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Apartment - Entire home/apt · Sigtún, Reykjavik, Capital Region Austurbær, Iceland
Konni
Your host, Konni
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The Space

A nice apartment 95 sq.m, spacious, bright and open apartment / house. First floor, in a 3 floor house. Central in the city in Sigtún, 105 Reykjavik - very close to GRAND and HILTON hotels, where the FLYBUS stops and you can leave for excursions.

HERE ARE SOME REVIEWS from guests staying either in a room here along with me or in the whole apartment.
https://www.airbnb.is/rooms/867299

The flat has 2 Bedrooms, 2 living rooms a nice Kitchen and a rather small Bathroom with a shower, bath and a washing machine. It is 20-25 minutes walk from Reykjavik City Center, along the see, and in a neighborhood which is among the 3 most popular in the city. The biggest green park in Reykjavik and the Botanic garden is 3 minutes away. Also very close by are many restaurants. Free wi-fi and free and easy parking.

The FLYbus stops at Grand hotel 2 minutes from my home. There you can also leave for EXcursions. Local bus to all directions stop is 3 minutes from the house. I often DRIVE downtown for example in the morning time (and evening) and then you can get a lift and some sightseeing on the way:).

APARTMENT
The whole apartment sometimes for rent upon request, for up to 3-4 persons, mainly summer time if im away travelling.

Can be rented as one private room AND sometimes AS AN APARTMENT. Host around 40 years old, living alone, but a 9 year lovely daughter also sometimes here mainly weekends.

The most popular thermal swimming pool, a green park, restaurants and more, all within 400 meter radius.

NB!!
Some very good practical information concerning how it is best and most economical to get from the airport and concerning the Blue Lagoon and more, further below in this text market as PPPP.

My fellows company is working in Tourism and Consultancy
In some cases my coworker or even me could take people on a:
a) Grand Golden Circle Tour - not only visiting the tourist sites! We have a nice jeep and license to take passengers. The cost for that would be around 350 dollars for a full day which is lower than our cost price for car and an employee. It would be splitted then between 2-4 passengers (400 if 4 passengers). Also possible
b) Blue Lagoon and Reykjanes and
c) The south shore, waterfalls, nature and glacier walk.
d) The Westman Islands, one night minimum.
e) The circle around Iceland!, minimum for 4 days then (arr. 1200 km.)

Information:
You can get a free copy of the yellow very comprehensive VISITOR'S GUIDE book at Reykjavik Excursion (also a discount coupon from them in the book) or the tourist desk at the airport. It has a lot of information and articles for example about the Northern Lights, the Icelandic horse, the Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle and more. Also good maps of Reykjavik and Iceland as well as discount Coupons valid at restaurants, whale watching, tours and more. The book is also at the site Visitorsguide dot and is.

Includes:
All necessities like towel, shampoo and more.

Kitchen:
A dish washing machine, stove, oven, fridge, microwave ..

Living rooms:
A 50 inch TV, DVD and a massage chair, good stereos. A good heating system in the flat.

More:
Maybe a bike and some other things.

This home should make you feel better .... than at home:)

Speaks fluent English also good in all Scandinavian languages and German. Has traveled all over Iceland and to 47 foreign countries, most recently to south east Asia, have written travel stories about the trips.

NB: I work among else in tourism and have a lot of knowledge of what do to, where and at a good price. Often able to get car rental (mainly off season), some tours and more at better prices.

Breakfast:
Help your self BREAKFAST with what you find in the fridge and I have left - just leave something back instead.

PPPP
Coming from the airport
If you are coming with the fly-bus from the airport the (fare arr. ISK 2200 / return 3500) Iceland Excursion usually a bit cheaper than Reykjavik Excursuion). It is best to take the Fly-bus to Grand Hotel which is like 3 minutes from my house (300 meters).

You could ask someone at the hotel for direction to my home if you don’t see it in the map in the Visitor’s Guide book, the home is towards east and the park.

Some Practical info:
Blue Lagoon is very popular with tourists and has become like a must to do. I do though recommend the thermal swimming pools comparatively more, not least as their entrance fee is like 10 times less and also a better way to meet the locals. The one closest to my home around 5 minutes walking, I sometimes try to take my guest one time to the thermal pools.

The best way for the Blue Lagoon especially for those who are not so long time in Iceland is with the company (website hidden) they usually have the best online prices or arr. 7000 isk for transfer and entrance fee.

a) From the airport (coming) do; the airport – Blue Lagoon – Reykjavik first tour around 9 am.
b) From Reykjavik (leaving) to the airport that is leaving back home, via Blue Lagoon only though if your flight is in the afternoon (leaving the Blue Lagoon at 12.30 or 14.00 to the airport). This is also possible with the companies Reykjavik and Iceland excursion but their prices are a bit higher but they have more frequent departures.

NB:
Never buy water in Iceland wether in shops or restaurants, the water from the tab is great!

Guest Access

Access to everything for the guests.

Getting around

There is a good public transport from the house and easy walking.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 3
Extra people: $20 / night after 3 guests
Minimum Stay: 4 nights
Monthly Price: $1300 /month
Security Deposit: $400
Cleaning Fee: $60
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City:
Cancellation: Moderate
  • Everything was just as described. The house is very beautiful and comfortable. We had our own room and were able to also use the kitchen and living room. The bathroom was shared with our host who was only there part of the time. The kitchen has all the essentials to cook a meal and make hot beverages. The bathroom had a nice large bathtub. The neighborhood is an upscale residential neighborhood and seemed very safe. It is located in the city of Reykjavik and was close to shopping, sightseeing and major roads. Our bedroom was quiet and had dark shades which are necessary due to the long hours of summer sunlight. Our only two minor issues were that we were sent the address by airbnb but also received a different address on an email from our host due to his email automation settings. I printed the wrong one out and we had a little difficulty finding the right place to be. Just something to watch out for. And, our host had another guest for a the first few days we were there, so we were given the master bedroom for 3 days and then had to move all our stuff to the guest bedroom. Again, just a minor inconvenience. The beds were very comfortable, there is a big screen TV to watch, the host let us use his computer and wifi. I would recommend this host and house to anyone.

    May 2014
  • I stayed at Hakon's place with a couple of friends for a bit over a week. The appartment is big and comfortable and Hakon is a great host. It is located a little bit outside of the city centre (~20mins walking) but there is a bus stop nearby & Hakon often offered us a lift in his Jeep. There's also a good geothermal pool (Laugardalslaug) really close by.

    November 2012
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Languages
Dansk, Deutsch, English, Norsk, Svenska
School
Copenhagen Business School; University of Iceland
Work
Consultant
About
Im in the thirties, have a nine year old daughter, she lives in Kopavogur which is the next town 10 kilometers from here. Im easy going, have travelled a lot to 47 countries:). Also to all places (towns) in Iceland. Im an Economist by education, and work among else in tourism & consultancy. So you would say I have quite a good background to give people advice concerning travelling in Iceland. Our company also works for many restaurants so I know the all in Reykjavik. Like to have a nice home, with a mixture of new and old things. Have many friends a and good network as you could say. Some things I couldn´t bee without in Iceland is our great water from the tabs (free), the thermal swimming pools (4$) and my lovely daughter. I N F O R M A T I O N & PRACTICAL INFORMATION NB. Some advice and directions When at the AIRPORT (at the i) information desk or ii) Reykjavik Excursion flybus) be sure to PICK up/ask for the book the YELLOW VISITOR'S GUIDE pocket book, which has maps of Reykjavik and Iceland, DISCOUNT coupons, articles, and all the necessary information for your stay. Also a good Map of Iceland and Reykjavik. GENERAL TOURIST INFORMATION SEE (website hidden) & (website hidden) Sorry I don't have time to answer general tourist information ..... TOURS My company works in tourism, consultancy and publication In some cases my coworker or even me could take people on a Grand Golden Circle Tour - not only visiting the tourist sites! We have a nice jeep and license to take passengers. The cost for that would be arround 300-350 dollars for a full day which is lower than our cost price for car and an employee. It would be splitted then between 2-4 passengers. ADVICE i) If you are thinking of going to the Blue Lagoon it is best/ most economical to visit it when leaving the country i.e. take the fly bus back via Blue Lagoon, this is though only valid if you are leaving in the afternoon. Or when you are arriving if you arrive in the morning, i.e. go to Reykjavik via Blue Lagoon (if you are not to tired). ii) No need to buy any tickets in advance for sightseeing etc, especially NOT in the autumn/ spring / winter - off season. As I am working in tourism weI can sometimes get some tickets at lower price, especially for horse back riding, glacier walk and maybe whale watching, nb. you get a discount with our book in whale watching. Whale watching is almost downtown so don't buy it with pickup. iii) I always reccomend the thermal swimming pools for everyone to try, the price is only 3,5 Euros about 10 times less than the Blue Lagoon!. They are warm and nice and a very cultural thing for Icelanders. iv) Don't buy water it is the same as the tab water, Bonus is the lowest price supermarkets, the price I guess 30% less than in the more tourist-supermarkets like 10-11 (see information on the first page in the Visitor´s Guide book). v) Reykjavik Welcome Card is a good way to explore the city, with free entrance to swimming pools, the city buses, museums and more. The price for a 1,2 or 3 day card is low around (phone number hidden) (website hidden)) The fly bus stops at a nearby GRAND HOTEL, which is 3 minutes walk from my home. vii) Hitchiking in Iceland is rather easy, easier though for women and those who have little luggage. ACCOMMODATION: Here are some general reccomendation for accommodation in the countryside. Akureyri in the NORTH: - Gula Villan - Charming old house in the center. - Hrafninn Guesthouse, more modern in the same street. SOUTH - Hótel Örk, Hveragerði, (45 km from Reykjavik), often good offers in spring and autumn - good value for money. - All over the countryside farmers holiday/ accommodation, they have a brochure with all the farms listed. - Also good guesthouses and youth hostels. TOURS AND ACTIVITIES: Nb. Usually it is better to call the companies directly. When you book through so-called tourist agencies/ information the tour operator has to pay the agency like 15-30% commission! So better just to call the companies directly and get the pickup at the nearest hotel/guesthouse. Many have a discount coupon in our Visitor's Guide book. Horseback riding (all have pickup at your accommodation): - The Icelandic Horse, the only horse rental in Reykjavik, rather small but a good and personal service. Speak many languages and the area and surrounding is very beautiful. They have a very good reviews on trip advisor. - Eldhestar in Hveragerdi, Situated close to a small village 45 min from Reykjavik in the south. It is a good choice for those who want to go outside of the city and see some of the countryside. They have among else good trips where you can bath in natural hot springs and some other sightseeing activities. Glacier walk: At Sólheimajökull arr. 200 km from Reykjavik towards east, on the way to Jökulsárlón. Something many tourists like, through our company its like 20% cheaper. GENERAL TOURIST INFORMATION: For general information and enquries see (website hidden) , (website hidden) ASK FOR THE YELLOW VISITORS GUIDE BOOK AND PICK IT UP AT THE KEFLAVIK AIRPORT. DON'T MISS THE COUPONS IN IT WHICH GIVES YOU DISCOUNTS, AMONG ELSE FOR TOURS AND RESTAURANTS. DON'T MISS THE THERMAL SWIMMING POOLS WHEN IN ICELAND - A VERY LOCAL THING AND COSTS 10 TIMES LESS THAN THE BLUE LAGOON! Welcome to Reykjavik and Iceland, hope you have a good time :) Regards, Konni
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