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A very comfortable large apartment on the third floor (no lift) close to the old harbor and only 950 m from the city center in the residential area of downtown Reykjavík (101).
The apartment is on the third floor; I live with my family on the first floor.
The house is in front of a primary school which I love because it is so alive when the children go out to play. The school started at 08:30 and you might hear the bell ringing and children and parents coming to school.
The apartment is in a residential neighborhood, you will be able to meet the locals. There is a primary school across the street for children between 6 and 13 years old.
It takes only a minute to walk to the sea shore and the closest supermarket, bakery and a restaurant from the apartment; but there are plenty more just 5-10 min away by the old harbor.
Zugang für Gäste
The apartment is for you. You can use the kitchen as you please but we prefer that you don't cook fish. ( It doesn't mean you can not do it). We have really bad experiences when the guests have done so. If you do so please leave the balcony door and the window open while cooking.
Interaktion mit Gästen
We live in the same building just under the apartment and we will be available if you need anything (like using the phone for the local calls).
The apartment is located in a residential neighborhood in the old harbor area and an easy stroll to the city center. It is only 950 meters from the city center itself and the areas numerous attractions. Close to our place are four museums: Maritime, Saga, Northern Lights and Whale's museum: There are couples of coffee shops and a newest ice cream shop (Italian ice) in Reykjavík. It is very close to the harbor and the city center. Everything is very close from our place so the best way to travel around our neighborhood is by foot or bike. But the Bus Terminal is just ca. 25 min. walking from our place. This is a university area and very well located. We have being in this neighborhood since I came to Iceland and we have so many friends here that it is like living in a small town. Our daughter's school is just across the road and the next sport club just 5 min by walk. Swimming pool, supermarkets, library, museums, good schools, university. We love to leave in this place. We are very close to the Grandi harbour area which just recently was limited to anything “fishy.”. However, over the past couple of years, the area has evolved into a fantastic conglomeration of restaurants, shops, museums and IT businesses, as well as fishing boats and baiting huts. Grandi is literally teeming with life. There are small fishing boats regularly coming in to harbour to land their catch; and then there´s the dry dock where bigger trawlers are being repaired. The scenery isn't half bad either— there´s the panoramic view out over Faxaflói bay and Mount Esja rises majestically in the distance. The invigorating smell of the sea, the views, eateries, boutiques, cultural activities, and the hustle and bustle of this fashionable part of town make it an ideal place for a leisurely stroll.
There are free public parking slots on the streets.
From the airport you take the road 41 to Reykjavík and drive forward until you reach the road 49 Miklabraut, which turns into Hringbraut by the university. Drive on mIklabraut, Hringbraut until you reach Frammnesvegur which is the second last street before you reach the sea shore. At Frammnesvegur you turn to the right and again to the right. You should be at Sólvallagata now and you need to look for the number 68.
You don't need a car. You will reach by walking museums, coffee shops, restaurants, shops, Harpa music hall, the flee market, city center.
Coocoo’s Nest (Grandagarður 23). A small family-run business that opened last year and offers a lovely selection of dishes for brunch, lunch, and dinner. The restaurant has become known for their sourdough pizzas and friendly atmosphere. They also serve organic coffee and “aperativo,” which is the Italian equivalent to happy hour.
Kaffivagninn (Grandagarður 10). This small and unpretentious café probably has one of the best views in all of Reykjavík. The café was founded in 1983 and catered to fishermen who’d drop by for coffee before, during, and after work hours. Recently, husband and wife Guðmundur Viðarsson and Mjöll Daníelsdóttir bought the coffee shop and offer a simple breakfast and lunch menu.
Valdís (Grandagarður 21). This wildly popular ice cream parlour is located in one of the old baiting sheds by the harbour. Gylfi Valdimarsson, a chef who lived in Denmark for a decade, serves homemade Italian-inspired gelato and sorbet in freshly baked ice cream cones. The parlour was an instant hit - and understandably so! The ice cream is ridiculously tasty! However, be prepared to queue for your treat because Gylfi’s ice cream truly does bring the boys, and everybody else, to the yard.
Café Retró (Grandagarður 14). This is a typical Icelandic café. Its interior is very straightforward, and the menu consists of homemade cakes, sandwiches, and soups. Café Retro also serves excellent coffee, and out front is a marvelous veranda with a fantastic view of the harbour.
Búrið Delicatessen (Grandagarður 35). This quirky cheese shop offers the best in cheese from around the world, along with a great selection of jams, cured meats, olives, chutneys, and other tasty nibbles.
Places of interest:
Kría cycles (Grandagarður 7). Kría was the first workshop in town that custom built bikes for bike enthusiasts. The two owners (a Brit and an Icelander) live and breathe the sport. Anyone cycling around Reykjavík or Iceland is advised to drop by, grab a coffee, and gather some local expertise on interesting biking routes.
Þúfan/The Hillock (Western-most point of Reykjavík harbour). This eco-friendly sculpture is the work of artist Ólöf Nordal. It resembles a small hillock and is 8 metres (26 feet) high. A narrow stone path will lead visitors to the top of the hillock where the view across Faxaflói bay is nothing less than breathtaking.
Hús fiðrildanna (Hólmaslóð 4). This small boutique carries retro furniture and knick-knacks. It’s a lovely little place to browse around in.
Farmers Market (Hólmaslóð 2). This is the flagship store of the Icelandic fashion brand Farmers Market. Located in what used to be an old fish factory, the store is a world of its own. The brand was founded in 2005 by designer Bergþóra Guðnadóttir and musician Jóel Pálsson. The idea was to produce a collection made from organic and recycled fabrics with references to the brand’s Nordic roots.
STEiNUNN (Grandagarður 17). This is designer Steinunn Sigurðardóttir’s boutique and workshop. Steinunn worked for fashion brands such as Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, and Gucci for many years before founding her own label, STEiNUNN, in 2000. Designer Calvin Klein has described Steinunn as one of the most talented designers he has had the pleasure to work with. This is Icelandic design at its best, so be sure to pop into her workshop when in the area.
Ellingsen (Fiskislóð 1). The store was founded in 1916 and sells outdoor gear and equipment such as tents, fishing rods, hiking boots, and clothing.
Bónus (Fiskislóð 2). A chain of low price grocery stores, easily recognisable by its logo: The pink pig with a black eye. This is the best place to shop when on a tight budget.
Krónan (Fiskislóð 15). This is another low price grocery store. It is more spacious than Bónus, but also a bit pricier.
Nettó (Fiskislóð 3). A handy grocery store open 24/7—good in case of emergencies.
Weitere wichtige Infos
The house is in front of a primary school which I love because it is so alive when the children go out to play.
Alcohol which is stronger than 2.25% isn’t sold in the grocery shops in Iceland.You can buy alcohol in the state-owned liquor stores named Vínbúdin. There are 13 state-owned liquor stores in the capital area.
Here is a list of all the wine stores in the capital area:
Travelers can import alcoholic beverages and tobacco products or buy them on the duty free airport shop as follows:
•1 litre of spirits, 1 litre of wine and 200 cigarettes (1 carton) or 250 g of other tobacco products; or
•1 litre of spirits, 6 litres of beer and 200 cigarettes (1 carton) or 250 g of other tobacco products; or
•1.5 litre of wine, 6 litres of beer and 200 cigarettes (1 carton) or 250 g of other tobacco products; or
•3 litres wine and 200 cigarettes (1 carton) or 250 g of other tobacco products.
Spirits comprise alcoholic beverages having 22% alcoholic content or more; wines comprise alcoholic beverages, other than beer, below this alcohol content.
The minimum age for bringing alcoholic beverages into Iceland is 20 years, or 18 years for tobacco.
Dear guests, this is a family building in a residential neighborhood; no parties allowed and we ask for general noise to be low after 23:00. If you fancy a late night out then we just ask you to be considerate with noise upon your return.
Smoking is forbidden inside the apartment but it is totally fine on the balcony.
Keep your shoes outside the apartment on the shoe shields.
No pets allowed.
Please cook with the window open and all other doors close. If possible don't cook fish. We have really bad experiences when the guests have done so. If you do so.
We don‘t charge cleaning fee and we expect that our guests clean everything they use in the kitchen and put them back in the place that they found them.
Wenn du bis zu 7 Tage vor deinem Aufenthalt stornierst, erhältst du eine Rückerstattung über 50 %, plus die Service-Gebühren.
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I am from Colombia but I have being living in Iceland for 25 years. My husband is from Iceland. We met in Germany when we were exchange students in 1989 We love outside activities, visit museums, go to concerts and theater. And the most important, we love to have guests.