City center, Great apartment w/view

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Ránargata, Reykjavik, Capital Region 101, Iceland

CITY CENTER, beautiful top-floor apartment in the old western part of downtown Reykjavik, QUIET and NICE surroundings, GREAT VIEW, featured in local HOME & DESIGN MAGAZINE in 2011.

***** (FIVE STAR) reviews by all guests, so far.

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CITY CENTER, beautiful top-floor apartment in the old western part of downtown 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 a few minutes walk from most of Reykjavik's most known landmarks, shops, museums, theaters, bars and restaurants.

Stay next to the charismatic OLD HARBOR area with view over the city on one side and on the other; out the sea, old harbor area and Reykjavik's landmark mountain; the Esja. In the old-harbor area (some 5-10 minutes walk away) you will find sea-food restaurants, cafés, bars, galleries & art shops.

Enjoy our free private parking, charming apartment with it's vaulted ceilings, 2x BALCONIES (both are rather small, but floored with artificial grass), music collection, books - and great view.

The apartment is located in postal area code of 101 - which includes the center part of Reykjavik's downtown area. Read more about the LOCATION below.



The apartment (102 square meters, vaulted ceiling) 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). In the basement you'll find washing room. As a bonus, there is eveen one very small secret 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.



The apartment has 2x balconies (floored w/ artificial grass) with nice view over part of downtown Reykjavik and some of the mountains the surround the city. From the kitchen & living room you have view over the harbor area, the beautiful Esja mountain and the Faxa bay sea (Faxaflói).



The photos from the apartment you see here are are taken in two sets; the new ones are from July 2012 - but older ones are from winter of 2010. What has changed? We now have a flat screen (instead of tube TV) in our living room, we can now offer both a) 2x SINGLE BEDS set-up or a b) DOUBLE BED set-up in the master bedroom, and we now have another double room (fitting adults) in one of the extra rooms. The pictures are shot by ourselves and show the apartment in the evening, daytime and even on a rainy day. It should give you a good view on how the apartment looks like.



** 3 x bedroom (master bedroom, children room & one room used as mixed study/children room)
** 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 children's room. People can, and have, slept here - but it's small and you can NOT stand up.
** A washing room and bike storage room in the basement of the house.



- Master bedroom: Double bed (can be made into two singles) that fits two adults perfectly
- Children/study room: Double bed, for two adults
- Children room: Children's bed (perfect for age 6-10)
- Living room: Sleeping couch in TV corner of living room, can fit 2x adults
- Secret room: Small, but our kids use it for sleepovers with friends.

The apartment should work perfectly for 4 adults and 1-2 kids. However, room can be made for more people and the the guests who've been more numerous have all said the enjoyed the stay and could fit here nicely.

We always offer clean sheets for beds and sleeping couch as well if that is (website hidden) The master bedroom can be turned into two separate rooms (pretty impressive!). Check photos for that version of the bedroom.

Guest Access

// FREE Wi-Fi Internet throughout the apartment.
// FREE AND SECURE 24 HOUR PRIVATE PARKING at the back of the house.
// Apple TV, with Neftlix
// We have a good selection of Icelandic and international music on CD & vinyl.

Interaction with Guests

Via phone (talk / sms) and e-mail. Will usually not be present when guests arrive, but of course make sure you get your keys (two sets) alright.

The Neighborhood

Despite being located in and around Reykjavik's heartbeat - its culture, entertainment & attractions (restaurants, museums, bars, galleries, markets and shopings streets) - the apartment is located in a RESIDENTIAL AREA that feels both quiet and save. In the area you will find playgrounds and some public parks.

This area is the older western part of Reykjavik's city center, sometime referred to as "gamli Vesturbær" (old western town). Postal area is 101 as the most central of Reykjavik's downtown area.

This part of Reykjavik is without doubt among among the most intriguing area of the city. This is where many of Iceland's leading artists live (and also a good number of politicians and diplomats). It also houses some of the city's international embassies (including the French and Canadian ones) - 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 hassle free parking (great if you plan to venture outside of Reykjavik), privacy in a great neighborhood.

Near the street you'll also find the Pétursbúð local shop (open daily from (phone number hidden)). This is the local shop for everything. Well, almost everything. Elsewhere in the neighborhood you will find a supermarket which is open 24/7. In the apartment HOUSE MANUAL we list more services you might find useful, and you'll find around our place.

Getting around


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)



- 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 (phone number hidden) weekdays (phone number hidden) 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.

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 - which you'll get sent by e-amil from Air BnB if you choose toe book the place - includes a great deal of information about activities in Reykjavik and Iceland, how to get to the apartment, where to buy your groceries, where to buy your beer & wine etc.

It also includes some walking trips suggestions (including to the hidden hot spring out on Seltjarnarnes), our favorite restaurants and bars in central Reykjavik, more swimming pool info and other activities tips.

The House Manual is quite extensive - and has been very well received by guests. It's updated regularly, and some tips in there are provided with info and feedback coming from the apartments guests, so you can make sure it is up to date.

So if you book the place, make sure to check the House Manual.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 6
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 3
Extra people: $41 / night after 4 guests
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Cleaning Fee: $55
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • We had a fantastic stay with Randver in Reykjavik. The apartment is extremely well located with museums nearby and downtown just minutes away. We stayed as two couples, but this would be a great apartment for families. Randver and his family actually live here normally, so it's great to be in a real home that's warm and feels homely. The beds were comfortable and there was loads of space in the apartment. We felt very welcome and our host was able to help us with queries or offer some suggestions for the city. If we go back to Reykjavik, I think we'll stay here again! Would recommend :)

    April 2014
  • Randver's apartment was immaculately prepared for our stay. It was super cozy and had us feeling right at home in Reykjavik. The decor was wonderful as well. Thanks so much, Randver! Wish you and your family all the best.

    August 2013
  • This is a lovely. LOVELY, apartment. Perfect for a family with one/two kids interested in getting to know Reyjkavic. It is beautifully decorated in mid-century modern tones, complete with stylish vintage touches. The location is superb, 3 minutes from the harbor, 10 minutes from the city center, 2 minutes from the 14 bus, with views in all directions. It feels like home. The owners are extremely attentive and responsive to all queries and embody the very appealing way Icelanders have of making visitors to their country not feel like intruders or even irritating tourists. We would (and will) recommend this apartment to anyone.

    August 2013
  • A Great apartment for any family coming to visit Reykjavik ! The apartment is very charming, excellently located and the host was very nice, what more could you ask for? The stairs to the 3rd floor where the apartment is located is good to know about without being problematic for most including us. Should we come back to Reykjavik this place would be the first to look for.

    July 2013
  • This apartment is just perfect. In a quiet location but close to everything Harpa, whale watching, the market, restaurants, bars, great pools, all the key sights. Beautiful views from the kitchen onto the harbour. Spacious, clean and elegantly furnished. Ranver was super easygoing and extremely helpful. We would love to stay there again! Plenty of space for our family of four, 2 adults and twin eight year olds.

    July 2013
  • My family and I had the greatest time in Iceland! Randver & Eva's place was perfect for us - especially with a small child. The views from the apartment are amazing and one can't wish for a better location. They were so nice to let me arrive early (early flight from the US) and made us welcomed in every way. I'd definitely say that one of the main reasons that we had such amazing time in Iceland is because of Randver & Eva's cozy apartment where we could come to each night to relax after busy days of sightseeing. Hopefully they'll come and stay at my place one day!
    Thank you so much!
    Erika & family

    July 2013
  • Fantastic stay in this apartment. The place was set up perfectly for our needs (4 people). Location is terrific- 101 is the place to be - close to downtown and old harbour area but in a neighbourhood away from it all. Around the corner from a guesthouse on the airport bus route so arriving was very easy.

    This was our first airbnb experience, and we loved the feeling that we were crashing at a friend's house. Lots of room to move about, cook, and get out of each other's hair in different parts of the space. Made good use of the excellent record collection.

    The hosts were very attentive and helpful, lots of good information before we arrived and periodic check ins to make sure we had everything we needed and to make recommendations.

    Recommend this place highly!

    June 2013
  • Without a doubt some of the most gracious and helpful people I've ever met. Eldar and Eva left us a comprehensive list of everything we would want to do/eat/see and all the details on their incredible apartment. Perfect location to walk to anything within reykjavik - great views from the apartment - cannot wait to go back to Iceland and stay in their place again.

    June 2013
  • Our stay with Eldar and Eva was impeccable. Great location, the most cozy and clean appartement and great service - in terms of hospitality, guidance and availability!

    May 2013
  • This is a wonderful cozy place that will make you feel right at home in Reykjavik, a close walk to everything on the west side of the downtown close to the harbor. The hosts are great people and make everything really easy! :)

    April 2013
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