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Exclusive Luxury apartment in a prime location,in the center of town

Bedrooms Studio
Space 990 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

My exclusive spacious home for you to enjoy

My apartment is in a house with two other apartments, with a private garden.

The interior and the exclusive furniture’s are of the highest standard. Collection of artwork, for you to enjoy. See photos

The apartment is approximately 92 sq meters (990 sq feet) large living room, master bedroom with a balcony; second room my office with a sofa bed.

Bathroom with a separate shower (power) section heated floor and a cupboard with a new washing & dryer machine.

?Facilities and utensils include: Bath, hairdryer, refrigerator dishwasher, gas stove, grinder/mini blender, toaster, wireless internet, towels and down duvet, special blinds in view of our midnight sun. Free parking space at all times.

In short I am sharing with you everything I require for myself, being a bit spoiled!

The street Melhagi is one of the most sought after location in Reykjavik.

A prime location.

Two minutes walk to the popular geochemical swimming pool Vesturbæjarlaugin, with steam room and sauna. Next to a great supermarket, café and a pharmacy.

Three minutes walk to Radisson SAS, where the fly bus stops.

20 minutes walk to the center of Reykjavík

More Details

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, swedish, norwegian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 24, 2017

About Gísli

My name is Gísli Örn Lárusson. I am Icelandic.

For past twelve years I have been spending most of time time abroad in London where I have a base, but do travel a lot.

Still my heart is were my home is in my apartment at Melhagi Reykjavík, where most of my personal things are - apart from my books, which I have not managed to unpack.

You will no doubt note that in my apartment Buddha is dominating, for the reason that his wisdom has influenced greatly my own life.

I do sincerely hope that you will feel comfortable in my tranquil home

Gísli purchased this apartment in 2007

Why Gísli chose Reykjavik

This property is different from most apartments offered in Reykjavík, designed to host guests mainly during the summer season.

My apartment is my home, where I am offering to share with you, as mentioned above.

What makes this apartment unique

My sister Erna Svala, who is moving back to Iceland first week in July after having lived in various places for past 14 years.

She will be managing my apartment, living only 5 minutes away

Her profile includes for example - She will be delighted to advice, arrange and recoman where to go for dinner etc.

Residence Manager

British Embassy in Denmark

April 2008 – August 2010 (2 years 5 months)

I organised all events, dinner parties and other gatherings done by the British Embassy plus other companies working in co-operation with the Embassy. I was also in charge of running the Residence of the British Embassy and the staff working there


Old West Side Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 990 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • New bathroom, very exclusive tiled with a separate shower room. Exclusive towels. As well is there a build in washing &drying machine
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • The main bedroom has a solid good bed, with special down duvets. The blinds are especially made for 24 hour daylight, to keep the light out. The second bedroom has a brand new sofa bed. All duvet and pillow covers of high standard
  • Balcony
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Senior Adults Only Community
  • wheelchair accessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
The apartment included all what I require - Being a cosmopolitan, world traveller, used to exclusive lifestyle. The tranquil environment in Reykjavik and especially my apartment ,fills me with energy and peace of mind. Get totally re-energized when in my apartment. Go every day to the swimming pool, which for me is a Gem For example living in busy London and traveling, I like to be without TV in Iceland. I use my computer if I need to know what is taking place in the world.


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Exclusive Luxury apartment in a prime location,in the center of town
average rating of 4.8 based on 30 reviews
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Spacious, Convenient, Comfortable

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect spot for the 2 of us. The living room was large, the bed comfortable, the kitchen well equipped, the décor delightful. There is a good casual restaurant and a well stocked local grocery store a short walk to the end of the street. The ocean and a nice walk minutes away. Although a car is preferable, if you want, you can walk into the central part of Reykjavik where all the action is. It's about 15 minutes away. Lots to do in town and in the surrounding area. Bus tours abound. The island scenery is spectacular. We took hiking, rain gear and warm clothes so the weather, which can be unpredictable, was not a problem. Be prepared! I have used VRBO for years and can say without a doubt that Gisli, the owner, was the most helpful host I have ever encountered. Thank you Gisli for sharing your home with us!!!

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was á delight sharing my Home with Karen. Really a pleasure and when leaving my Home if anything in a better condition than when she arrived. Highly recommend anyone to rent out or share their accommodations with Karen. Thanks. Gísli Lárusson
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Great location. Good accommodation for a couple.

  • 4 of 5

Great location! Fananstic coffee shop right down the street. Easy walking distance to great shopping.

Second "bedroom" was a disappointment - the room was too crowded with a large table making the futon difficult to access.

Excellent accommodation for a couple.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect honeymoon locale!

  • 5 of 5

My new husband and I wanted to avoid the cold sterility of a hotel, and Gisli's lovely apartment was perfect for us. We cooked in his kitchen and found the market at the end of the street very convenient. We rented a car and were thrilled to have free, on-street parking. Gisli phoned to make sure we were comfortable - a most caring and thoughtful host.

Mary and Bob

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location and host

  • 5 of 5

This apartment was perfect for myself, my brother, and my teenage son. We stayed for a week and found it very easy to walk anywhere we wanted to go in Reykjavik (and to park on the street once we picked up a rental car a couple of days before we headed out of the city). Gisli was very accommodating and always responded promptly via email to the few questions we had about the apartment. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Really nice to share my Home with Shannon and her family, Highly recommend anyone to share their place with her. Thanks Shannon. Gísli
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Comfortable apartment, quiet neighborhood, walking distance to town

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying in this apartment! After a few trips to the busy downtown area we felt so lucky to return to this peaceful place. There is a wonderful coffee shop/restaurant at the end of the block. Great food and friendly staff. It is also a short trip to a walking path along the shore, and for those of you who might need more activity it is just a 5 minute walk to the Raddison where you can catch a tour bus to anywhere you want to visit on the island. We were also able to get the Flybus there for our return trip to the airport.

I gave it five stars for all of the above reasons. I did think that the apartment needs a deep cleaning, but for all practical purposes it was a wonderful and comfortable place to stay. We really did love it.

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Been blessed with the guest staying at my Home . Thanks !! Gísli & Beggi
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Beautiful Apartment in Reykjavik

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay in this lovely apartment. It was convenient by car to everything in Reykjavik. Gisli was very helpful, and answered our questions by email promptly. We got to see places that we hadn't been to visit yet, so it was a great way to spend 4 days.

  • Submitted: May 28, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a plewasue having the Hoffmann family staying at my Home. In every way did they treat my home as their own and would highly recommend them as tenant
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Vesturbæjarlaug, a wonderful swimming pool, with hot tubs, sauna and steam rooml
Nearest Airport
34 Kilometres
Keflavík Airport is 55 km away
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Radison SAS, Hotel Saga 5 minutes walk
Nearest Golf
2.3 Miles
Seltjarnarnes - 4 km
Nearest Beach
0.3 Kilometres
The swimming pool Vesturbaejarlaug, 2 minuts walk
Car: not necessary

Radison SASm Hotel Saga, has a spa, treatment centre and a hairdresser.

Melabúdin, a great supermarket is 3 minutes walk.

5 minutes walk to the seaside, where a walking, running, biking track is around Reykjavik


Rates & Availability

Old West Side Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Mar 31 2017 - Sep 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
Dec 5 2017 - Dec 5 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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