About this listing
Charismatic top-floor apartment in central Reykjavik. Quiet and nice surroundings, GREAT VIEW, featured in local HOME & DESIGN magazine in 2011. ***** (FIVE STAR) reviews by all guests so far.
Stay CENTRAL, in the heart of Reykjavik and only a few minutes walk from downtown and many of Reykjavik's landmarks, museums, theatres and restaurants.
Stay near the charismatic OLD HARBOR area, with view over the city on one side and the harbour and the Esja, Reykjavik's landmark mountain, on the other. In the old-harbor area (some 5-7 minutes walk away) you will find great sea-food restaurants, café's, galleries and art shops.
Enjoy free private parking, charming apartment with it's VAULTED ceilings, 2x balconies (rather small, but cozy and floored with artificial grass), music collection, books - and great view.
The apartment is located in Reykjavik's city central postal area code of 101.
The apartment is approximately 100 square meters, has vaulted ceilings and is on the top floor of 3 story house. It consists of 3 bedrooms, large living room, a kitchen and toilet (with bath and shower facilities). As a small bonus, there isa long but small secret room (perfect for kids). In the basement you'll find a washing room.
The apartment's interior is furnished with a mix of modern and vintage, creating a comfortable and nice atmosphere. The interior of the apartment was featured in the local Home&Design magazine (cover story) in September 2011.
FRESH AND CLEAN - TOWELS AND MORE
You will of course be provided with;
- clean sheets and linens for the beds (and living room sleeping couch if requested)
- clean towels and bath cloths
The apartment will be clean and fresh when you arrive. My hope is that you'll return it in the same shape.
- Master bedroom: Double bed (that can be separated and made into two singles) that fits two adults perfectly.
- 2nd bedroom: Single bed, that can easily be made into a double bed to fit two adults.
- 3rd bedroom: This one is really small and only fits children in terms of sleeping. But the room is good to store luggage etc.
- Living room: Sleeping couch in TV corner of living room can be rolled out to fit two adults
- Secret room: Long but narrow room under the ceiling, fit for kids only - who often find it exciting to sleep there.
The apartment should work perfectly for 2-4 adults and 1-3 kids. However, as you can see on the listing above there is room for more people.
THE APARTMENT CONSISTS OF....
** 3 x bedroom (master bedroom, smaller 2nd bedroom & one small 3rd bedroom)
** Hall, kitchen and bathroom (bathtub & shower facilities)
** Living room, open spaced (with its higher/vaulted ceiling) that includes a TV area, dining area and sofa area from where you can walk directly out to the balcony.
** 2 x balconies with view over part of downtown Reykjavik and old western downtown area (Vesturbær)
** Secret room, under the roof and accessible from the 2nd bedroom. It's small and you can not stand up in it, fit for children only.
** A washing room and bike storage room in the basement of the house.
- Wi-Fi Internet throughout the apartment
- FREE 24 hour parking
- Espresso machine
- Apple TV, with Neftlix and Hulu
- Clean bed sheets, linens and towels (of course)
- Bathtub and shower
- Use what you need in the kitchen, including kitchenware, spices etc.
- Good selection of Icelandic and international music on CD & vinyl in the living room.
- Extensive house manual, with tips and info on the neighbourhood and Reykjavik, for you to have best enjoy your stay in the city.
Interaction with Guests
If you have any questions regarding the apartment or Reykjavik do not hesitate do get in touch. I like communicating via the Air BnB messaging system and e-mail, but you can also reach me via SMS and my mobile. I'm usually present to welcome guests when they arrive, but in case I'm not around I will make sure you get your keys (two sets) securely and without an effort (I have a good system in place).
- 10 minute walk to the city's best restaurants, bars, the National theatre and the Harpa music hall
- 10 min walk to the main city centre (Alþingi parliament house, City hall)
- Two grocery shops in 5 minute walking distance, one is open 24 hours
Despite being located close to Reykjavik's heartbeat - its culture, entertainment & attractions (restaurants, museums, bars, galleries, markets and shopings streets) - the apartment is located in a RESIDENTIAL AREA that is both quiet and save. In the area you will find playgrounds and some public parks.
The neighbourhood is the older western part of Reykjavik's city centre (Vesturbær), sometime referred to as "gamli Vesturbær" (old western town). Postal area is 101 representing Reykjavik's central area.
This part of Reykjavik is one of its' most intriguing areas. This is where many of Iceland's leading artists live (and also a good number of politicians and diplomats). It also houses many of the city's international embassies (including the French, Russian and Canadian) - and in recent years some guest-houses and smaller boutique hotels have started to emerge here.
From the harbor area (5-10 minute walk) you can take the ferry to Viðey island (just outside of Reykjavik in Faxaflói bay) and catch whale watching tours and other of the city's best sightseeing trips by boat.
The street consists almost entirely of residential apartments and houses. So you can stay central, but enjoy quiet surroundings in a great neighbourhood. There is free parking at the back of the house.
Near the street you'll also find the Pétursbúð local grocery shop (open daily from 11:00-23:30). Elsewhere in the neighborhood you will find a supermarket which is open 24/7. In the apartment HOUSE MANUAL I list more services you might find useful, and you'll find around our place.
IN WALKING DISTANCE FROM THE APARTMENT
The apartment is excellently located in walking distance to many of Reykjavik's main landmarks, restaurants, bars, museums, galleries and shops.
*** The Reykjavik harbor area w. sea-food restaurants, cafés, art shops & museums (2-5 minute walk)
*** Víkin Maritime Museum (5 minute walk, you can see it from our kitchen window)
*** Reykjavik Arts Museum (5-10 minute walk)
*** Althingi: Iceland's parliament (5-10 minute walk)
*** Reykjavik City Hall (5-10 minute walk)
*** Harpa - Reykjavik Music Hall (5-10 minute walk)
*** Tjornin, the Pond (5-10 minute walk)
*** Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur legendary hotdog stand! (5-10 m. walk)
*** Laugavegur, main shopping street (5-10 minute walk)
*** Skólavörðustígur, another downtown shopping street mainly for galleries, music, clothes and food (10-15 minute walk)
*** Kolaportið flee market (5-10 minute walk)
*** Reykjavík 871±2 exhibition of archaeological excavation/Viking age (5-10 m. walk)
*** Kristskirkja - The Catholic church in Reykjavik (5-10 minute walk)
*** The National Theater (10-15 minute walk)
*** The Culture House, National Centre for Cultural Heritage (10-15 m. walk)
*** National Musueum of Iceland (15-20 minute walk)
*** University of Iceland (15-20 minute walk)
*** Hallgrimskirkja church (15-20 minute walk)
*** Höfði, the house in which Gorbachev and Reagan met in 1986 (25 m. walk)
*** Viðey island (3 minute walk to the boat + 25 minute boat ride)
INTERESTING SPOTS AROUND THE APARTMENT
- THE POOL (15 minute walk)
In the neighborhood you will also find the charismatic Vesturbæjarlaug outdoor swimming pool (15 minute walk) that includes 4x hot-tubs/jacuzzis (one with hydro massage),2x saunas (one for men and one for women) and an outdoor pool. On Tuesdays and Thursdays the pool offers pool gymnastics at 10:45 am. In the summer pools are the beaches for the residents of Reykjavik - in the winter we meet for relaxation and discuss sports & politics. Opening times vary, but are usually from 6:30 - 22:00 weekdays (8:00-18:00 weekends).
- WALKING (5-60 minutes)
Good walking/running paths out of the city (30 min walk to the Grótta lighthouse) can be found near the aparment - and it is just 3-5 minutes away from the harbor area with its sea-food restaurants, museums, cafés - and great walk along the coastline. 5-15 minute walk to the city's main restaurants, galleries and museums.
- WHALE WATCHING & OTHER ADVENTURES OF THE SEA (5 m)
Only 2-3 minute walk from the apartment, in the harbor area, you can take a fairy to to the Viðey island (25 minutes on boat) where you'll find Yoko Ono's Imagine Peace Tower and Viðeyjarstofa restaurant/café. You are also minutes away from boats taking you on a;
* Whale watching tour
* Midnight wale watching tour
* Sea angling fishing
* Puffin and bird-watching
* Other guided tours around Faxa bay
Listed in our apartment guide.
Other Things to Note
The House Manual for the apartment (9 pages in total) - which will be ready for you when you arrive as a print out on the kitchen table.e - includes a great deal of information about activities in Reykjavik, where to buy your groceries, beer & wine etc.
It also includes some walking trips suggestions, restaurants and bar tips etc.
The apartment looks great. Please leave it in same condition as when you came. Please leave keys on kitchen table :)
Feel free to play CDs and vinyl, read books and magazines, use kitchen wear, spices etc.
I trust my guests. Please take good care of the apartment and what's in it. Thank you.
No cleaning is needed.
About the Host, Randver
I like to travel and spend time with friends and family. I love good food, books and good music - and my apartment has a good selection of Icelandic music (and from other parts of the world) on vinyl and CDs. I also very much like Reykjavik and have some tips of good places for you to visit and experience in the city.