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Explore Reykjavik: 10 Artistic Airbnb Rentals For Your Next Holiday - Updated 2021

Explore Reykjavik: 10 Artistic Airbnb Rentals For Your Next Holiday

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:

1. Cozy studio in Miðbær (from USD 78)

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 centre
Reykjavík, Capital Region, Iceland
65 reviews
Entire apartment 1 Bed 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the furnishings are basic but comfortable and the shower was hot and had great pressure
the kitchen fit our needs perfectly too
it's small but comfortable and birna is a terrific host
the room my girlfriend and i stayed in was the perfect size with everything we needed
toilet is clean and has warm shower 24/7
the space itself was very clean and welcoming
birna was always available to help the space was cute clean and convenient
birna was a great host
birna was a lovely host and i enjoyed staying at her little lovely place
she was a wonderful host - very helpful and set out planners and guides
birna is a very wonderful host
birna was a great host and was easy and quick to communicate with
location perfect very close to hallgrimskirja and downtown superb :)
location is great 10 mins to downtown and even closer to shops and restaurants
excellent location smack in the middle of some wonderful streets for shopping eating and drinking
birna was great and the place perfectly central
great cozy place in amazing location in the center of the city
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2. Newly renovated studio in Miðbær (from 98 USD)

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!

Newly-renovated studio

Address: Miðbær (see map)

Price: from 98 USD

Number of Guests: 2

3. Charming apartment in Háaleiti og Bústaðir (from 100 USD)

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!

Charming Apartment

Address: Háaleiti og Bústaðir (see map)

Price: from 100 USD

Number of Guests: 3

4. Mini loft in Miðbær (from 65 USD)

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!

Mini Loft

Address: Miðbær (see map)

Price: from 65 USD

Number of Guests: 1

5. Minimalist apartment in Miðbær (from USD 300)

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 center
Reykjavík, Capital Region, Iceland
63 reviews
Entire apartment 2 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
amenities were great from wifi to kitchen accessories to storage
the apartment is spacious and filled with natural light
the apartment looks just like it's photos
the apartment was furnished beautifully and complete with all our needs
the apartment was nicely furnished and had a great modern design
very clean and cozy
clean quiet and comfortable
it was clean and cosy and had nice touches
the place was clean pretty and very convenient
the apartment is clean nicely designed with good space and toasty warm
a really pleasant host with a lovely apartment
maria was a great host and always responded very quickly to any questions we had
maria was a very good host
maria and bryn are great hosts
maria was superb host very helpful and directly answering all our questions
fantastic location and beautifully furnished
amazing location right in downtown close to all the sights
beautiful apartment with a perfect location
excellent location for first time visitors to iceland
gorgeous flat and the location was amazing
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6. Colorful apartment in Miðbær (from USD 135)

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 Reykjavik
Reykjavík, Capital Region, Iceland
48 reviews
Entire apartment 3 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
we'd definitely rent kfc's apartment again on our next visit
well-furnished kitchen with modern and useful appliances and utensils
bathroom size was fantastic (and the towel warmer was a great addition )
kfc's space is cozy and comfortable
the apartment was spotlessly clean well equipped (including awesome kitchen and washer/dryer) spacious and well lit
it was clean and cozy
the place is so cozy clean & hip
it was clean and bright and the bed was super comfortable
the apartment was clean and well outfitted for our stay
super nice cozy modern rustic place extreme clean as well
kristof was such a wonderful host very responsive and very helpful
very friendly and responsive hosts
kfc was a very polite and welcoming host
most importantly kristjan was a generous and considerate host
kristjan and dora are impeccable warm amazing hosts
this is a great location
the location is great with a short walk to nice restaurants and shops
kfc's place is located in the center of downtown easy to walk to most of sightseeings
very nice apartment and the location is perfect very close to everything
this is a really cool apartment in a wonderful central location
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7. Lovely cabin near the Blue Lagoon (from USD 202)

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 Lagoon
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
432 reviews
Entire cabin 3 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
cozy and charming cabin in a lovely nature place
another benefit was the wifi we were expecting it to be extremely slow but it worked great
great place to stay to save money too since it has a full kitchen
very comfortable cosy lodge even when the wind was howling outside
very clean and comfortable
clean warm and very comfortable
nice place to stay clean and cosy
spotlessly clean too and a lovely hot shower
it was super clean
kathrina’s directions and advice for local attractions were very helpful
kathrina was very communicative and helpful
highly recommend the cabin and kathrina as a host
kathrina is an excellent host - very responsive and helpful :)
the other thing that makes kathrina such a great host were the directions to the cabin
the location is perfect very near blue lagoon
we love the location
lovely cabin location was wonderful
great place in a lovely location
ideal location for the golden circle or just chilling out in the countryside
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8. Chic apartment in Miðbær (from 195 USD)

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.

Chic apartment

Address: Miðbær (see map)

Price: from 195 USD

Number of Guests: 5

9. Studio apartment in Miðbær (from 90 USD)

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.

Studio apartment

Address: Miðbær (see map)

Price: from 90 USD

Number of Guests: 2

10. Charming flat in Hliðar (from 134 USD)

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!

Charming flat

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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