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3 Room Apartment in the Center, Parallel to the Main Street

Bedrooms 2
Space 721 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Apartment, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

The 3-room apartment is the Reykjavik home of an artist family that is based in Reykjavik and Berlin. It has been designed by the owner in a personal unique way. The apartment is ideally situated for tourists close to everything. It is THE center of Reykjavik. The heart.

The apartment is clean and tidy up to hotel standards with linen, towels and little extras provided.

The mattresses on the beds are new and care for your health. The kitchen was custom made by the same carpenter that build the kitchen for Bjork. The bathroom is modern standards. Personal music and book library, family furniture and eccentric items make the apartment cozy and warm and ideal for feeling like a local.

The house is a typical 1930s construction with 3 apartments, one on each floor plus a basement and a back garden. In the basement there is a washing room with washing machine. Young families live in the other apartments. The apartment is on the 3rd floor (counting the ground floor as the 1st floor) and has 2 bedrooms and a living room.

It is on Grettisgata close to the corner of Baronsstigur (google). The parallel street is Laugavegur. The main street of Reykjavik for shopping and walking around, enjoying street life. Still Grettisgata is local. If you walk up the road next door on the left there is a beautiful indoor swimming pool extensively photographed by artist Roni Horn. It is fully equipped with sauna, fitness equipment and outside chill area and hot tubs where you can gaze at the Nordic lights (in winter). Across the pool there is the local school with basketball court freely available to the public during the summer holiday months (May till August). Walking down Baronsstigur you first cross the Laugavegur, main shopping street before bumping into a 24 hours store and ending within few minutes at the seafront hiking route with its breathtaking mountain range across the bay. Another good place to spot the Nordic Lights. Other noteworthy amenities include Te og Kaffi bookshop and coffee house on the corner of Baronsstigur and Laugavegur; Bonus, the Icelandic discount food store, few minutes walk down Laugavegur; and Hlemmur, the main city bus terminal, few minutes walk up Laugavegur with easy connections to all the other places in the city.

Note that the apartment does not have a TV.

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Property Manager
Property Manager
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
June 20, 2017

About The Owner

We are a family of four that live mostly in Berlin Germany. Our daughters are 6 and 3 year old. We stay in Grettisgata perhaps 2-4 months a year.

The flat I´m renting out is the gem of my eye, my personal home with lots of love put into it. Treat it nice please :-)

The Owner purchased this apartment in 1999

Why The Owner chose Reykjavik

This is the liveliest corner of Reykjavik. Ideal for a car free downtown lifestyle with its pedestrians and coffee shops.

What makes this apartment unique

Downtown and local! People are out and about. Everything is within a few minutes walk. People, culture, nature, transport, good food and expresso! The apartment itself is full of cozy character.


Hlíðar Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 3
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 721 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , We have hairdryer and hand wash liquid in the bathroom.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , The bed is actually wider than Queen size. Health mattress.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , The sleep sofa is actually a pull out bed w/nice mattress.
  • Baby Crib. This is a travel crib that can be pulled out. No extra mattress.
  • Books
  • Music Library ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Indoor Pool
  • Sauna ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
Please note that the INTERNET IS NOT INCLUDED and needs to be paid in advance. Talk to the owner about it when booking. The whole apartment is well maintained. It is furnished and equipped with personal items. The apartment is in on the top floor in a house with 2 other apartments. There is a washroom in the basement with private washing machine and behind the house there is a communal garden for the whole house. A single mother with a child lives in the apartment below.


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(38 traveler reviews)

3 Room Apartment in the Center, Parallel to the Main Street
average rating of 4.6842103 based on 38 reviews

Cozy Icelandic Home

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay very much. The apartment was very convenient and close to everything. Even though it is very close to Laugavegur, it is very quiet and peaceful. It was just as described on the listing, and we would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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very good value compared to hotel prices

  • 4 of 5

Pleasant and homely apartment in an excellent location.

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Love it !!

  • 5 of 5

As we stayed 10 days at Hulda's apartment, we could say we felt at home... Lots of advantages to stay there, close from activities of city center but with no night noises. Building is quiet and the flat offer a great view on a big tree, that is not so evident in Iceland ;)

5 min by walk from swimming pool, Sundhöll Reykjavíkur, and from a walk along the shore. Parking is possible at 1 min. We felt free to do what we wanted, stay in Reykjavik or visit region (like skiing at Bláfjöll !!)

Well equipped with everything we needed for cooking, sleeping (very good bed !!), bathroom, and lots of electric sockets !!

We thanks a lot Hulda for her kindness and look forward to stay in Reykjavik another time;)


  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks . That´s is really sweet review David :)
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Well Located Comfortable Apartment

  • 3 of 5

My wife and I stayed in this apartment for 6 days in December. The apartment is well located, just a block from the main shopping street just east of central Reykjavik. We rented a car. It is pay parking on the street in front of the apartment ( from 9am to 6pm ) but free parking on the adjacent streets away from the main shopping street. We found spots for our small car by parallel parking around the corner on Baronstigur street and perpendicular parking one block away on Njaisgata street or two blocks away on Bergbordgata, next to the large enclosed swimming pool complex.

We ate all meals in the apartment, a large Bonus grocery is only three blocks away. The kitchen is good size with a large amount of counter space. We missed having a microwave, it is an essential appliance these days. Also missing was a small frying pan essential for frying or sautéing various items for two people. The apartment was well heated by the hot water radiators in every room.

The bathroom is small but features a full length tub with shower. I enjoyed soaking in hot water in the tub. Note that the hot water from the faucets is very hot. The sink in the bathroom does not protrude very far from the wall. It is good for washing hands, but for brushing teeth or washing your face; it is best done in the kitchen sink.

The living room and bedrooms were warm, and comfortable.

  • Submitted: Dec 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Sam, thanks for the thorough review, especially the parking info. It is very useful. I check out about the pan. Last time I knew there was at least two frying pans. Sometimes things disappear between guests. I´m really sorry. It is worth mentioning that the apartment is a home so it reflects certain style of living and as we like to eat healthy we would never use a microwave. So no microwave is going to appear sorry guests. Our eccentricity I guess but also very Euro-urban way of life. We are a family of four and have never had problem washing faces and teeth in the bathroom sink. It is quite small indeed but I have never thought about that brushing teeth or face might be problematic for someone but of course it is possible. Thanks for pointing it out. Future renters I think it might prove easier than the review might suggest to wash face and teeth in the bathroom. It is a bathroom that is good for one person to be in at a time or one grown up and one or two kids. The apartment like many other apartments downtown Reykjavik were build at a time where bathrooms were not common and it is an extra that was fitted in later.
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Perfect cool space and location.

  • 5 of 5

This property was perfect for my wife and me to base our trip to south and west Iceland from. The location is walkable from the flybus and there is a car rental 1.5 blocks away! In fact, you can walk just about anywhere you need to go in Reykjavik.

Hulda has really made this place really cool and comfortable (the bed was very nice). It was very clean and spacious. The hot water has a distinct sulphur smell but from what we have heard, that is very common in Iceland and it doesn't stay with you after a shower. I would highly recommend Hulda's apartment.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Drew, thanks for your sweet words. It is my Reykjavik home and I´m happy to hear it worked out for you. The info was great. Especially the point about the stop for the flybus one and a half block away. I actually don´t know where the flybus stops so if any future renter is reading this he might want to write in his review what is the name of the stop. All the best, Hulda
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Great apartment in perfect city location.

  • 5 of 5

The communication prior to the trip was great, making the planning stress-free and easy. I loved everything about the apartment. It was great to see the sights all day and look forward to getting back to my home for the week. The bed was comfortable, the shower worked well. You can walk anywhere for food, shopping, sight-seeing in the city. I had a rental car, and on most days was gone prior to the time the paid parking kicked in (9am during the week). It wasn't difficult to get in and out of the city with the rental vehicle from the apartment.

I would certainly stay there again -thanks!

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Paul, thanks. You were also a very nice guest and it was a pleasure to help you out with you needed prior to your arrival. Thanks!
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Car: not necessary


The apartment is on Grettisgata downtown in the middle of everything, bars, restaurants, groceries, shopping. Use to find Grettisgata on a map.

2 minutes from main city bus terminal Hlemmur with buses to all the suburbs. 15 minutes walk to the BSI bus terminal with busses to the Blue Lagoon and airport. The swimming pool is next door and has sauna, hot tubs and fitness equipment. Down the street, 2 minutes is a beautiful hiking route along the seafront with mountain view. Up the road 2 minutes there is the Hallgrimskirkja church that towers over Reykjavik cityscape. The old bank down the street was recently converted into a nice bookshop café where you can enjoy croissants and expresso while checking out travel books.


Rates & Availability

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3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $16 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $76.26

If you are checking-in after midnight (flight arrival 23:00 or later) please mention it while booking.

Easter, Christmas, Iceland Airwaves have summer rates. Internet: 5 Gb download 18 euros and 10 Gb download 30 euros.
I receive payment via Paypal or wire bank transfer. Reservation is made when half the payment has been received and the 2nd payment needs to arrive no later than half a month prior to arrival. For long stays in summer one month prior to arrival.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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