Icelandair Hotels is a leading chain of quality hotels in Iceland. Whether you want to enjoy the natural beauty of historical sites, take part in outdoor activities or experience the cultural life of the south, north, east and west of Iceland, we always offer first-class facilities and excellent service. We also operate Hilton Reykjavik Nordica, the seasonal hotel chain Hotel Edda and Canopy Reykjavik|City Centre.

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Welcome to Icelandair Hotels, Iceland's premier hotel chain, and the trusted source for comfortable, affordable accommodations for visitors and locals alike since 1966. Choose from 8 hotels throughout Iceland, including two hotel locations in Reykjavik - each with its authentic-Icelandic character, drawing inspiration from the unique local settings of this beautiful island-nation.

We at Icelandair Hotels are keen to help make your dream holiday come true. Our eight hotels are the ideal gateway to the unique experience that is Iceland, whether in the buzzing city of Reykjavik or the magnificent countryside. Each of our eight hotels is perfectly situated, and all have something unique to offer. We strive to ensure that your accommodation in Iceland is of the highest quality and place great emphasis on superior service, comfortable surroundings, fresh, locally sourced food, and attention to detail that will make your visit unforgettable.
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Hotel Class

The purpose of the Hotel Class


The purpose of the Hotel Class is to provide support to the company’s human resources policy by strengthening employees’ professional development to improve their performance, enable them to handle the challenges involved and gain an opportunity to grow and develop in their profession.

The Hotel Class manages staff education in all fields, and all training is based on taking into account the company’s policies and the needs of its employees to ensure that the training is as dedicated as possible.

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Human resource policy

The company’s goal is to employ capable and dedicated employees who are ready to tackle demanding tasks in an international environment. Icelandair Hotels strive to be a workplace that attracts motivated employees and focuses on ensuring that its employees work together as a team, take responsibility and show initiative in their work as well as the willingness to take on new and demanding tasks. Efforts are made to strengthen employees’ professional development to improve their performance, enable them to handle the changes and challenges involved and gain an opportunity to grow and develop in their profession. The company is focused on quality staff selection and seeks people with particular capabilities, attitudes and values when recruiting new employees.


Icelandic Employers Education Award 2016

Icelandair Hotels received the Icelandic Employers Education Award 2016 from SA-Business Iceland, a service organization for Icelandic businesses. The selection committee substantiated their choice on their impression of how Icelandair Hotels is working with great professionalism and ambission to educate their staff. With an average of 700 employees of 25 nationalities, the objective is to be able to offer all employees appropriate education.

Icelandair Hotels have prioritised education for their employees which has resulted in even higher quality and greater job satisfaction. This award is an incentive to continue to develop educational paradigms to meet the ever-changing needs of customers and employees.

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Triumphant Icelandair Hotels trainees at the Icelandic championships for the trades and crafts sector in March 2014. 

From left to right are the trainee waiters winner Jón Bjarni Óskarsson from Satt Restaurant; Sunnefa Hildur Aðalsteinsdóttir, trainee waiter at Satt Restaurant, who placed third; Arnar Ingi Gunnarsson, from Slippbarinn;  and the winning chef trainee Karl Óskar Smárason, from VOX Restaurant.

Workplace training 

at Icelandair Hotels

The goal of the hotels is to ensure that trainees receive professional education to tackle future challenges. The size and diversity of the hotels means that trainees have the option of a highly extensive range of education and experience within the positions that belong to the industry and benefit from the diverse educational activities within the company. The company focuses on ensuring a healthy workplace morale and specifically seeks to strengthen the managers of kitchens and restaurants in their role as instructors and mentors.

The Icelandair Hotels restaurants that offer workplace training are Vox, Satt and Slippbarinn


On average, there are usually 40 trainees learning to be chefs at Icelandair Hotels. Education in cooking is diverse and demanding. Chefs are leaders in the kitchen and play a large part in creating the experience that the guests of the hotel enjoy and the working atmosphere that is created in a restaurant. The training programme covers everything from creating menus to gaining the ability to create dishes for banquets, and everything in between.


On average, there are usually 30 trainees learning to be waiters at Icelandair Hotels. The waiter training course covers an extensive and diverse field. Hotel guests come from all over the world and belong to all kinds of social groups. They range from being international superstars to families on summer holiday. The work, therefore, requires extremely good communication skills, initiative, service orientation, taking pleasure in making guests happy and creating the atmosphere that is characteristic of high-quality hotels.


Icelandair Hotels operates a large bakery that is responsible for providing all its hotels with bakery goods. There are usually an average of 3–4 baker apprentices employed in the bakery. In addition, chef and waiter trainees are offered the opportunity to increase the range of their knowledge through visits to the bakery. The bakery is responsible for extremely ambitious work where everything is baked from scratch, including festive cakes and whatever else the bakery artists dream up on any given occasion. Work in the bakery industry is both interesting and fun.

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Apprentice training

- what is involved?

Icelandair Hotels operates two hotel chains, Icelandair Hotels and Edda Hotels, in addition to operating Hilton Reykjavík Nordica. Catering activities form a large part of the operation of the hotels. The restaurants Vox, Satt and Slippbarinn are operated in the company’s hotels in the greater Reykjavík area, as well as Aurora at Hotel Akureyri. Extensive and dynamic workplace training is carried out in the hotels’ restaurants.

Trainees in Icelandair Hotels have their own master instructor or mentor who guides and teaches them and prepares them for their journeyman’s certification. Trainees who are under contract with Icelandair Hotels also enjoy the benefits of Icelandair Hotels’ large workplace. The chain employs numerous master chefs and professionals with extensive experience who are happy to share their expertise and knowledge with the hotels’ trainees. Part of the operation of the Hotel Class involves managing the training and education of trainees. Apprentice days are held on a regular basis, during which trainees receive training or education on issues which are at the forefront each time, whether in sales and services or specialised training such as barista training. Also recruited are masters or other professionals available within Icelandair Hotels to share their knowledge and experience.

In addition, there are numerous courses on offer for trainees such as wine courses, coffee courses, cheese courses, etc.

How to apply

Applications for trainee positions can be sent in throughout the year. The contractual period for baker and chef apprentices is four years, while training to be a waiter takes three years. During the training period, trainees generally spend three terms in college, while the other part of the education takes place in the Icelandair Hotel workplace with which the trainee has a contract.

To apply for a trainee position, the applicant must be positive, willing to learn and strive for success and enjoy working in a dynamic and international environment. The applicant should preferably have completed a general food training course.

Apply for trainee position here

For further information please contact Björk Baldvinsdóttir at bjorkbal(at)
/ tel: (+354) 5050 107

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Contact Us

    • Satt

      Icelandair Hotel Reykjavík Natura
      - Satt Restaurant

      Björk Óskarsdóttir, Operations Manager

      Styrmir Karlsson, Head Chef

      Ana Marta Montes, F&B Manager
    • Vox

      Hilton Reykjavík Nordica
      - VOX Restaurant

      Fannar Vernharðsson, Head Chef

      Magnús Hallgrímsson, Head Chef 

      Guðrún Björk Geirsdóttir, F&B Manager 
    • Slippbarinn

      Icelandair Hotel Reykjavík Marina
      - Slippbarinn

      Árni Þór Jónsson, Head Chef

      Valdimar Valdimarsson, Restaurant Manager

  • Canopy Reykjavík | City Centre
    - Geiri Smart Restaurant

    Stefán Viðarsson, F&B Development


    Alba E. H. Hough, F&B Manager


  • Icelandair hótel Akureyri
    - Aurora Restaurant

    Níels P. Jósefsson, Head Chef

  • Icelandair hótel Hérað

    Guðjón Rúnar Þorgrímsson, Head Chef


AtvinnutækifæriJob opportunities

after training

On completion of their apprenticeship, a world of opportunities opens up for professionals. The future of tourism in Iceland is bright, and employment in the food industry opens up numerous opportunities both here in Iceland and overseas. Jobs within the industry are creative and demanding and the diversity considerable.

Many of Icelandair Hotels’ trainees return to work as future employees; others travel the world and come back later. Many have developed their skills further to fill management positions or been given other exciting opportunities after completing their training. Numerous opportunities also open up for trainees while they are training as well as for those who have completed their training. For instance, the trainees and staff of Icelandair Hotels have often participated in exciting projects for the various entities within Icelandair Group, such as trips round the world, participation in overseas exhibitions, etc. The possibilities are endless.