The people of Iceland have an open and accepting attitude to LGBT communities, and Iceland is considered one of the world’s most LGBT friendly countries in Europe and most of the gay friendly hotels Reykjavik are in the capital of Iceland.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in Iceland are very progressive. Iceland is frequently referred to as one of the most LGBT-friendly countries in the world. Same-sex couples have had equal access to adoption and IVF since 2006. In February 2009, a minority government took office, headed by Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, the world’s first openly gay head of government in modern times. The Icelandic Parliament amended the country’s marriage law on 11 June 2010 by a unanimous vote to define marriage as between two individuals, thereby making same-sex marriage legal.
Reykjavik, on the coast of Iceland, is the country’s capital and largest city. It’s home to the National and Saga museums, tracing Iceland’s Viking history. The striking concrete Hallgrimskirkja church and rotating Perlan glass dome offer sweeping views of the sea and nearby hills. Exemplifying the island’s volcanic activity is the geothermal Blue Lagoon spa, near the village of Grindavik.
Top attractions to visit in Reykjavik
- Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre
- National Museum of Iceland
- Aurora Reykjavik
Best day trips in Reykjavik:
- Golden Circle, Kerid Volcanic Crater, and Blue Lagoon Day Trip from Reykjavik
- Northern Lights Night Tour from Reykjavik
- Southern Iceland Glaciers, Waterfalls and Beaches Day Trip from Reykjavik
- Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon Including Admission & Kerid Volcanic Crater
1. Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina 4* – Gay Friendly Hotels Reykjavik
Set in the popular 101 harbour district of Reykjavik, Icelandair Hoteloffers free Wi-Fi access. All rooms include a flat-screen TV and either city or .
Each room at Hotel Reykjavik Marina has a private bathroom with shower. Studios include a sofa. Some rooms also have a balcony.
Guests can work out for free at Slipp Gym or relax beside the fireplace in the lobby area. Icelandic films can be watched at Slipp.
Slippbarinn offers a selection of light meals at all times. A variety of drinks can be enjoyed at Slippbarinn.
Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina, steps from downtown Reykjavik, is situated in a completely renovated four-story building that has become a landmark among local residents. It is located next to the historical, and still fully functioning, dry-dock called Slippur. With an emphasis on blending the dynamic, creative atmosphere of this rapidly developing district with the country’s strong fishing traditions, the Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina offers everyone the opportunity to see and experience the capital at its most creative and colorful.
I chose the hotel based on location – last time I was in REK I did not stay in city center and deeply regretted having to walk 1.5 miles from downtown to the hotel. Taxis/FHV are scarce and expensive in REK, and last time we didn’t get the hang of the public bus until near the end of our trip. This time, Marina is in the old harbor part of town, just out of the most touristy downtown area but merely a 15 minute walk away. It’s also walking distance to the residential/industrial area behind the old harbor where there’s supermarkets like Bonus.
Mostly I chose it because it’s less than a block away from Saegriffin (aka Sea Baron for English-speakers), my favorite Icelandic hole in the wall. For the first day of our trip, the hotel computers were down but they still managed to check us in without problems or delay. The room was small but had a mini fridge, a little balcony facing the harbor, a safe in the closet and a good size bathroom with nice shower amenities.
The ground floor of the hotel was interesting – lots of meeting rooms with couches and communal tables, a fire place with couches in the main meeting area, and a restaurant/bar at one end that is open rather late with reverse happy hour specials. We were there at the beginning of February so the hotel was not busy and we mostly had the hotel to ourselves.
The basement has a meeting area with lots of bathrooms, which was very convenient for us to use without needing to go up to our room. We didn’t have a chance to try the hotel restaurant/bar or the restaurants nearby other than Saegriffin, which I insisted on eating at every day (twice a day if I could manage it), but there’s some good ones nearby.
What a great, cool hotel. Set little more than a 5min walk from downtown Reykjavik. A little gem in the now expanding marina area. Close to the working dry harbour area which has bars and restaurants in easy access. This hotel is a hot spot for cocktails, DH and I worked our way through all the cocktails in their extensive menu over the 5 nights we stayed.
This was helped by the twice nightly happy hours!! Breakfast was tasty, varied and of good quality albeit a little disorganised in the setting out of the display. I think this is mainly due to lack of space as opposed to anything else. We had breakfast on different days at different times and it seemed constantly busy, we were able to sit in the main bar which was great as this space was less crowded.
. Our bedroom looked over a road but that was ok, it was quiet enough. The bathroom was very clean and the shower was super hot and powerful. The complimentary products are of a high standard.
The room had a king sized bed that was comfortable (I have a bad back and had no problems); a love seat sized couch, a chair and stool and night tables. There was a coffee machine in the room which we did not use; the coffee that comes with breakfast in their restaurant was far too good to turn down. The closet is “open style” with hangers for clothes that need to be hung and space for a suitcase and some shelves. It included a safe. We left the other suitcase on the floor in a corner near the couch and still had plenty of room. The room also had a balcony that overlooked the working harbor.
The bathroom was more than adequate for us, with a rain-down type shower and a big wooden sliding door for privacy. The room itself was never that hot, but for sleeping purposes we sometimes would open the balcony door for a while to cool it down a bit and we always left the window open, even while sleeping. In the spring/summer leaving the window open at night might be a problem for some as to get air from the window you have to leave the black-out curtains partially open. But that is why we chose mid-September for our trip when it got dark about 7:45 PM (and light about 6 AM).
How much does a room costs at Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina ?
Spacious room with a flat-screen TV and views of Reykjavík Harbour.
This room is fully wheelchair accessible.
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2. Hotel Reykjavík Centrum 4* – Gay Friendly Hotels Reykjavik Iceland
This hotel is set on one of’s oldest streets, Adalstraeti, 200 m from Reykjavik Art Museum. It offers a unique Viking exhibition centre, plus in-room satellite TV and tea/coffee facilities.
Hotel Reykjavik Centrum has both hotel rooms and self-service studios. All feature modern décor, fresh bathrooms and wooden floors.
Traditional Icelandic dishes and an extensive wine list are offered at Fjalaköttur, Reykjavik Centrum’s award-winning restaurant. Uppsalir is the hotel’s own café bar.
The hotel was built above the ruins of a Viking-era longhouse. An on-site exhibition centre now honours this historic feature. It also displays Iceland’s oldest human remains, dating back to 870 AD.
Hotel Reykjavík Centrum is located in the bustling city center within walking distance of some of Iceland’s best museums, restaurants and bars. The hotel opened in 2005 and is stands in one of Reykjavik’s oldest streets, Aðalstræti. The hotel has undergone extensive renovations while maintaining its original charm as the oldest parts of the building were built in 1764.
The hotel spreads over three buildings and during its construction, the remains of a Viking longhouse from the Settlement Period were found. Among the finds excavated at the site were Iceland’s oldest human remains, dating from approximately 870 AD. The hotel has 89 rooms, each fitted with modern amenities, such as satellite TV, telephone, Internet access, mini-bar, radio, iron and board, hair dryer, safe and tea & coffee set. All rooms have en-suite bathroom with either a shower or a bath.
Very central to everything. Restaurants and bars were a few minutes walk from the hotel as was the bus stop for tour pick ups and drop offs. Breakfast at the hotel was fabulous with a great selection. Hotel was clean and the staff polite and helpful. I would definitely stay there again and would highly recommend to family and friends.
It would have been nice if the hotel provided hot chocolate sachets in the room. Coffee and tea sachets were provided. Overall a really lovely and clean hotel with a very central location and a great breakfast to set you up for the day.
Great location and very service minded staff. Rooms are small but has everything I needed. Breakfast had everything that I needed.
I did miss a power outlet next to my bed to charge my phone but I solved that by using my power bank. There was no night stand either so I used the chair.
Living that central, you should expect some noise from the street so earplugs might come in handy.
Will not hesitate to stay there again.
A very central location in the old town heart of Reykjavik makes this an ideal place from which to explore the city. The hotel is a clever mix of old and new buildings, with very modern, clean and spacious rooms. Without exception every member of staff was polite, friendly, helpful and professional. We were booked in on a bed-and-breakfast basis, and the breakfast buffet was excellent.
A generous selection of both hot and cold food to satisfy most tastes. We also dined in the restaurant on 2 evenings and the food was equally as good then. A top tip is to eat during “Happy Hour” when some dishes are offered “2 for 1”, and so are some of the drinks.
How much does a room costs at Hotel Reykjavík Centrum ?
More spacious room with a larger bed. Also offers a multi-channel TV, tea/coffee facilities and a minibar.
Where to book online – Hotel Reykjavík Centrum – Gay Friendly Hotels Reykjavik – you can find the best hotels deals in Reykjavik during Innipúkinn which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Reykjavik on Booking.com or Trip.com or Hotelscombined.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.
3. Hótel Húsafell 4* – Gay Friendly Hotels Iceland
Featuring a golf course and outdoor hot tubs, this contemporary hotel offers unique opportunities to relax among the lush landscape of Húsafell. Free WiFi access is available.
Each room here will provide you with a TV, a minibar and cable channels. Featuring a bath or shower, the private bathroom also comes with a hairdryer and free toiletries. Extras include a desk, safety deposit box and bed linen.
At Hótel Húsafell you will find a 24-hour front desk, a garden and bar. The in-house restaurant offers an array of nordic and international dishes.
Located 90 minutes from Reykjavik in West Iceland, four-star Hotel Husafell is an eco-luxury resort on the edge of Iceland’s central highlands. Just 20 minutes from Langjokull glacier, we offer easy access to glacier adventures, lava caves, ice caves, and hiking in pure Icelandic wilderness. All 48 spacious guest rooms feature modern design, local artwork and amenities made from Icelandic herbs. Our geothermally heated swimming pool is free for guests and open year-round.
During summer enjoy a round of Midnight golf on our GEO certified course. First-class dining in our renowned restaurant is an unforgettable experience with locally sourced ingredients and glacier views. Hotel Husafell is a proud member of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World.
The hotel is a great choice if you’re looking to get outside of the city center. It’s in a beautiful location and the hotel is very nice. Very clean, a great restaurant, and very friendly staff. If you can, inquire about the baths just outside of the hotel– they are amazing! Highly recommend.
I would never expect to find such a very nice hotel as this in the landscape of Iceland. The location is excellent for going up on the glacier and/or the ice tunnels. There are many waterfalls in the area and the surrounding landscape is perfect for hikes. The hotel has a 9 hole golf course for golfing under the midnight sun which is an interesting highlight to write home about!
The rooms are very comfortable and quiet with window views. And the restaurant far exceeded our expectations with an extensive wine selection and staff. You may want to drive here just for the food experience. This is a National Geographic recommended location and AI can see why.
What a beautiful hotel and what a beautiful location. This hotel is super neat, beautiful and sleek from head to toe. The staff is friendly, enthusiastic and helps you with questions or planning an excursion. The bedroom is spacious and the bathroom is very beautiful and spacious. In the room you will find coffee / tea / chocolate, shampoo, hand soap, hand cream, a shower cap, shoe polish etc.
The restaurant is expensive (also for Icelandic standards), but you should not miss this. The food here is excellent!! Try the 5-course dinner and you will have a wonderful evening. Breakfast is also arranged to perfection. It is a wide and tasty assortment.
Stunningly beautiful location and a warm welcome overcame the chill. We were fortunate to see the Northern Lights on our first evening – the wake up call for a viewing was most appreciated. Breakfast was delicious but even better was the dinner we had in the restaurant. Seriously good food, beautifully presented and explained. Wine list was excellent and the cocktails took the standards and twisted them with a unique perspective.
Could not fault the service either. This hotel becomes a destination in itself. As a bonus there are thermal pools in the hotel grounds free for use by hotel guests.
We had an amazing time at Hotel Husafell. Beautiful location with so much to do- hikes, relaxing in geothermal baths, short trips to the caves and glacier… we couldn’t do it all in 2 days.Hotel Husafell is very modern and comfortable. And the food at the hotel restaurant is nothing short of superb ( both breakfast buffet and dinner). Would love to experience the area in the summer.
his is a beautiful modern hotel in a rural setting, with very comfortable rooms which tended to be a bit warm for mid-June. A fan to circulate air would have been an excellent addition. Then again, since geothermal energy is the only thing that is inexpensive in Iceland, we were not surprised. Just open the window!
The hotel is in a beautiful location, with some snow on the mountains in the background, even though it was mid-June 2018.
Friendly and helpful front desk. Everything very clean throughout.
Food at dinner was absolutely outstanding! We had fish, of course – the cod dish had incredible taste and excellent presentation, in a dining room with all windows facing the mountains. Duck, salmon, beef, and other dishes were just as good. Breakfast was also outstanding.
Big bathroom – we were given a handicapped room, and as usual in such rooms the toilet was uncomfortably high. No big deal.
WiFi was very slow – barely usable at times. You could get breakfast while your mail web page loaded! At 6 am, the app “Speedtest” on a smartphone said it was only 0.5 Mbps (download) and 26 Mbps (upload). Using a PC, the Speedtest web page would not even load. Someone must have been hogging all the bandwidth downloading movies. There is no reason for that to happen with today’s technology, which allows for easily metering each customer, so no one gets shut out.
Very nice (American style) sauna with shower and pool.
Overall a great place to stay and as with several other hotels on this trip, we wished we could have stayed longer. Only negative was their temporary WiFi issues.
How much does a room costs at Hótel Húsafell ?
This suite features a patio, seating area and large en suite bathroom with a bath and shower. A coffee machine, work desk and wardrobe are also included. Artwork of Pall Gudmundsson is showcased in the rooms.
Where to book online – Hótel Húsafell – Gay Friendly Hotels Iceland – you can find the best hotels deals in Reykjavik during Innipúkinn which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Reykjavik on Booking.com or Trip.com or Hotelscombined.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.
4. 101 Hotel, a Member of Design Hotels 4* – Gay Friendly Hotels Reykjavik
This sleek and modern boutique hotel is located in central Reykjavik, next to the Icelandic Opera House. It offers free Wi-Fi, a fitness centre and spa facilities. 101 Hotel also houses a stylish restaurant and bar.
Contemporary design, along with black and white interior are featured in every guest room. Each is equipped with a minibar, satellite TV, CD/DVD player and Bang & Olufsen Beoplay speaker. Some rooms also have harbour views.
The in-house restaurant serves traditional Icelandic and international cuisine. It also features special menus for both happy hour and brunch. Guests can enjoy an after dinner drink in the trendy bar.
This hotel is in a great location. You can walk everywhere. The decor is modern and slick. The lobby bar is warm and cozy and the restaurant is a nice modern contrast right off the lounge area. The rooms are very well appointed. Modern and very clean. Fantastic huge shower! Could have stayed in it all day. Beds and linens were super comfortable.
This unique upscale boutique hotel is great. Well thought out design elements, Icelandic art throughout the hotel. Elevator, but wonderful location to walk the downtown shops and restaurants.
The hotel is in a GREAT location immediately across the street from the small Ingolfur Arnarson Park. The hotel has only 38 rooms, so has a boutique style feel to it. The rooms, while nice, are definitely on the small side. There is a beautiful lobby and neat bar / restaurant combination. Room rate does not include breakfast, which is quite pricey.
The location of this property is fantastic! When we checked –in, the front desk warmly greeted us. Our room was larger than most in Iceland, complete with a cute outdoor space, which we enjoyed the following morning sipping coffee. The bed was very cozy and comfy, with good linens.
Overall the hotel has a very modern feel with only one small elevator, (typical in Europe, no big deal) the bar was cool for a pre dinner drink however, we ventured out for dinner.
As for the noise, our room was on a higher floor so we actually didn’t hear much of anything, but I should add that coming from NYC, nothing really compares.
The only gripe is that the Wi-Fi can be spotty at times but overall it had a great vibe with a boutique feel.
Excellent location! Super cool, sleek, modern, artsy. Easy walking distance to all of the great shops and restaurants. I loved that! The front desk went above and beyond to help me.Everyone was extremely helpful and kind. I didn’t have breakfast there but I heard that the buffet was excellent. It is really a cool boutique hotel. Definitely ask for a quiet room. It is close to a nightclub.
Probably the only thing that I didn’t like about the hotel was the placement of the bathroom in our room. The bathroom and the bedroom were not separate.No partition between the two. The sink was in the bedroom and the shower was “on display” in the room.
For example, if you were sitting on the bed you would have a full view of someone in the shower….clear glass and mirrors, no curtain, no clouded glass. For some people this wouldn’t be a problem but I like my bathroom time to be private. (The toilet was separate and had a door) but I just hated the whole bathroom set up. Expensive hotel but the location and the service were outstanding.
Rooms are small but nicely laid out. The bathroom is part of the room with frosted glass separating the shower and toilet from the room. Our mirror was at 90 degree to the sink which was interesting. There was construction in the street to the west of the hotel but should be finished soon. The late night noise in the street from the clubs is a problem if you are a light sleeper. The location is fantastic. I would stay here again even with the street noise.
Great location, friendly service. The rooms are small but that tends to be in the case in Europe so we were not surprised. The bar area does get loud but only on the weekends, so perhaps ask for a room fair from the stairs if its available.
Also if you are renting a car, please note that the hotel has about 5-6 spaces available at a nearby lot for parking which is first-come, first-served for hotel guests, so if the spots are taken you’ll need to find street parking. That honestly was the only stressful worry we had and we only had to street park once during our stay.
There is a very small spa area with a lovely hot tub which is free to use – we used it during the afternoons (and before happy hour!) and were always the only ones using the spa.
How much does a room costs at 101 HotelReykjavík ?
Prices start 305$/night for Guest Room with 1 Queen Bed, City view. The Deluxe Guest Room with 1 King Bed, City view is 420$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.
Where to book online– 101 Hotel, a Member of Design Hotels – Gay Friendly Hotels Reykjavik Iceland– you can find the best hotels deals in Reykjavik during Innipúkinnwhich is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Reykjavik on Booking.com or Trip.com or Hotelscombined.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.
5. Eyja Guldsmeden Hotel 4* – LGBT Friendly Hotels Reykjavik
Located next to Hlemmur Square, this hotel is just off Laugavegur, the view over the city and Esja Mountain.in Reykjavík. It offers a
Balinese-style furnishings and 4-posterare featured in all at Eyja Guldsmeden Hotel. Each also has a flat-screen TV and a bathroom with Guldmeden’s own . Some rooms have a view over the sea, mountain or city.
The on-site restaurant offers local andoptions. Guests can also enjoy a bar at Eyja Guldsmeden, as well as a fitness centre and bicycle hire.
Eyja Guldsmeden is located in the up-and-coming downtown Reykjavik area, offering a view over the city and its signature mountain Esja. The hotel is right off Laugavegur, the main shopping street, and next to Hlemmur Square, the former bus terminal that soon will be turned into a food market with fresh and organic local products. Eyja Guldsmeden is only a short walk from the heart of Reykjavik and all the main city center attractions, including historic buildings, designer shops, diverse restaurants, lively cafés, bars and a vibrant nightlife.
ooms are a good size and beds were extremely comfortable. Shower amazing! The amount of products to use were very generous and luxurious, we purchased some for home they were that good. The hotel’s ethos is eco and it’s a bali themed style decor too.
Breakfast is lovely, fresh fruit, slices of ham/meats etc and fab smoked salmon!. hot options were good, scrambled egg, sausages and nice crispy bacon. There is a basic offering in the evening but more than enough choice and we ate their two nights and were very pleased with quality.
During the day and night you can help yourself to tea and coffee, and fruit. They had oat and almond milks, and I took my own soya and you can grab a bottle of chilled water for your room too. Very relaxed atmosphere.
We will return in the summer soon and thank you team Eyja Guldsmeden for your gay friendly welcome and support during our stay.
The hotel is in a great location with plenty of parking outside. Not far to the city centre. All of the extras in the room are eco friendly which was a nice touch (bamboo toothbrushes, recycled toilet paper etc). The room was beautifully decorated just like the pictures & very clean. Staff are very friendly. Definitely recommend.
The hotel is lovely and has the added bonus of being an eco hotel, they try to use recycled/eco friendly products where they can. Our bed was really comfortable and the breakfasts, although quite pricey at £18 a head, were delicious and extensive.
The staff were happy to give us a bag so we could take food on our tours. It is in a very good, quiet location, only a short walk away from the high street with bars and restaurants. The only criticism I would have is that the door adjoining the bedroom and bathroom was like a screen so did not give you much privacy from your fellow room mate.
The hotel had a section of the dairy sensitive products which included oat, soya and almond milk. The attention to detail at this hotel is incredible. Our room was gorgeous and complete with all essentials you need. The shampoo conditioner and little products provided were all eco friendly and organic. The hotel also left a birthday message for my boyfriend by the free bottle of wine which was a lovely touch.
Overall we would really recommend that when booking a trip to Iceland, you book with this hotel. The staff are warm and friendly and the location of this hotel is also ideal. Only a five minute walk from the city centre. Free parking is also an option at this hotel if you hire a car which is what we did. Thank you to the staff at this hotel for all you help and organising the decorations in the room, you made our trip to Iceland very special.
Beautiful eco-friendly boutique hotel; a quick walk to the city center, the Hammer Mathol, the Harpa, the church, shopping, restaurants!
Great organic buffet breakfast with eggs, bacon, smoked salmon, skyr, yogurt, muesli, chia pudding, pastries, traditional Icelandic breads, cheeses, meats, coffee, tea, juices in a cozy candlelit space on dark mornings. a great view looking out as the sun comes up too!
The rooms are stylish, warm and inviting with wonderful bath products and the beds are amazingly comfortable, as are the pillows!
and the bright, helpful young staff made this hotel the only place I’d ever want to stay in Reykjavik! I’m telling everyone headed to Iceland about it.
How much does a room costs at Eyja Guldsmeden Hotel ?
Spacious, top-floor suite that features a view and seating area. It also has a four-poster bed, flat-screen TV and private bathroom with a shower and organic toiletries.
Where to book online– Eyja Guldsmeden Hotel – Gay Friendly Hotels Reykjavik Iceland– you can find the best hotels deals in Reykjavik during Innipúkinnwhich is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Reykjavik on Booking.com or Trip.com or Hotelscombined.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.