Guesthouses in Reykjavik

Guesthouses in Reykjavik

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Why stay in a guesthouse in Reykjavik?

When visiting Reykjavik, the capital city of Iceland, staying in a guesthouse offers a unique and immersive experience that sets it apart from traditional hotels. Reykjavik's guesthouses provide a cozy, intimate, and authentic atmosphere, allowing travelers to truly connect with the local culture and hospitality.

Guesthouses in Reykjavik are often family-owned and operated, ensuring a personal touch and warm welcome. The hosts are eager to share their knowledge about the city's hidden gems, insider tips, and captivating stories, making your stay more memorable.

Reykjavik itself is a fascinating destination with much to offer. Known for its striking landscapes across the bay, plenty of geothermal pools, and vibrant arts scene, the city captivates visitors with its unique blend of nature and urban charm.

From the iconic Hallgrimskirkja church to the buzzing streets of Laugavegur, Reykjavik exudes a distinct blend of tradition and modernity.

Guesthouses in Reykjavik often feature traditional Icelandic architecture, combining timber, stone, and corrugated iron for a rustic yet cozy ambiance. Many offer breathtaking views of the city's picturesque surroundings, with a chance to see the mesmerizing northern lights during winter.

With comfortable accommodations and essential amenities, guesthouses provide a comfortable retreat after a day of exploring Reykjavik's wonders.

Embrace the charm, warmth, and authenticity that come with guesthouse accommodation, and immerse yourself in the captivating allure of Reykjavik, the beating heart of Iceland.

Frequently asked questions

What is the best guesthouse in Reykjavik?

One of the best guesthouses in Reykjavik is Freyja Guesthouse & Suites, rated 4.8 out of 5 stars by more than 130 travelers. Freyja Guesthouse is located in the center of Reykjavík, just 200 meters from Hallgrimskirkja Church. Whether traveling alone, by pair or as a group, Freyja Guesthouse can accommodate you. Equipped with a full-size kitchen with a beautiful lounge area, the Freyja guesthouse is a cozy place to stay in the center of Reykjavik.

What are the must-see attractions in Reykjavik?

Visit the picturesque Old Harbor area, where you can take the Reykjavik Whale Watching Tour or simply stroll along the waterfront.
While downtown you can visit the iconic Hallgrimskirkja church, one of Reykjavik's most recognizable landmarks. Immerse yourself in Icelandic history and culture at the National Museum of Iceland. You can also do some shopping on the bustling street of Laugavegur, lined with trendy boutiques, restaurants, and cafes. Admire the stunning architecture of the Harpa Concert Hall and attend a performance or concert if available.
If you're looking for something different, experience the geothermal wonders of Iceland by visiting one of Reykjavik's thermal pools or spas, such as the popular Laugardalslaug, where you can relax in hot tubs and saunas and enjoy local swimming traditions.
These are just a few highlights of what Reykjavik has to offer. The city also boasts a lively nightlife, excellent dining options, and a vibrant music and arts scene, ensuring there's something for everyone to enjoy.

What is there to do in Reykjavik?

Reykjavik, the vibrant capital city of Iceland, offers a multitude of activities and attractions for visitors to enjoy. We have a wide variety of day trips from Reykjavik which will bring you back to your guesthouse in the evening, where you can do anything from horse riding tours and whale-watching excursions to sightseeing trips, ATV rides, and much more.
Avail the 48-Hour Reykjavik City Card that allows you to explore Reykjavik in-depth and gives you access to the popular museums, galleries, and geothermal pools, as well as discounts in a number of restaurants and shops.
There are several Reykjavik Walking Tours that enable you to discover the wonders of Reykjavik on foot with an expert guide. Depending on your interests, there are different tours for you.
For the foodies, they have the Reykjavik Food Walk Tour.
Beer and alcoholic beverage lovers can enjoy a lovely night out with friends with the guided 2.5-hour Reykjavik beer & schnapps walking tour. Even cat lovers are well represented with this 2-hour cat walking tour in Reykjavik with snacks.

What other attractions do people commonly visit when they are in Reykjavik?

In addition to exploring Reykjavik, visitors often venture out to nearby attractions in the city.
Located about 30 miles (48 kilometers) southwest of Reykjavik, the Blue Lagoon is a world-renowned geothermal spa famous for its milky-blue waters and rejuvenating properties. For admission or transfers, check out our Blue Lagoon tours.
The Golden Circle, a popular route, includes three major attractions. These are the Thingvellir National Park, Geysir geothermal area, and Gullfoss waterfall. The Golden Circle is a classic day trip from Reykjavik. See the different Golden Circle tours and choose those that depart from Reykjavik.
Situated southwest of Reykjavik, the Reykjanes Peninsula is known for its unique volcanic landscapes and geothermal areas. It is approximately 28 miles (45 kilometers) from Reykjavik. Check out our wide variety of Reykjanes tours if you want to explore the peninsula.

Which guesthouses in Reykjavik are the best for a weekend short stay?

It all depends on your preferences and the budget you want to spend on accommodation. We especially recommend the location around Laugavegur or the Old Harbour, as well as near Lake Tjornin, where you can go on a guided tour or a walk to all the most famous attractions in Reykjavik.
Reykjavík Treasure B&B is a short walk from the capital's popular shopping street, Laugavegur, and is just 650 feet (200 meters) from Reykjavik Art Museum.

What amenities can I expect in a guesthouse in Reykjavik?

Guesthouses in Reykjavik typically offer comfortable rooms with essential amenities such as Wi-Fi, private or shared bathrooms, and common areas for socializing. Some guesthouses may also provide breakfast, kitchen facilities, and complimentary tea or coffee.

Do the guesthouses in Reykjavik offer self-check-in and luggage storage?

In many guesthouses, you will find the option of self-check-in, which is very convenient when your plane lands late, or you want to explore Reykjavik longer. Many guesthouses also offer luggage storage. Check the available amenities on our accommodation page and choose a guesthouse in Reykjavik that will perfectly meet your expectations.

Is renting a car necessary when staying in a guesthouse in Reykjavik?

Renting a car in Reykjavik is not necessary, but it provides greater flexibility and convenience, especially if you plan to explore attractions outside the city.

Which guesthouse should I stay in if I don't have a rental car and need to travel by public transport in Reykjavik?

If you don't rent a car, your only option will be buses or taxis. If you want to explore Reykjavik, you should choose a guesthouse in the city center, for example, near the Hallgrimskirkja church or Hlemmur and Austurvollur squares. You will be close not only to all major attractions but also to bus stops. Most guided tours start at pickup places located mostly in the center of Reykjavik.
Snorri's Guesthouse is located in the city center, ideally situated to explore Iceland's capital on foot.

Do guesthouses in Reykjavik offer a free shuttle from an international airport?

Most guesthouses do not offer free transfers from the Keflavik International Airport. However, there are many ways to get to Reykjavik. You may take the bus or a taxi. The most popular choice among visitors is renting a car at the airport in Keflavik right after arriving in Iceland. There are also convenient private transfers that you may avail of, like this comfortable airport transfer by car.

Should I book a guesthouse in Reykjavik if I come with a large family or a group of friends?

Most guesthouses in Reykjavik and other parts of Iceland offer family rooms or dormitories where you can spend a comfortable time with your loved ones. B14 Guesthouse has 15 bunk beds that can accommodate 30 persons.
If you are arriving in the summer, we recommend booking your accommodation in advance.

What makes staying in a guesthouse in Reykjavik special?

Staying in a guesthouse in Reykjavik offers a more authentic and immersive experience, allowing you to connect with the local culture and hospitality. It provides an opportunity to create lasting memories, forge friendships, and gain insider knowledge about the city.
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