Reykjavik, Iceland has sure been enjoying its time in the spotlight this past couple of years. This gem of a city has skyrocketed in popularity recently and for good reason! Not only is it home to some of the most incredible views of the northern lights, but it’s also filled with geothermal hot springs like the renowned Blue Lagoon! Reykjavik is the place to be.
If you’re wondering where to stay in Reykjavik you probably have heard a story or two about the exorbitant hotel prices Thankfully though, there are now plenty of good value Airbnb’s in Reykjavik to choose from. We called in our travel experts and created a list of the best rentals in Reykjavik to get you more bang for your buck!
Let’s dive into the best Airbnbs Reykjavik has to offer based on your budget, travel group sizes, and the kind of vibes you are looking for.
In a Hurry? Here’s Where to Stay in Reykjavik for One Night
- Hallgrímskirkja church 200 m away
- Sculpture Trail
- The Sun Voyager!
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Quick Answer: These are the Top 5 Airbnbs in Reykjavik
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Why stay in an Airbnb?
Travel is shifting dramatically away from the local experience – yes, even for backpackers. We’re trapped in our hostels, coffeeshops and party districts. Airbnb is breaking down that barrier for every echelon of traveler – think basement mattress to infinity-pool penthouse!
It’s a great way to contribute to the local economy because the cash goes right to the owner and other locals employed for cleaning, maintenance and management. Staying in someone else’s home – a unique place with character – feels more like fitting into the area rather than having the typical tourist hotel room.
Airbnb hosts are known for taking good care of their guests; if it’s recommendations you want, you’ve got a pre-made friend to help you out!
Basic backpacker or fancy business person? Airbnb aims to create a cosy escape for EVERY type of traveller! No matter your budget, you’ll find something within your price range, from an entire home to a room in a shared house. There are over six million unique places to choose from.
Some places only charge per night and not per person. This usually works out a lot cheaper for big groups like families or if you are travelling with friends. Just split the bill at the end and everyone benefits!
Even the smaller rentals sometimes have more than one bedroom or a pull-out couch. Remember to request extra linen whenever you want to make use of that and your host will provide you with everything you need. To make sure your place is exactly what you’re looking for, you can also filter the rentals for amenities like kitchen, TV, Wifi and much more.
Worried about the safety of Airbnb? They’ve created a system that keeps your communication, payments and the stay itself as secure as possible.
Every host and guest has to put in valid information about themselves when signing up. This way, every account can be protected and fake profiles are avoided completely. The platform provides an end-to-end encrypted chat option to get in touch with your host as well as account protection with multi-factor authentication.
The advanced payment system makes sure that your money goes straight to the host, so no worries about card scams or fraud. If you arrive at your place and it’s not how it was advertised online, you can contact Airbnb and they will make sure you get a full refund of your stay within the first 24 hours. This way, you will always receive exactly what you paid for!
Not sure if the reviews are legit? Every guest is asked to write a fully honest review after the stay which cannot be changed or removed by the host. But be considerate during your stay because guests will receive a review as well! This ensures that everyone on Airbnb is behaving and interacting in the best way possible since no one wants a bad review to pop up on their profile.
And IF there’s still something going wrong, you can always call the 24/7 emergency hotline!
The 15 Top Airbnbs in Reykjavik
Overall Best Value Airbnb in Reykjavik – Downtown Studio Prime Location
- 2 Guests
- Self Check-In w/ Smart Lock
- 200m from Hallgrímskirkja church
This one bedroom and one bathroom studio apartment in Reykjavik is located in a prime location right in the heart of downtown. It’s a snug space, perfect for cuddling up in on a cold Icelandic day. The studio is actually freestanding and not actually crammed inside an enormous building. The privacy and the lack of neighbor noise is a huge perk! It is literally just 200 meters from Hallgrímskirkja church, and a seven minute walk to the sculpture trail and the Sun Voyager.
Additionally, the white walls and decor keeps everything looking sparkling clean. Self-check-in with a smart lock is a breeze. Gotta love it when things are easy breezy!
Best Budget Airbnb in Reykjavik – Budget Room In Central Spot
- 2 Guests
- Full Kitchen Access
- Seaside just 500m away
This private room in a house is a Reykjavik Airbnb with one bedroom and a shared bathroom. There are actually two single beds in the bedroom itself, so it’s perfect if you are traveling with another friend and sick of someone being a blanket hog…
This cozy room is located in a quiet street super close to downtown Reykjavik. There is plentiful free parking right outside on the streets. The room is freshly painted and is located in the basement. Guests are welcome to use the kitchen to its full capability and use the free coffee, tea, and basic kitchen items from spices to cooking oils.
Inside the room itself, there is a closet, a desk, a lamp, and a chair. For a short term rental in a Reykjavik homestay, this is quite the well-furnished place! Location wise, this Reykjavik Airbnb is just a six minute walk from downtown and is close to many supermarkets. What’s more, is that the seaside is just 500 meters away!.
Perfect Short-Term Rental for Digital Nomads – Bright Room w/ Desk
- 2 Guests
- Washer & Dryer
- Right on Main Street
This one bedroom comes with a shared bathroom. It is a room rental inside a lovely Reykjavik homestay. It’s a quiet room inside an actor’s house, located right on the main shopping street. It is within walking distance of anything you’d need in the city, as it is right on Laugavegur Main Street.
The place is super clean and your entire stay is sure to be pleasant and relaxing while being situated in the perfect spot to get good work done! This two-floor Reykjavik apartment is quite spacious. All guests are welcome to use the main floor of the apartment, which includes a kitchen, laundry room, and living room.
Perfect Airbnb for Solo Travelers – Room Near Harbor in Historic Home
- 1 Guest
- Breakfast Included
- Charming Historic Home
This one bedroom Reykjavik homestay is in a historic 1902 traditional Icelandic wooden home and is quite the find for solo travelers. While there isn’t a private bathroom attached to the room itself, there are one and half shared bathrooms. The room is exceedingly cozy with crisp, clean white sheets and wooden furnishings and floors.
There is even an acoustic guitar in your room should you wish to strike up a tune (note that “Wonderwall” is not permitted). This short term rental in Reykjavik sits in a quiet neighborhood, just a brief five to ten-minute walk to the city center, harbor, and swimming pool. It’s a treat to stay in this warm and cozy atmosphere in a traditional Icelandic house! You will feel truly welcomed here in this beautiful Reykjavik homestay.
Best Airbnb in Reykjavik for Nightlife – Private Downtown Garden House
- 2 Guests
- Kitchenette & Strong Shower
- Close to Cat Cafe
This one bedroom and one bathroom studio garden house is perfect for those who want to be close to all the fun in downtown. In fact, downtown Reykjavik has some incredible bars, and this Reykjavik Airbnb puts you right in the middle of the action. From the casual Lebowski Bar to the Kaffibarinn Bar with its late-night DJs, to the Dillon Whiskey Bar with its laid-back vibes, you’re sure to find your perfect watering hole near this Reykjavik Airbnb.
While this short term rental is on the smaller side, it perfectly fits two people and has a nice kitchenette and bathroom. It is completely private. Our favorite part of this Airbnb is that it’s super close to a unique cat coffee house that is Japanese styled just around the corner.
Best Short Term Rental for Couples – Chic Downtown Apt With View
- 2 Guests
- Incredible Glass-Wall Shower
- Romantic Atmosphere
This one bedroom and one bathroom short term rental is a perfect Reykjavik Airbnb for couples. It’s a new and enormously spacious downtown apartment that offers guests a lovely view over the bay and the mountains. It’s centrally located in downtown and is therefore very close to a bevy of restaurants, bars, and shops. The apartment comes with a mammoth king size bed and a comfortable sleeping sofa in the living room.
There is also a luxurious glass-wall shower, modernly equipped kitchen, and even a washing machine for those who want to do a quick load of laundry! The decor is positively lovely and you and your significant other are sure to feel right at home in this Reykjavik Airbnb.
Best Homestay in Reykjavik – Pristine Clean Homestay Packed w/ Charm
- 2 Guests
- Private Entrance w/ Key
This is a private room in an apartment with a shared bathroom. There are two single beds inside this pristine clean and charming Reykjavik homestay, so it’s perfect for those who are traveling with a friend in tow. The location is close to the water and is just a quick walk to the downtown area. Specifically, it is located in West-Town also called Vesturbær.
Now something truly special about this Airbnb in Reykjavik is that it is kept meticulously tidy. Truly! It’s squeaky, squeaky clean! This Reykjavik apartment is on the ground floor of a three-story house, with a separate entrance from the other floors. Therefore, you’ll have you have your own key and can come and go with privacy and easy! In this short term rental, you’ll be able to use the shared bathroom and kitchenette on the bottom floor as well.
Runner-Up Homestay in Reykjavik – Stylish Loft Room with Ocean View
- 2 Guests
- Peaceful Garden & Back Porch
- Close to Geothermal Pool
This one bedroom and two and a half shared bathrooms is a wonderful room rental in a Reykjavik homestay. Right outside your windows, you can soak up the incredible views of the sunset over the ocean. This Reykjavik Airbnb is located in a quiet neighborhood close to the shore. To be specific, the neighborhood is Laugardalur, which is actually home to a huge geothermal swimming pool and the national football stadium too.
The room itself is quite stylish, a lovely blend of old and new. Guests are welcomed to use the garden, back porch, and barbeque facilities. You can also take full advantage of the fully equipped kitchen, washing machine, and dryer!
Amazing Luxury Airbnb in Reykjavik – Deluxe Downtown Apartment
- $$$ 169
- 4 Guests
- Apple TV & Sound Bar
- Free Parking Space
This two bedroom and 1 bathroom apartment is one of the best Airbnbs in Reykjavik and is positively luxurious. It is located in the heart of the city, in the center of Laugavegur, right on Main Street. This deluxe short term rental comes with all of the bells and whistles, from a washing machine to a dishwasher, to an Apple TV with a soundbar you can plug into.
This rental truly has it all! A huge perk is the free private parking spot, as well as the soundproof walls. We all know how noisy neighbors can get, so soundproof walls is a dreamy amenity this Reykjavik Airbnb offers. Moreover, with the large bright windows, this spacious apartment is a dream come true!
Over-the-Top Luxury Airbnb – Penthouse Downtown Apartment
- 10 Guests
- Balcony With Stunning Views
- High-Speed Wifi & Apple TV
This bedroom and two bathroom rental comes with a total of six beds inside. It’s a penthouse apartment that offers incredible views of downtown right below your feet. Totaling in 120 square meters, this Reykjavík apartment screams luxury. It is absolutely one of the best Airbnbs in Reykjavík if you’re looking to splurge. The building was built in 1956 but the penthouse was added in 1990 making it a wonderful mix of historic and modern.
It is important to note that there is no elevator in this building. However, guests will enjoy all the luxurious furnishings and amenities, including high-speed Wifi and an Apple TV. Furthermore, a baby crib and baby high chair can be provided upon request. There is also a lovely balcony outside that is perfect to enjoy a glass of wine or a cup of tea while taking in the views below.
Best Airbnb in Reykjavik for Families – Ocean View Penthouse Apt
- 6 Guests
- Open-Concept Home
- Above a Scrumptious Pastry Shop
This three bedroom and one bathroom penthouse apartment rental is one of the best Airbnbs in Reykjavik for families. It comes with a total of five beds, which makes sleeping more than six guests a breeze. Also, there is a fully equipped kitchen to whip up delicious meals in, as well as an elevator to make hauling the luggage or groceries upstairs easy as pie. There is also a high chair and crib in this Reykjavik Airbnb for those who are traveling with young ones.
We love this open-concept home that has tons of space and room to breathe. Just downstairs is a delicious pastry shop, Bjornsbakari, which serves up traditional Icelandic pastries. Yum! This Airbnb in Reykjavik is located near the port and is very close to the bus stop. There are plenty of restaurants, bars, and stores nearby!
Best Airbnb in Reykjavik for a Group of Friends – Jazzy Downtown Apartment
- 5 Guests
- Breakfast Included
- Rustic Yet Modern Design
This two-bedroom and one bathroom Reykjavik apartment comes with a total of four beds. It is very clean and modern and sits right in the heart of downtown. There are incredible wooden floors and staircases that give this apartment such a cool atmosphere! In fact, the dark wooden floors give it an almost rustic vibe, which is contrasted by the bright white walls and the hyper-modern bathroom.
Minimal in design, this Reykjavik Airbnb is sure to please even the pickiest of friends! Moreover, this short term rental has high-speed wifi, a TV, a basic kitchen, and a high chair and travel cot can be provided upon request. Also, there is a washer and dryer to use.
Best Airbnb in Grandi — Panoramic View of Harbor Studio Apt.
- 2 Guests
- Free onsite parking
- Panoramic View of Harbor
This one bedroom and one bathroom studio apartment make for a perfect stay in the Grandi neighborhood. It’s a bright and modern space, that is stylishly furnished. We love the enormous windows that offer incredible views of the harbor. It’s right across the street from many restaurants, cafes, and bars. In fact, it’s an easy walk to everywhere in town.
It’s just steps away from some of the best local eateries and bars, and outstanding entertainment too! You’re sure to find this studio apartment in Reykjavik inviting and cozy, and super conveniently located. All of these details makes it one of the best Airbnbs in Reykjavik to stay in!
Another Great Apartment in Grandi – Cozy Apartment Near Harbor
- 4 Guests
- Washing Machine & Dishwasher
- Lovely Balcony
This one bedroom and one bathroom Airbnb in Reykjavik is located in the luxurious Grandi area and is very close to the harbor and to the renowned Saga museum. There are actually two beds, which makes hosting a total of four guests possible.
This entire cozy studio flat is yours for the taking. This short term rental has a fully equipped kitchen and a lovely wooden balcony that has plentiful outdoor furniture for lounging on and enjoying your cup of coffee or cocoa. Being situated on the third floor, the view from the balcony is one you will surely enjoy! Also, there is a washing machine, dishwasher, and industrial coffee maker for the coffee lovers out there! It’s also located fairly close to some restaurants and bars.
Top Value Airbnb in Midborg – Huge Garden Apt. Near Airport
- 5 Guests
- Huge outdoor garden
- Trampoline & Playhouse
This Reykjavik apartment is a wonderful find for those who are looking to stay near the airport. It’s an 80 square meters apartment has three bedrooms and one bathroom. This bright and chic apartment also has a huge outdoor garden complete with a playhouse and even a trampoline.
This is one of the best Airbnbs in Reykjavik close to the airport. Moreover, there is actually a supermarket, cafe, and bakery very close to this rental, which only adds to its convenience factor. In fact, it is only a 25-minute walk to the city center, so you’re not too far from the action at all!
What to Pack for your Reykjavik Airbnb
Our Broke Backpacker editors have put together a shortlist of their Airbnb essentials, which you can find here.
1. Active Roots Water Bottle: Keep your own water bottle on your travels to keep you hydrated all day long, and save the planet at the same time. Reusable bottles help the environment by cutting down plastic waste, which is even more difficult to avoid while traveling. The Active Roots Water Bottle is the perfect one for your next holiday. High-quality material, non-leaking and super chic looking, you can fill it up with any drink, and it’ll stay hot or cold all day long.
2. Universal Travel Adapter: Nothing is worse than being on holiday, having your phone on 1% and scrambling to find an adapter on the streets. Get a Universal Travel Adapter before you head off. It fits every major type of wall plug. With the 5 USB ports, you can even plug in multiple devices and charge them at the same time – having this little tool can be a total game-changer.
3. Active Roots Toiletry Bag: With this Active Root Toiletry bag, you’re more than prepared for your next holiday – keep all your bathroom essentials organized in the different sized compartments. This kit is rather large and will fit all your washroom essentials no problem. The bag makes sure that your bathroom will be clean and tidy while you have everything handy and easy to find.
4. Carbon Monoxide Detector: Most U.S. and E.U. homes ill have a CM detector but most countries don’t require homes (and by extension, Airbnbs) to have one. By getting this portable CM monitor, you can holiday without a worry. The device will send out a visual and audible alarm if carbon monoxide is above normal levels – before you could be harmed. Waterproof and long-lasting, the tiny machine is a one-time purchase that you won’t regret.
5. TRTL Travel Pillow: I don’t have anything to make long-haul flights or bus rides any shorter. But…. The TRTL Travel Pillow will give your neck and head so much support that you’ll actually be able to get some proper rest. The ergonomic design, with its adjustable interior support, is absolutely unique and was scientifically engineered to keep you comfy and safe. Including a step-by-step guide and a waterproof bag, you’ll never travel without this pillow again.
6. Reusable Shopping Bags: Are you familiar with the massive problem with plastic pollution, especially in developing nations? Avoiding consumer-end single-use plastic isn’t a massive challenge to those of us privileged to travel. Start by shopping with reusable shopping bags. They’re long-lasting, they fit everything you need and can be used as beach/picnic/day bags too. In some countries, plastic bags are either banned completely or you have to pay for them so a bag that accompanies you on every trip will go a long way.
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Final Thoughts on Reykjavik Airbnbs
Reykjavik is home incredible geothermal pools and jaw-dropping views of the northern lights. Reykjavik is also home to some amazing homes. We hope you found the best Airbnb in Reykjavik to suit your needs, budget, and travel group. No matter which short term rental you chose, we are sure it was a match made in Icelandic heaven (Valhalla!).
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