Hótel Búðir

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Hótel Búðir
Budavik seen from the Budir hotel (7271287280).jpg
Búðir seen from Hótel Búðir
Hótel Búðir is located in Iceland
Hótel Búðir
Location within Iceland
General information
LocationBúðir, Snæfellsbær, Iceland
Coordinates64°50′N 23°33′W / 64.833°N 23.550°W / 64.833; -23.550Coordinates: 64°50′N 23°33′W / 64.833°N 23.550°W / 64.833; -23.550
2003 (rebuilt after fire)
Other information
Number of rooms28[1]
Number of restaurants1

Hótel Búðir (Hotel Budir) is a hotel built near Búðir, situated on a lava field on the westernmost tip of the Snaefellsnes peninsula in west Iceland. The hotel affords views over the Atlantic coast and the glacier-topped Snæfellsjökull volcano and glacier,[2] and is located in a protected nature reserve.[1]

The hotel is a three-hour drive north from Keflavík International Airport.[1]


The hotel originally opened as a guesthouse and fish restaurant[3] in 1947 on the site of an old apartment-store complex.[4] It was converted to a limited-liability company in 1956.[4] Icelandic author and Nobel prize winner Halldor Laxness was a frequent guest in the hotel,[3] writing in a room which had views over the Snæfellsjökull glacier.[5] The Icelandic painter Johannes Kjarval also stayed there.[4]

The hotel was completely destroyed by a fire[3] on 21 February 2001, and the current hotel building was constructed on the site, opening as a hotel on 14 June 2003.[4] The hotel now has 28 bedrooms,[1] varying in size, aspect and amenities, and the hotel restaurant can seat eighty people.[6]

Local amenities and activities[edit]

The only other building in the vicinity is Búðir church, a tiny black wooden nineteenth century building,[1] just a few minutes' walk from the hotel.[7] Some hotel guests use Búðir as a wedding venue.

Other activities include horse riding, glacier tours, sailing and hiking.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Lucy Gillmore (21 April 2007). "24-Hour Room Service: Hotel Budir, Iceland". The Independent. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  2. ^ West Iceland, The Official Tourist Guide (PDF), West Iceland Marketing Office, 2011, p. 84, archived from the original (PDF) on 27 April 2014, retrieved 8 January 2012
  3. ^ a b c Rhiannon Batten (7 August 2004). "Five Best: Modern seaside hotels". The Independent. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  4. ^ a b c d "About Budir". Hotel Budir. Archived from the original on 5 February 2012. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  5. ^ David Leffman; James Proctor (29 March 2004). The rough guide to Iceland. Rough Guides. pp. 186–. ISBN 978-1-84353-289-7. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  6. ^ Don Young; Marjorie Young (15 July 2008). Iceland Adventure Guide. Hunter Publishing, Inc. pp. 152–. ISBN 978-1-58843-672-6. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  7. ^ Annabelle Thorpe and Nicola Iseard (31 May 2009). "Weddings abroad". The Observer. Retrieved 8 January 2012.

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