I knew I wanted to stay around Vík to begin my Icelandic adventure because of the sheer amount of things to do and the abundance of natural beauty to captivate me. Vík, Reynisfjara and Dyrhólaey had always been my calling cards to Iceland, and because I’d planned this trip a little different to any road trip I’d done before, I knew I’d need a comfy base for a few nights (usually I move around every night).
Hotel Katla fitted the bill perfectly, sitting along my route to and from places like Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon and Reykjavik, so was somewhere I called home for three nights. Located just outside the little town of Vík, you can enjoy views out toward Dyrhólaey if you sit in the uppermost corner at breakfast!
The room was comfortable, traditionally furnished, but for us a little too warm – and despite turning down the thermostat, I had to stick my head out of the window in the middle of the night just to be able to breathe! The bedding was simple – a low tog duvet, one pillow and one cushion each, but with no spares hidden away. Room facilities included a desk, table and chairs, clothes and luggage storage, enormous TV, alarm clock, hairdryer and kettle. It was clean apart from the unfortunate amount of dead flies found on the windowsill when we arrived; some attention to detail lacking – tissue was cheap and rough, and their towel policy was unclear, so despite leaving them hanging as they didn’t need changing, they were all washed anyway. Other hotel facilities included the hot tub, restaurant and bar, and there’s even a little private pond by the foyer for a morning or evening stroll.
An enormous breakfast choice beautifully displayed with handwritten signage greets you every morning; there’s even something for us vegetarians! Staff are very polite but to us Brits sometimes too attentive whilst in the restaurant area – no sooner have you laid down your cutlery than they are clearing the table!
All in all if you know this is the location for you, as I did, I’d definitely recommend Hotel Katla. This area is hugely popular in high tourist season, but you can save a few pennies if you don’t mind your room looking like a log cabin, and put them toward an extra tank of petrol to go exploring with!