Klettar Tower, Golden Circle, Iceland: Review – A Unique Stay
Klettar Tower Iceland: Unique Golden Circle Stay
Klettar Tower Iceland, 1 double room, 2 nights (incl. VAT and city tax): EUR295 (per night ISK24,500, US$175, GBP134, EUR148). Klettar Tower Iceland, Klettar Klettar, Fludir, 801, Iceland.
Tel. +354 419 2819
written by EatGoSee
Soaring views overlooking the surrounding countryside and farmlands
Central location to most Golden Circle attractions
Self-catering option helps cut down on dining out costs in Golden Circle
Divisive lodging for people seeking conventional hotel comforts
Small space for longer-term stays (say over 3 days)
Bathroom privacy is, uhm, debatable
Klettar Tower: But, first, an admission
Yet, I flock to the weird and wonderful out of sheer curiosity to experience it first hand. I do feel a sense of responsibility with EatGoSee to highlight unique offerings and stays, perhaps, overlooked under a deluge of convention.
I shared with the incomparable Eat Sleep Breathe Travel that stayed in a one-of-a-kind Airbnb in Paris perfectly situated in charming Montmartre adjacent to the elegant tree-lined Boulevard Haussman. A perfect pied-a-terre city break finished to a brief that could have only asked for “Urban Polynesian Fertility Clinic”. A mezzanine apartment replete with palm trees, magnificent feather wall mounts and, naturally, chubby wooden sculptures sporting impressive erections all on display under smartphone-controlled lighting that transitioned across a rainbow colour spectrum.
A stay that left its mark. It shows there is something for everyone but not everyone will want that something. Klettar Tower Iceland is, therefore, the right fit for the right visitor.
Klettar Tower Iceland: The Studio Room
A double bed dressed moss green contrasts with polished exposed concrete and warm woods. A phalanx of coat hooks are mounted on the wall offers some storage but the under bed drawers make practical use of the limited space.
A corner kitchen space allows travellers the ability to make simple meals over a dual electric burner and store food in a mini-fridge. The kitchen is stocked with pots, pans, electric kettles, mugs and most things you would need to make meals for one or two. I frankly appreciate the modest cooking facilities after a week of eating in restaurants causing grievous bodily harm to my credit card. Iceland remains one of my most expensive stays so self-catering offers budget respite and flexibility. The most capable home cook will not be able to churn out memorable meals here but breakfast and light meals are easily achievable.
The bathroom is modern with a strong shower with complimentary toiletries and clean towels provided. The swinging glass door leaves little to the imagination so, suffice to say, you should share with someone you know very well.
Lastly, the LED lights in the room change colour at the touch of a button offering a glimpse of my Parisian stay. It is a lifestyle choice I guess.
Klettar Tower Iceland: The Panoramic Scenes
The top floor is reserved for impressive 360 views. Sure this could be a ‘penthouse’ in other accommodations but, this way, everyone gets to share the spoils. Mrs EatGoSee and I sit nursing red wine and local Icelandic beer with snacks collected from a supermarket in nearby Fludir. We lounge on faux fur throws scattered over a leather bench that hugs the Tower’s circumference. The long summer nights means sunset is elusive but we stare across the stretching landscape watching the tops of mature trees sway in the breeze. The silence is world’s away from Dubai’s cacophonous urbanity.
Klettar Tower Iceland: Handy Golden Circle Central Location
The Golden Circle features some of Iceland’s most beloved tourist spots: from spewing geysers to crashing waterfalls. The deceptively well-known Secret Lagoon Hot Spring is Iceland’s oldest hot spring bath within striking distance of Farmer’s Bistro; a restaurant affiliated with Iceland’s only mushroom farm serving affordable casual lunch dishes. The ‘reservations required’ Fridheimer tomato vineyard churning out lunches in a greenhouse perfumed distinctly with tomato vines. The Kerid crater leaves the distinct impression a meteor once struck this land and nothing was the same ever since.
You came to Iceland for these adventures; these photogenic, moments.
All these places are easily within an hour or less of Klettar Tower providing you with a more affordable launchpad from which to strikeout.
Who Should Come to Klettar Tower?
I usually end each blog post with this question, however, this is a central consideration and begs the question about the accommodation rating.
Klettar Tower will not be for everyone. Devotees of chandelier opulence, art deco and infinite Egyptian thread counts will clutch pearls and be left wanting. They will also gloss over this option.
There’s no room service, no reception, nor breakfast option nor spa treatment menu.
This stripped-back accommodation is for the traveller that stares at a converted farmer’s grain tower in an Icelandic field and sees that Klettar Tower presents an opportunity. Iceland’s Golden Circle is extremely popular in a country that, frankly, tests the wallet and credit limits of many. The aggravated proximity within its most coveted region means that pragmatism fills gaps.
Do not misunderstand me. I love nestling at a modern hotel cocktail bar, sifting through a thoughtfully constructed wine menu like the best of them.
Klettar Tower suits travellers that prioritize location over form; seasoned roamers who will enjoy long lie-ins with fast, reliable WiFi able to make toast and tea while debating where to go first that day without the rustle of housekeeping.
I like the flexible check-in time and the absence of reception. There are downsides naturally. The noise from the other rooms was drowned out at times by the rattle of the steel staircase that snakes around Klettar Tower.
But, like my Igloo-style Bubble Hotel stay (also in the Golden Circle). the unique opportunity to share that time I slept in a grain tower in Iceland able to fly my drone for miles to see whether I really want to check out that fishing village. Turns out I did not want to go.
Is Klettar Tower disability-friendly?
For wheelchair users or on travellers on crutches, there is no elevator to the higher floors. This also means carrying luggage to higher floors will present a challenge for even non-disabled persons. There is a ground floor room so you may want to enquire specifically about its availability. It is also immediately accessible to the dedicated car park.