Accommodation categories

Accommodation categories

Each of our member properties is unique. Individual lodgings can range from a small farm with only four rooms to a country hotel that can accommodate up to 150 guests. Some have been skilfully converted from traditional farm buildings, former school buildings or community centres while others are more modern.

We have several accommodation categories to cater to different needs, ranging from simple yet comfortable rooms with shared bathrooms to more elaborate rooms with private/en-suite bathrooms.

Accommodation types

Country hotels
More facilities and services and more luxury in comfort. All rooms in cat. IV have private/en-suite bathrooms and are better equipped. On-site bars/restaurants offering buffets and/or á la carte menus open year-round or summer only.

Bed and breakfast
Bed and breakfasts generally have a more intimate atmosphere. Guests stay in the home of the hosts or in a separate building on the premises. Rooms range from the more simple to the more comfortable with shared or private/en-suite bathrooms. Meals other than breakfast are sometimes available.

Self catering cottages or apartments
All cottages/apartments have cooking facilities and the necessary kitchen utensils and crockery for the registered number of guests. Duvets are supplied but guests rent the bed linen. A great choice for families or smaller groups.

Made-up beds or sleeping bag accommodation in ordinary-sized rooms (1-4 pers.) or in larger communal areas with a shared bathroom. Mattresses are sometimes provided when extra beds are needed. Breakfast is not included. A good value choice for those who are on a budget, prefer simple accommodation or who seek the company of fellow travellers.

Categories within Bed and breakfast and Country hotel

Rooms in bed & breakfasts and country hotels can be of four different categories.

Category I | standard
These rooms are simple, comfortable and adequate. Beds are made and rooms are cleaned daily. Clean towels are supplied. Guests have access to a communal lounge. Breakfast is included.

Category II | standard
In addition to category I, all rooms have hand basins and are usually of a higher standard and better equipped. Breakfast is included.

Category III | comfort
In addition to categories I and II, rooms have private/en-suite bathrooms. Breakfast is included.

Category IV | comfort
Rooms with private/en-suite bathrooms in country hotels. Better equipped with TV and sometimes tea and coffee making facilities. Breakfast is included.

Categories within Self catering

Cottages/apartments are rented out both on a daily and weekly basis. They must be neat and in good condition, have running water and a WC. Duvets are supplied but guests are required to rent bed linen. Cleaning is usually not included in the price; guests are normally required to clean themselves before departure although sometimes  cleaning services are available for an extra fee. All cottages/apartments have cooking facilities and the necessary kitchen utensils and crockery for the registered number of guests. Breakfast is sometimes available on request. Self-catering cottages/apartments can be of four categories: A, B, C or D. The difference between the categories is mainly a question of size, extra facilities and comfort.

Category A
These cottages/apartments are simple and need only be one room with WC facilities. Cooking facilities and refrigerator.

Category B
These cottages/apartments have at least one separate bedroom. Coffee maker. Shower facilities in the area.

Category C
In addition to the requirements of A and B, there is a shower inside the cottage/apartment and at least one well-equipped bedroom w/bedside tables and a wardrobe. Coffee-maker and toaster. Veranda with garden furniture and barbeque facilities.

Category D
These are cottages/apartments with requirements of overall good standard. At least one well-equipped bedroom with bedside tables and wardrobe. Comfortable and tasteful furniture. Veranda with garden furniture, barbeque facilities and hot tub/Jacuzzi.

The Icelandic Tourist Board acknowledges and approves the Icelandic Farm Holidays classification system.