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Remote “office hotel” proves popular

A so-called “office hotel” opened in the Westfjordian town Ísafjördur (pop. 4,000) last December and has quickly become a popular conference destination for companies like Glitnir and Dale Carnegie.

“We opened formally in December 2006, but didn’t start operating until January 2007. Then everything started happening and we got more traffic than we ever expected,” Office Hotel manager Pétur B. Pétursson told

The office facilities have been rented on average of six to seven times per month and about 300 guests have attended conferences at the Office Hotel since January. Pétursson said he expected the number of guests to increase further next fall and winter.

Office Hotel owners Inga S. Ólafsdóttir and Kristján G. Jóhannsson bought unfinished office facilities in the heart of Ísafjördur in 2005 and renovated them into three offices for short-term rentals that can also double as a conference room for 25 to 30 people, as well as a fully-equipped 12-person meeting room.

“Self-employed individuals and lawyers have used the office facilities because it is a great advantage for lawyers to be able to meet their clients in a quiet space. The District Court of the Westfjords is located in the same building,” Pétursson said.

Despite being located 450 kilometers away from Reykjavík, Pétursson claims Ísafjördur is the perfect location for an office hotel because it has advantages other locations in Iceland lack.

“First and foremost a quiet and friendly environment […]. It is good to get away from the noisy capital,” Pétursson said. “Ísafjördur is also noted for its beauty and culture and destinations like Hornstrandir [the northern Westfjords] and [the island] Vigur are close by.”

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