Pronounced “rey-kya-veek”, the name of Iceland’s capital loosely translates to “Smoky Bay”, inspired by the clear steam that fogs up the hot springs of the area. Brimming with life and beauty, immerse yourself in the heart of the city by staying in one of these 10 creative Airbnb vacation rentals bound to tickle your brain and brighten up your day:
Situated on the ground floor of an old charming house, stay within the quiet neighborhood of Laugavegur whilst still being steps away from the bustling downtown. With a cushy double bed and a view of the lush green surroundings, fall asleep while snuggling up to your partner. Heat up last night’s dinner in the microwave and enjoy your simple breakfast for two in the comfort of your own room. Though small, this Airbnb studio allows for a decent shower space, perfect for a warm rinse after a long day of exploring the historical neighborhood.
Cozy nest in the city centreReykjavík, Capital Region, Iceland
Top guest reviewsthe furnishings are basic but comfortable and the shower was hot and had great pressurethe kitchen fit our needs perfectly tooit's small but comfortable and birna is a terrific hostthe room my girlfriend and i stayed in was the perfect size with everything we neededtoilet is clean and has warm shower 24/7the space itself was very clean and welcomingbirna was always available to help the space was cute clean and convenient
Host:birna was a great hostbirna was a lovely host and i enjoyed staying at her little lovely placeshe was a wonderful host - very helpful and set out planners and guidesbirna is a very wonderful hostbirna was a great host and was easy and quick to communicate withRead more reviewslocation perfect very close to hallgrimskirja and downtown superb :)location is great 10 mins to downtown and even closer to shops and restaurantsexcellent location smack in the middle of some wonderful streets for shopping eating and drinkingbirna was great and the place perfectly centralgreat cozy place in amazing location in the center of the city
The checkered floor tiles are an eye-catcher for many. Paired with oak furniture that lines the interior, the juxtaposition of modernity and rustic charms makes this the perfect vacation rental for 2. If you’re tired after a long flight, hop into the fluffy queen-sized bed and rest up. (PS: If you hate floral bed sheets, there are plain colored ones in the closet for you to use.) Spend your rainy afternoons indoors, surfing through the many cable TV channels available or picking out a new read from the host’s personal collection of books. When the weather clears up, head out to your own private backyard; the hammock is a great place for you and your partner to laze!
Address: Miðbær (see map)
Price: from 98 USD
Number of Guests: 2
Tucked away in the quiet streets of Mýri neighborhood, this charming Airbnb apartment is located a mere 7-minute walk from Kringlan mall where you can shop till you drop! Featuring a cozy interior suitable for 3, the luxe forest-green couch makes for a great napping spot if you feel the sleep monster catching up with you. Choose from the 2 rooms available; the master bedroom has a clean queen-sized bed and ample space for your luggage. Head over to the smaller room, where you get the space all to yourself on the single bed, and a hanging closet too!
Address: Háaleiti og Bústaðir (see map)
Price: from 100 USD
Number of Guests: 3
Located on the top floor of a block in the city center, this small Airbnb loft is best suited for a solo traveler looking for a piece of home. With a cozy single bed planted under the skylight, fall asleep to the reassuring rays of the midnight moon. Furnished with oriental decorations, there’s plenty of space for you to jot down your reflections for the day at the work bench provided. Feel free to pick out a classic read from the bookshelves too. After a tiring day of traveling, soothe your weary muscles by taking a dip in the private bathtub across from your room. The friendly house cat may drop by for a peek, so don’t be shocked to find furry ears hiding behind your towel!
Address: Miðbær (see map)
Price: from 65 USD
Number of Guests: 1
For the family on a budget looking for a decent stay, check out the first floor of this three-story vacation rental house dating back to 1927. Choose from 2 luxury rooms complete with plush queen-sized beds and a great dawn view! Adjoined by a sliding door, it makes waking up the kids during sleepy Sunday mornings much easier. Sink into the hot tub with a glass of wine in hand just before you nod off to sleep.
NEW! Warm home in city centerReykjavík, Capital Region, Iceland
Top guest reviewsamenities were great from wifi to kitchen accessories to storagethe apartment is spacious and filled with natural lightthe apartment looks just like it's photosthe apartment was furnished beautifully and complete with all our needsthe apartment was nicely furnished and had a great modern designvery clean and cozyclean quiet and comfortableit was clean and cosy and had nice touchesthe place was clean pretty and very convenientthe apartment is clean nicely designed with good space and toasty warm
Host:a really pleasant host with a lovely apartmentmaria was a great host and always responded very quickly to any questions we hadmaria was a very good hostmaria and bryn are great hostsmaria was superb host very helpful and directly answering all our questionsRead more reviewsfantastic location and beautifully furnishedamazing location right in downtown close to all the sightsbeautiful apartment with a perfect locationexcellent location for first time visitors to icelandgorgeous flat and the location was amazing
Hidden away in a traditional timburhús (timber house), this color-fun Airbnb apartment is well lit with an abundance of natural lighting from outside. Whip up a simple homemade meal in the warm kitchen, and have your breakfast surrounded by little green plants to brighten up your day! Choose from the queen-sized bed for late night cuddles or the two single beds if you’d like more space for yourself. If you find yourself tossing and turning, head to the lounge area and turn on your go-to indie playlist with the sound system. Relax on the rocking chair as your favorite artists sing you to sleep.
Bright and cozy apartment in down town ReykjavikReykjavík, Capital Region, Iceland
Top guest reviewswe'd definitely rent kfc's apartment again on our next visitwell-furnished kitchen with modern and useful appliances and utensilsbathroom size was fantastic (and the towel warmer was a great addition )kfc's space is cozy and comfortablethe apartment was spotlessly clean well equipped (including awesome kitchen and washer/dryer) spacious and well litit was clean and cozythe place is so cozy clean & hipit was clean and bright and the bed was super comfortablethe apartment was clean and well outfitted for our staysuper nice cozy modern rustic place extreme clean as well
Host:kristof was such a wonderful host very responsive and very helpfulvery friendly and responsive hostskfc was a very polite and welcoming hostmost importantly kristjan was a generous and considerate hostkristjan and dora are impeccable warm amazing hostsRead more reviewsthis is a great locationthe location is great with a short walk to nice restaurants and shopskfc's place is located in the center of downtown easy to walk to most of sightseeingsvery nice apartment and the location is perfect very close to everythingthis is a really cool apartment in a wonderful central location
Surrounded by a beautiful nature reserve, book a stay in this log cabin if you’re looking for the ultimate getaway in the woods. Fitted with a heater, huddle up on the cushy couches on cold winter nights while heating up a cup of hot cocoa in the microwave. Choose from the bigger room with a double bed and well-lit interior, or the shared room with a queen-sized sleeper that doubles up as a day couch. The little ones can take the single bed on the second level. If you’re lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of the stunning Northern Lights!
Lovely cabin close to Blue LagoonHafnarfjörður, Iceland
Top guest reviewscozy and charming cabin in a lovely nature placeanother benefit was the wifi we were expecting it to be extremely slow but it worked greatgreat place to stay to save money too since it has a full kitchenvery comfortable cosy lodge even when the wind was howling outsidevery clean and comfortableclean warm and very comfortablenice place to stay clean and cosyspotlessly clean too and a lovely hot showerit was super clean
Host:kathrina’s directions and advice for local attractions were very helpfulkathrina was very communicative and helpfulhighly recommend the cabin and kathrina as a hostkathrina is an excellent host - very responsive and helpful :)the other thing that makes kathrina such a great host were the directions to the cabinRead more reviewsthe location is perfect very near blue lagoonwe love the locationlovely cabin location was wonderfulgreat place in a lovely locationideal location for the golden circle or just chilling out in the countryside
Furnished with a sleek black theme all around the house, this Airbnb apartment is big enough to accommodate a family of 5. Take your pick from the shelf full of international films; a classic movie night is always good on freezing winter nights! If you’re too lazy to head out for dinner, cook up a simple dinner with what you have in the kitchen. There’s a baby stool for the little tots, so everyone can get a bite! Choose from the master bedroom where you get the luxurious king-sized sleeper all to yourself, or the vibrant children’s room with a queen-sized bed and cot for your little ones.
Address: Miðbær (see map)
Price: from 195 USD
Number of Guests: 5
Live in the modern stone age in this vacation studio located in downtown Reykjavik. With rough crevices lining the interior of the home, spend the cold winter nights hibernating in your cozy Airbnb retreat! Enjoy a couple of drinks to warm up at the bar top counter. Featuring matching single beds, feel free to disconnect them if your partner keeps stealing the sheets, or join them together if you want some extra cuddles. When a peek of sun can be seen, head out to your own private backyard for a picnic at the benches.
Address: Miðbær (see map)
Price: from 90 USD
Number of Guests: 2
Featuring an open floor concept with plenty of space for everyone, the modern and clean furnishings are accentuated by the abundance of natural light in the room. Make yourself a cup of morning coffee with the faint fragrance of tealight candles wafting into the room. Jump into your new queen-sized sleeper as you dream of your adventures tomorrow. If you’re staying over during the springtime, the outdoor garden will be blooming with peonies and trumpet flowers of varying shades. Take a morning stroll to shake off the sleep monster!
Address: Hliðar (see map)
Price: from 134 USD
Number of Guests: 3
Quality doesn't have to come with a hefty price tag!
The next time you’re looking for a unique stay, consider Airbnb vacation rentals instead of 5-star hotels. Many a time, vacation rentals tend to offer a more personal touch when it comes to your accommodation, and they’re often inexpensive too!
What are you waiting for? Step out of your comfort zone today and book your next flight to Reykjavik!
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