Esjan
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Esjan

Skrautholar 4 Kjalarnes, Reykjavik 116 Iceland
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4.5
#2 of 11 lodges in Reykjavik
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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4.8 of 5 bubbles
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4.9 of 5 bubbles
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ESJAN takes its name from the majestic mountain that rises above the farm. She is the queen of mountains in this region of Iceland, situated across the bay from the capital Reykjavik. This unique accommodation is in 2 up-cycled City Buses converted into 5 units with a Bath House serving both. Connected to nature and the elements this promises to be your best stay in Iceland.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Beach
Hiking
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Non-smoking hotel
Private check-in / check-out
Secured parking
Wifi
Horseback riding
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Kitchenette
Refrigerator
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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2.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Hidden Gem
Great View
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Jani B wrote a review Oct 2022
Vaasa, Finland103 contributions20 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is one of the most unusual and coolest accomodations I have stayed ever! The bus was very clean and practical for a family of four. Only minus was that the bunkbed didnt have a rail so one of the parents had to sleep on the top bed.

The service house was very good and close. Our girls think this was the best stay we had during our 2 week travel in Iceland. We didnt see the owner the whole time we were there but did get info as a message.

Lots of cats, chickens and a rooster in the yard. Also a trampolin for kids, though it was too wet when we were there.
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Date of stay: September 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Monihampton wrote a review Sept 2019
New York City, New York918 contributions78 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in Esjan in 2017 and had a great time so we decided to stay again in 2019. Just as awesome as we remembered it.

If you're okay with a shared bathroom and you love your travel companions then you'll have a good time here. The bus guest rooms are so lovingly decorated and the view of Mt. Esja is incredible. It's like sleeping outdoors except in a comfy bed with heat and running water!

I can't wait to go back.
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Date of stay: August 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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480JB13 wrote a review Nov 2018
Exeter42 contributions52 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A unique experience staying the night on a bus, the conversation has been very well designed and looks great.

The room was very clean and heated so we weren’t cold, the toilets and shower block is only a few steps away and those were also kept very clean and tidy. There is free WiFi and parking just a few steps away from the buses. There is a small oven/grill and 2 hobs. The views are lovely with mountains and the sea.

The owner was very friendly and welcoming. Would definitely recommend a visit here.
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Date of stay: November 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Lise Lyhne M wrote a review Sept 2023
Vedersø2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I was supposed to stay at this place for two nights with my family.
We talked with the owner twice before coming. Both times she confirmed that we had a “bus” for two days.
We arrived after 6 hours with to kids.
We met the woman who welcomed us with “OH I thought you were coming tomorrow”
With two crying kids in my arms I heard the woman “sorry, I don’t know what kind of witchcraft this is. Now I have to bring my car to the mechanic”
She offered us a free night the next day without payment and drove away.
We tried contacting her to confirm the agreement - She never answered!!!

We had two were stressed and expensive nights in Reykjavik. Trying to find room for us and two kids in last moment.

It is the most unloving, careless way I have ever seen any person treat a family.
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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milbucksfans wrote a review July 2019
Milwaukee, WI171 contributions36 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our family of four took advantage of Icelandair's "stopover" program and spent 24 hours in Iceland on our way to mainland Europe. Our stay in the converted buses of Esjan was among the highlights of our visit. Our host, Linda, was entirely accommodating, communicative, and exceedingly friendly, as was her charming doggy. The buses were very clean, cozy, and well-appointed with all the necessary bed linens as well as sufficient blankets and towels. Though we didn't have time to make use of them, the bus also offered kitchen amenities, including a stove. Common-use restrooms and showers were clean, fully functional, and quite comfortable.

The setting at the foot of Mt. Esja was breathtaking and looking out the bus window from my bed at 3 AM to see the fully lit mountain only steps away was a sight I will never forget. An early morning hike partway up the mountain, begun directly from our bus, was another highlight of our visit.

Our only regret was that we had only one night to enjoy Esjan but we cannot wait to return and recommend it highly as an alternative to the traditional vacation stay!
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Date of stay: June 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Mackenzie L wrote a review Aug 2018
Victoria, Canada50 contributions21 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
My boyfriend and I stayed here for one night in July 2018. Prior to our trip, he had asked me to find "the weirdest places to stay in Iceland" - so that's what I googled and this came up! These buses and this location absolutely blew me away. We knew we were getting into something unique but wow, the buses are so cozy and well built and just completely charming.
The view out the window towards the mountains was spectacular. The bath house was quite nice and comfortable. We felt spoiled staying here!
It's about 20-30 minutes outside Reykjavik, easy to find, and super easy if you're spending your day touring Reykjavik but want to stay here as well.

I would 100% recommend staying here both because it's comfortable and a wonderful stay, but also because it's completely unique!
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Date of stay: July 2018
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: All buses have a great view of the mountains but the "mountain view rooms" would have a...
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Karen A wrote a review Dec 2023
Edinburgh, United Kingdom40 contributions14 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in the Esjan bus over Christmas and had the most amazing experience, two short buses from Reykjavik (30 mins) heated glamping buses with beautiful views and facilities, hot showers, Cockerell, cats n beautiful walks....just perfect!
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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LynnzieLu wrote a review May 2019
Dallas, Texas107 contributions54 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The converted buses were so adorable and comfortable! The kitchenette was stocked with everything we needed to prepare simple meals but we also had access to the shared grill outside. The bathroom facilities were very clean and well stocked. Best part was waking up at the foot of Mt Esja, watching the ocean waves crashing to shore across the fields with grazing horses and sheep. Simply gorgeous!
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Date of stay: October 2018
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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kate8827 wrote a review Oct 2018
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have stayed in this stylish bus only for 1 night, but I wished to be there longer. The room was clean, well equipped. The bathroom is just about few steps away. Our room had a beautiful view to the mountains, so while you are having dinner you can enjoy the beauty of Iceland. Staff was also perfect, very nice and helpful. We highly recommend, hopefully we will have a chance to come again.
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Date of stay: May 2018
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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CLS419 wrote a review June 2018
Lansing, MI47 contributions34 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This was definitely our most unique stay in Iceland - in a converted bus. The room slept 4 and there were only 3 of us, but it was still a bit cramped. There was a small kitchen in the room (where the bus driver would sit) and a table with seating for 4. The wind was howling the night we were there but it was still quite cozy. A few drawbacks are that you have to go outside to reach the bathroom (although they were very nice bathrooms). Also, it was hard to know how to check in. Luckily there were other guests in one of the other busses and they took us to the barn next door where we found the host. There also was no breakfast. But, it was still a great price for a very unique stay in Iceland.
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Date of stay: May 2018
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Mackenzie L wrote a tip Aug 2018
Victoria, Canada50 contributions21 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All buses have a great view of the mountains but the "mountain view rooms" would have a more private view."
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Pauline v wrote a tip Feb 2017
3 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Take a unit in the bus closest to the Esjan mountain."
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thunderbeings232 wrote a tip Feb 2017
New York City, New York1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All the rooms have spectacular views..open Icelandic countryside."
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vtres2017 wrote a tip Feb 2017
Berlin, Germany1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All the rooms are amazing and unique. I have stayed here several times and highly recommend it!"
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PRICE RANGE
AU$267 - AU$366 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
IcelandCapital RegionReykjavik
NUMBER OF ROOMS
5
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Frequently Asked Questions about Esjan
Which popular attractions are close to Esjan?
Nearby attractions include Mount Esja (4.6 km), Arnarholl Statue (6.0 km), and Icewear (7.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Esjan?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and kids activities.
Is parking available at Esjan?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Are pets allowed at Esjan?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Esjan?
Many travellers enjoy visiting The Einar Jonsson Sculpture Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar) (11.7 km), The settlement exhibition (11.6 km), and Videy Island (8.2 km).
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