The 10 Best Airbnbs in Reykjavik

Reykjavik cityscape
Reykjavik cityscape | © AsiaDreamPhoto / Alamy Stock Photo
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13 September 2019

Finding the right place to lay your head is one of the most important tasks when planning a holiday. Ever diverse, Airbnb offers an exciting selection of luxury penthouses, cosy cabins and historic homes in Reykjavik.

Iceland’s booming tourism industry has contributed to a huge Airbnb selection in Reykjavik, with many local residents moving to the suburbs as owners now dedicate their properties entirely to tourists. Find your home away from home with our guide to the best Airbnbs in Reykjavik.

The penthouse with scenic views

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Deluxe penthouse in downtown Reykjavik
Deluxe penthouse in downtown Reykjavik | Courtesy of Hilmar / Airbnb

The balcony of this sleek penthouse gives guests views of the mountains, the ocean and the famous Hallgrímskirkja church. With sloping loft ceilings, concrete walls and floor-to-ceiling windows, this luxurious home is conveniently located in central Reykjavik, surrounded by bars, restaurants and shops. Start the day with a coffee from the espresso machine and enjoy the view of Reykjavik’s colourful houses from the patio.

The wood cabin with peaceful surroundings

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Secret nature reserve cabin near to the Blue Lagoon
Secret nature reserve cabin near to the Blue Lagoon | Courtesy of Kathrina / Airbnb

Giving you the best of both nature and city life, this cosy wood cabin just outside Reykjavik is the ideal peaceful retreat after a day of sightseeing. Unwind in the rocking chair next to the fireplace or sit by the window and watch the snow fall outside in the surrounding woods. While you will need a car to access the cabin, staying here means you will be close to popular tourist attractions like the Golden Circle and Blue Lagoon. Thanks to its secluded location and the area’s lower levels of pollution, the cabin is an ideal place for nature lovers looking to see the Northern Lights.

The historical house that comes with a car

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One of Reykjavik's oldest homes
One of Reykjavik's oldest homes | Courtesy of Margret / Airbnb

This house not only comes with a car for guests to use, but is also a great place to stay if you’re travelling with kids. One of Reykjavik’s oldest houses, it has a bright loft with a sleeping nook that could be used as a play area. Situated in the heart of downtown Reykjavik, the home has a charming historic setting with decor that celebrates Icelandic design. With wooden beams and white stone walls, the house also has a dishwasher and washing machine and a garden where you can relax after a long day.

The cosy romantic experience

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Reykjavik domes
Reykjavik domes | Courtesy of Snorri / Airbnb

For the more adventurous couple, these luxury glamping domes are a unique option if you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of central Reykjavik. Located on the outskirts of the city in a quiet area with mountain views, guests can sit back and watch the Northern Lights from inside the dome. Ideal for a couple on a romantic holiday, the dome comes with a cosy fireplace and a double bed adorned with Icelandic sheepskins to keep you warm. The complimentary sparkling wine and chocolate are the cherry on top of this memorable experience.

The colourful design den

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Colourful design den
Colourful design den | Courtesy of Kathy / Airbnb

This colourful, arty studio apartment is situated in a great downtown location near the impressive Harpa concert hall. The newly renovated apartment is stylishly decorated with designer furniture, wooden floors and a comfy giant double bed. Located next to Laugavegur, Reykjavik’s main shopping street, this chic home is ideal for couples on a weekend city break.

The yacht by the harbour

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Spacious sailing boat in Reykjavik city centre
Spacious sailing boat in Reykjavik city centre | Courtesy of Bergthora / Airbnb

There are not many people who can say they’ve stayed on a boat in Reykjavik. This spacious yacht docked in the gentrified harbour area is ideal for large groups looking for a unique experience in the city. Named Cuba Libre, the boat comes fully equipped with amenities including an oven, stove, refrigerator and TV. Conveniently located next to Grandi food hall, one of the best food courts in Reykjavik, as well as the Whales of Iceland museum and supermarkets, the boat is owned by a charming owner, who is also happy to arrange trips to see whales and puffins – an added bonus!

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  • The party villa for big groups

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    Reykjavík villa
    Reykjavík villa | Courtesy of Vilborg / Airbnb

    Big groups will love this enormous pad that’s located less than 15 minutes’ drive from central Reykjavik. Perfect for special get-togethers like hen and bachelor parties, the villa, which can sleep up to 16 people, has two floors and comes fully equipped with a washing machine, a dishwasher and even a hot tub. The bright and spacious villa’s decor has a natural wood and stone theme, giving a relaxed, contemporary feel. The host will even help you preorder food for your arrival and can arrange for a private bus pickup from the airport.

    The loft apartment close to the harbour

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    Boutique studio in city centre
    Boutique studio in city centre | Courtesy of William and Emilia / Airbnb

    Named after the most active volcano in Iceland, this sleek studio apartment is perfect if you’re looking to stay in a central location. Newly refurbished, the apartment is set in a traditional Icelandic wood-framed house but boasts a beautiful modern interior. With easy access to the tourist information centre, numerous bars and restaurants, the apartment is only two minutes away from the harbour, making it an ideal place if you also fancy whale watching or hopping on a cruise to see puffins in Akureyri.

    The cabin by the sea

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    Cabin by the sea
    Cabin by the sea | Courtesy of Thorarinn / Airbnb

    For a Reykjavik city stay with spectacular views of Iceland’s awe-inspiring nature, this unique grass-roofed cabin offers the best of both worlds. Only 15 minutes away from the city, the house is built on a lava field and has its own private beach and unobscured views across the ocean. Step inside the cosy but modern home and you’ll find a fireplace perfect for cold nights; walk out to the back porch and you will be able to listen to the waves, as the sea is only a stone’s throw away. With no light pollution in the area, the cabin is also a great place to spot the Northern Lights.

    The seaside home with a hot tub

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    Seaside home with a hot tub
    Seaside home with a hot tub | Courtesy of Anna Karen / Airbnb

    This highly rated home is an excellent option for a travelling family. Located in the Grandi neighbourhood, it is close to some of the best restaurants in town, the Whales of Iceland museum and plenty of supermarkets, not to mention the seaside. The highlight of this home is undoubtedly the terrace, which comes with a hot tub that seats up to eight people and can be used all year round, giving guests an authentic Icelandic experience.

    This article is an updated version of a story created by Camille Buckley.

    These recommendations were updated on September 13, 2019 to keep your travel plans fresh.