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3 Room Apartment in the Center, Parallel to the Main Street

Bedrooms 2
Space 721 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

Apartment, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

The 3-room apartment is the Reykjavik home of an artist family that is based in Reykjavik and Berlin. It has been designed by the owner in a personal unique way. The apartment is ideally situated for tourists close to everything. It is THE center of Reykjavik. The heart.

The apartment is clean and tidy up to hotel standards with linen, towels and little extras provided.

The mattresses on the beds are new and care for your health. The kitchen was custom made by the same carpenter that build the kitchen for Bjork. The bathroom is modern standards. Personal music and book library, family furniture and eccentric items make the apartment cozy and warm and ideal for feeling like a local.

The house is a typical 1930s construction with 3 apartments, one on each floor plus a basement and a back garden. In the basement there is a washing room with washing machine. Young families live in the other apartments. The apartment is on the 3rd floor (counting the ground floor as the 1st floor) and has 2 bedrooms and a living room.

It is on Grettisgata close to the corner of Baronsstigur (google). The parallel street is Laugavegur. The main street of Reykjavik for shopping and walking around, enjoying street life. Still Grettisgata is local. If you walk up the road next door on the left there is a beautiful indoor swimming pool extensively photographed by artist Roni Horn. It is fully equipped with sauna, fitness equipment and outside chill area and hot tubs where you can gaze at the Nordic lights (in winter). Across the pool there is the local school with basketball court freely available to the public during the summer holiday months (May till August). Walking down Baronsstigur you first cross the Laugavegur, main shopping street before bumping into a 24 hours store and ending within few minutes at the seafront hiking route with its breathtaking mountain range across the bay. Another good place to spot the Nordic Lights. Other noteworthy amenities include Te og Kaffi bookshop and coffee house on the corner of Baronsstigur and Laugavegur; Bonus, the Icelandic discount food store, few minutes walk down Laugavegur; and Hlemmur, the main city bus terminal, few minutes walk up Laugavegur with easy connections to all the other places in the city.

Note that the apartment does not have a TV.

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Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
September 14, 2017

About The Owner

We are a family of four that live mostly in Berlin Germany. Our daughters are 9 and 6 year old. We stay in Grettisgata large part of the year.

The flat I´m renting out is the gem of my eye, my personal home with lots of love put into it. Treat it nice please :-)

The Owner purchased this apartment in 1999

Why The Owner chose Reykjavik

This is the liveliest corner of Reykjavik. Ideal for a car free downtown lifestyle with its pedestrians and coffee shops.

What makes this apartment unique

Downtown and local! People are out and about. Everything is within a few minutes walk. People, culture, nature, transport, good food and expresso! The apartment itself is full of cozy character.


Car: not necessary


The apartment is on Grettisgata downtown in the middle of everything, bars, restaurants, groceries, shopping. Use to find Grettisgata on a map.

2 minutes from main city bus terminal Hlemmur with buses to all the suburbs. 15 minutes walk to the BSI bus terminal with busses to the Blue Lagoon and airport. The swimming pool is next door and has sauna, hot tubs and fitness equipment. Down the street, 2 minutes is a beautiful hiking route along the seafront with mountain view. Up the road 2 minutes there is the Hallgrimskirkja church that towers over Reykjavik cityscape. The old bank down the street was recently converted into a nice bookshop café where you can enjoy croissants and expresso while checking out travel books.


Hlíðar Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 3
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 721 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , We have hairdryer and hand wash liquid in the bathroom.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , The bed is actually wider than Queen size. Health mattress.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , The sleep sofa is actually a pull out bed w/nice mattress.
  • Baby Crib. This is a travel crib that can be pulled out. No extra mattress.
  • Books
  • Music Library ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Indoor Pool
  • Sauna ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
Please note that the INTERNET IS NOT INCLUDED and needs to be paid in advance. Talk to the owner about it when booking. The whole apartment is well maintained. It is furnished and equipped with personal items. The apartment is in on the top floor in a house with 2 other apartments. There is a washroom in the basement with private washing machine and behind the house there is a communal garden for the whole house. A single mother with a child lives in the apartment below.


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3 Room Apartment in the Center, Parallel to the Main Street
average rating of 4.695652 based on 46 reviews

Cozy place, well located with personality.

  • 5 of 5

A clean cozy place with everything you need at hand. Walking distance from the center

An underground parking place right the next street. All the rooms have something nice in them. A nice view towards the courtyard. My favorite was the kitchen with a perfect color scheme.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
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Minneapolis, MN

Super spacious apartment in downtown Reykjavik

  • 5 of 5

What a great apartment. The location is super convenient to all of downtown Reykjavik, just a street away from free parking and incredibly spacious for a European apartment. We had a great time. Thanks!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect size, perfect location

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here for a week with a friend. We'd never traveled together, and we each wanted our own space. This was perfect, and if anything, a bit bigger than what we needed. Hulda was super-easy to communicate with regarding payment, arrival, how to get into the building, travel tips, etc.

The location was awesome. We were close to lots of shops and attractions. The water was so close! We rented a car, and parking nearby was never a problem. You have to pay to park on Grettisgata 9am-6pm on weekdays, but there was plenty of free parking within a few blocks. (If you don't get a car, many tours offer pick-up service and the Bus Terminal is a 20-minute walk away.)

The house itself felt roomy and comfortable. There were lots of fun books to sift through. There was no TV and we didn't opt for internet, so we got to enjoy a week disconnected from technology, which was wonderful and really helped us to focus on where we were. There was a guide book on the shelf and plenty of brochures around.

The kitchen had plenty of pots and pans, a fridge, and a stove. There was no microwave, so we had adventures reheating things. Food is expensive there, so having the option to eat in really made a difference. The grocery store was an easy walk (but it's not open in the early morning or late evening).

The beds were comfortable and the fluffy feather comforter warm. It was easy to use windows to regulate temperature. The rooms had space to unpack and hang clothes. The blackout shade let in light around the edges, so bring a mask if you need darkness. I found it an easy place to sleep.

The only cons I can think of: there's one bathroom and no elevator (3 flights of stairs to climb). Neither were a problem, just something to keep in mind depending on your group.

Overall, I'd highly recommend this place for someone who wants to set up base camp in the heart Reykjavik.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
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Great location, great accommodations

  • 5 of 5

The apartment was perfect for us! My teenage daughter and I loved staying in this third-floor walk-up. It was clean, the rooms were good sizes, and the beds were comfortable. It is about 2 short blocks from the Bonus grocery store, and the kitchen was equipped with everything we needed to make our (albeit relatively simple) meals--pots and pans, spices. It is about 10-minutes' walk from the shore, which has a hiking/biking/walking trail along the coast. It is less than 10 minutes' walk to Hallgrímskirkja. Two blocks from Alda Hotel for tour bus drop-off and pick-up. It's about a 20-minute walk to Perlan, and a 20-minute walk to the Settlement Exhibit. There is an eclectic collection of books, many of which are in English. No TV or microwave (we didn't mind), good wifi service, which cost only a little extra to access. Plenty of souvenir shops nearby (same street as the Bonus grocery). Very pleasant place to stay!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location and base to explore Reykjavik!

  • 4 of 5

Our stay in Iceland was fantastic and this was a great apartment for our base in the city. It's close to the main st and you can walk everywhere. We had a car and it was really easy to park, just watch the parking times on the street. The apartment was clean, cosy and great value.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Quaint apartment perfectly located

  • 5 of 5

The apartment has everything the three of us needed. We dined in a few nights and had sufficient pots and pans etc. There are books to read and a comfortable living room to do so. When dined out it was all within walking distance. Most of the time we parked our rental car a few blocks away in a zone which was free.

Very good location for walking or for driving to local attractions.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $82.55

We don´t offer online booking through HomeAway´s checkout and there is no service fee on renting this home. Because of this, our guests are not eligible for HomeAway´s 'Book with Confidence Guarantee.' To be able to offer you a booking without service-fee we pay extra annual subscription fee to VRBO and take all payments offline.

There is a pre-paid internet wifi router in the apartment. Download Gb can be purchased through the owner in advance.
20 euros is 5 Gb
28 euros is 10 Gb
36 euros is 25 Gb
44 euros is 50 Gb

Easter, Christmas, Iceland Airwaves have summer rates. Internet: 5 Gb download 18 euros and 10 Gb download 30 euros.
I receive payment via Paypal or wire bank transfer. Reservation is made when half the payment has been received and the 2nd payment needs to arrive no later than half a month prior to arrival. For long stays in summer one month prior to arrival.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.