In a residential neighborhood of Reykjavik 1.2 miles (two kilometers) east of the city center, the budget-friendly Guesthouse Vikingur caters to travelers looking to save a few krona while still being close to all the Icelandic capital has to offer.
Location & Nearby
Guesthouse Vikingur is located east of downtown Reykjavik but close enough that boutiques, restaurants, cafes, grocery stores, and bars are all within a few minutes walk. Laugavegur, Reykjavik's main and most lively street, is just two blocks north of the guesthouse. Sundhollin swimming pool is just 765 yards (700 meters) away while Klambratun Park, home to the modern Reykjavik Art Museum Kjarvalsstadir, is reachable on foot in less than 10 minutes.
Of course, as you head west deeper into the heart of Reykjavik, all of the city's attractions, restaurants, bars, and cultural destinations are at your fingertips. Hallgrimskirkja church is 0.6 miles (one kilometer) from the property. From there, Reykjavik 101 highlights spill out in all directions. The shops, restaurants, and bars of Laugavegur, budget hot dogs at famed Baejarins Beztu Pylsur, the historic Althingi Parliament House – it's all around you. The Reykjavik Museum of Photography, Icelandic Phallological Museum, the Icelandic Punk Museum, and other cultural attractions crowd the surrounding streets. Cafes, greenspaces - even a scenic lake (Tjornin) - unravel in all directions. Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre is 1.2 miles (two kilometers) away from the guesthouse. It sits near the wonderful Old Harbour, yet another attraction you can walk to from Guesthouse Vikingur.
Another bonus of staying slightly east of the city center? Points of interest further afield, such as the Blue Lagoon (30 miles or 48 kilometers southwest) or the Ring Road (4.7 miles or 7.6 kilometers east) are more easily reached given the guesthouse's location near both Route 41 and Route 49, the two main thoroughfares in and out of central Reykjavik. The Reykjavik (domestic) and Keflavik (international) airports are 1.9 miles (3.1 kilometers) and 31 miles (50 kilometers) away, respectively.
Facilities & Amenities
Though not technically a hostel, Guesthouse Vikingur is a budget option that operates more or less like a hostel with private rooms. Rooms are touted as 'small' by the property itself, so don't expect spacious digs here. Among the room inventory, there are single, double/twin, and economy quadruple rooms available – all with shared bathrooms. Towels and bed linens are not included but are available for an extra fee. The guesthouse features a shared lounge, a lending library, and a common lounge area. The common lounge area includes a TV and a microwave for light meal preparations. In summer, guests can sit outside and relax in the sun. Laundry facilities are also available on site. A car rental, visitor information, and booking services are available on site. Private parking is possible on site (reservation is needed) and charges may be applicable. Wi-Fi is free.
Why Choose Guesthouse Vikingur?
Guesthouse Vikingur is a simple budget option for travelers looking to save a few krona without sacrificing location. After all, if you save on your accommodations, you potentially have more to spend at all of the restaurants, bars, and cultural attractions on offer in downtown Reykjavik. Check your dates today and start enjoying all that Reykjavik has to offer!