away.

During a road trip this winter, I stayed at the family-owned Puffin Hotel Vik near the iconic black sand beach Reynisdrangar. 

We based ourselves in Vik and did day trips along South Iceland from there – it was the perfect location.

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About Puffin Hotel Vik

Staying at Puffin Hotel Vík, you’re in the heart of Vík í Mýrdal.

The hotel is just a 10-minute walk from the unique Reynisfjara Black Beach. They’ve got free private parking and Wi-Fi, so you won’t have any connectivity issues.

The rooms come with a private bathroom, complete with the basics like toiletries and linens. In the morning, you can head to their dining room for breakfast.

If you’re looking to explore, there’s the Katla Geopark Museum next door, three restaurants within a 5-minute walk, and even horseback riding on the beach nearby.

Our room at Puffin Hotel Vik

After a swift check-in, we were shown our double room on the first floor. It had a double bed, a flat-screen, a table and chairs.

We also had a nice view of the cliffside from the room through the big window.

Puffin Hotel Vik, Iceland

The bathroom had just been renovated and featured a shower with a new shower head and a well-lit mirror and zink. Overall it was a nice bathroom and room – a wonderful place to land after a cold and rainy winter day.

Puffin Hotel Vik, Iceland
Puffin Hotel Vik, Iceland

Great Nordic breakfast

Breakfast is included in the room rate and consists of a Nordic buffet with a great selection of fruits, bread, and cereals.

At first glance, it seems basic, but as a Dane, it’s a little goldmine.

In the North, for breakfast, we normally eat cereal or oats with milk, bread, and skyr (a low-fat and protein-rich yogurt with a thick texture) – and this buffet had it all.

Puffin Hotel Vik, Iceland

Also, I never drink milk abroad, but Icelandic milk, well, that’s a different story.

It’s just as good as Danish, and because since I got pregnant I’ve had an extreme craving for milk, I squealed a bit when I tasted their ice-cold milk.


Puffin Hotel Vik, Iceland
Puffin Hotel Vik, Iceland
Puffin Hotel Vik, Iceland
Puffin Hotel Vik, Iceland
Puffin Hotel Vik, Iceland
The milk container
Puffin Hotel Vik, Iceland

As another fun little surprise, we found Nesquick, which is Thomas’ all-time favorite. He was all smiles through breakfast. We both were.

Puffin Hotel Vik, Iceland

A friendly hotel

The Puffin Hotel Vik is a super friendly 3-star hotel and the staff is very chatty and welcoming. 

The hotel has free Wi-Fi, free parking, and a seasonal restaurant with a terrace.

Plus, in the hallway, there is complimentary hot chocolate, coffee, and tea to help yourself to at any hour which was amazing after being out in the cold all day.

Puffin Hotel Vik, Iceland
Puffin Hotel Vik, Iceland
The breakfast area
Puffin Hotel Vik, Iceland
The restaurant

The beautiful Black sand beach in Vik

Vik, also known as Vík í Mýrdal, is the southernmost village in Iceland with a population of about 350. It’s small.

But just 10 10-minute walk from the Puffin Hotel Vik is Reynisfjara black sand beach and its incredible rock formations, and across the street is a supermarket and ATM. Also, in the summer this is where to find puffins.

The hotel is close to the shore, but also to nearby popular waterfalls like Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, the Svínafellsjökull glacier, and Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon.

All are worth visiting on day trips and can easily be combined.

Puffin Hotel Vik, Iceland

Final thoughts

Final thoughts on Puffin Hotel Vik?

I really liked it.

Both Thomas and I felt welcome and at home from the minute we arrived, and I will gladly return. Maybe next time in the summer so I can see the puffins.

Vik, Iceland
Sunrise at the Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach

FAQ – Puffin Hotel Vik

Is breakfast included in the room rate at Puffin Hotel Vík?

Yes, breakfast is included in the room price and is served in the hotel’s modern dining room.

Does Puffin Hotel Vík offer free parking and Wi-Fi to guests?

Absolutely! You can take advantage of free private parking and complimentary Wi-Fi during your stay.

How far is the black sandy beach from the hotel?

The renowned black sandy beaches of Vík í Mýrdal are just a short 10-minute walk from the hotel.

Are there any dining options or tourist spots close to the hotel?

Yes, there are three restaurants within a 5-minute walk, and the Katla Geopark Museum and a tourist information center are located right next to the hotel.

A thousand thanks to Puffin Hotel Vik for hosting me and making me feel at home in Iceland. I was a guest, but all opinions are my own as always.

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The family owned Puffin Hotel Vik is located only 10 minutes walk from the iconic black sand beach, Reynisdrangar. We based ourselves in Vik and did day trips along South Iceland from there. Here's why it's a great location.

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  1. This looks great. That sunrise looks awesome as well. The more I see pictures from Iceland, the more I’m dying to go. I still can’t wait to go. I’m actually starting to my plan my next trip there, and will be needed tons of good places to stay to explore the country. Hope you’re doing well! 🙂

    1. Let me know if you need any tips, Dave. Iceland is unbelievable and I can’t believe it took me so long to finally go there. Definitely make it a priority 🙂

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