The Best Bed and Breakfasts in Reykjavík, Iceland

You can’t miss the towering Hallgrímskirkja when visiting Reykjavík
You can’t miss the towering Hallgrímskirkja when visiting Reykjavík | © Chad Ehlers / Alamy Stock Photo
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Writer25 March 2021

Experience warm hospitality at these quirky guesthouses in Iceland’s capital city. Wake up to a hearty breakfast before heading out to Reykjavík’s sights, which include the magnificent Harpa concert hall, Hallgrímskirkja and, of course, the Northern Lights. Book one of these top B&Bs with Culture Trip.

Reykjavík Treasure Bed and Breakfast

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Reykjavik Treasure
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Reykjavík Treasure Bed and Breakfast lives up to its name in more ways than one, with its charming wooden exteriors, home-made meals and proximity to the city’s best sights, including the Harpa, Laugavegur – the main shopping street – and mountain-lined harbour. Inside, there are just seven rooms, making it an ideal option for couples seeking a warm, intimate setting in the heart of the city.

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Refurinn Reykjavík Guesthouse

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Refurinn Reykjavik Guesthouse
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Unwind in Reykjavík’s tranquil old town at Refurinn. You’ll find no reception staff here, but there’s a simple key-drop system for checking in and out. Icelandic blue and white adorn the nine rooms, which have shared bathrooms and a communal kitchen. Tea and coffee facilities are also available in each room. All of the city’s sights are within an easy walking distance, with Austurvöllur, a public square, just a seven-minute walk away.

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Freyja Guesthouse and Suites

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Freyja Guesthouse & Suites
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With views of Reykjavík’s landmark church, Hallgrímskirkja, right outside your window, there are very few guesthouses as perfectly positioned as Freyja. Rooms are modern yet charming and beautifully decorated with washes of soft antique blue. The guesthouse is also within a five-minute walk of some of the city’s most popular landmarks and eateries, such as Laugavegur, Reykjavík Roasters and Kol Restaurant, a fine-dining establishment.

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Butterfly Guesthouse

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Butterfly Guesthouse
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Go whale watching at the harbour, wander the grand Harpa and explore galleries and museums when you stay at the Butterfly Guesthouse, directly in the city centre. This accommodation reflects Reykjavík’s creative prowess from the get-go, with a vibrant mural marking its exterior. Inside, you’ll find simple, cosy rooms and apartments kitted out with high-quality mattresses, guaranteeing a great night’s sleep.

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Blue House Bed and Breakfast

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Blue House B&B
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On the outskirts of Reykjavík lies a peaceful peninsula, marked by a backdrop of mountains and the sea. It’s also home to the landmark Grótta Lighthouse – recommended as one of the best places in the city for viewing the Northern Lights – and the Blue House Bed and Breakfast. This accommodation is an excellent base if you’re looking to explore the city and its surrounding landscape. Perks include freshly baked bread for breakfast each morning, self-check-in and free on-site parking.

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  • Guesthouse Galtafell

    Bed and Breakfast, Guesthouse, Budget Hotel
    Guesthouse Galtafell
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    A historic former residence of the beloved Icelandic artist Guðmundur Thorsteinsson (aka Muggur), magical Guesthouse Galtafell combines a castle-like exterior with bright, spacious rooms. If Iceland’s fairytale-like natural wonders weren’t enough, the guesthouse’s staff are on hand daily to ensure all of your needs are met throughout your stay. It’s only a five-minute walk from Hallgrímskirkja – Iceland’s tallest church.

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    Igdlo Guesthouse

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    Igdlo Guesthouse
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    Near Reykjavík’s most celebrated museums, Igdlo Guesthouse is a simple family-run home, perfect for those looking to learn more about the city’s culture. Inside, you’ll find bright rooms and shared facilities. There’s complimentary tea and coffee in the common areas, and a continental breakfast is available each morning before setting out on your adventures. Nearby attractions include the Kjarvalsstaðir art museum and Perlan, which hosts various nature exhibitions, including a simulated glacier tunnel.

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    Sunna Guesthouse

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    Guesthouse Sunna
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    Sunna Guesthouse is conveniently located downtown near the city’s best bakeries and cafes. Many of the rooms offer views of the towering Hallgrímskirkja and the beautiful sculpture garden at the Einar Jónsson Museum. Breakfast is served each morning in the dining room, but there are also self-catering apartments if you’d prefer to cook. Sunna is also just a few steps away from the number 8 bus stop for day trips – whether that’s glacier hiking, puffin watching or hunting for the Northern Lights.

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    These recommendations were updated on March 25, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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