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Explore Reykjavik: 10 Artistic Airbnb Rentals For Your Next Holiday

Crystal
Published Dec 08, 2016

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 (90 USD)

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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.

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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.

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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 Studio

Address: Miðbær

Price: from 90 USD

Number of Guests: 2

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2. Newly renovated studio in Miðbær (98 USD)

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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.

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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.

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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

Price: from 98 USD

Number of Guests: 2

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

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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!

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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

Price: from 100 USD

Number of Guests: 3

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4. Mini loft in Miðbær (65 USD)

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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.

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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.

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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

Price: from 65 USD

Number of Guests: 1

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5. Minimalist apartment in Miðbær (200 USD)

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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.

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Sink into the hot tub with a glass of wine in hand just before you nod off to sleep.

Minimal Apartment

Address: Miðbær

Price: from 200 USD

Number of Guests: 4

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6. Colorful apartment in Miðbær (135 USD)

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Hidden away in a traditional timburhús (timber house), this color-fun Airbnb apartment is well lit with an abundance of natural lighting from outside.

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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.

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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.

Colorful Apartment

Address: Miðbær

Price: from 135 USD

Number of Guests: 4

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7. Lovely cabin near the Blue Lagoon (from 139 USD)

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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.

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If you’re lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of the stunning Northern Lights!

Lovely Cabin

Address: Blue Lagoon

Price: from 139 USD

Number of Guests: 4

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8. Chic apartment in Miðbær (195 USD)

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Furnished with a sleek black theme all around the house, this Airbnb apartment is big enough to accommodate a family of 5.

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Take your pick from the shelf full of international films; a classic movie night is always good on freezing winter nights!

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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

Price: from 195 USD

Number of Guests: 5

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9. Studio apartment in Miðbær (90 USD)

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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!

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Enjoy a couple of drinks to warm up at the bar top counter.

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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.

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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

Price: from 90 USD

Number of Guests: 2

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10. Charming flat in Hliðar (134 USD)

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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.

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Jump into your new queen-sized sleeper as you dream of your adventures tomorrow.

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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

Price: from 134 USD

Number of Guests: 3

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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!

Crystal is a curious child, who loves exploring Singapore in her free time with a camera in hand. Her street photography subjects often include unaware strangers, uncommon architecture, and...Read more

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