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Destination guide

Find perfect holiday rentals in Reykjavík

The timber-faced cottages of little Reykjavík cling to the icy rocks of south-west Iceland. They combine with cutting-edge design studios and UFO-like architecture – check the City Hall, the striking Hallgrimskirkja Church and the Harpa Concert Hall – to create an edgy, curious place for the nation's diminutive capital. Reykjavík holiday lettings are the perfect place to base a stay here. They sit close to the buzzing Brennivín bars that come alive after dark, within reach of the steaming Blue Lagoon and surrounded by art galleries and Nordic museums aplenty.

History

Viking history and more around Reykjavík

Reykjavík was founded by exiled Viking warriors who ventured across the Atlantic from their homeland sometime in the late 800s AD. However, not much changed here, out on the far-flung corners of medieval Europe, until at least the 18th century. That's when the city was officially incorporated and granted a charter for its wool trading, under the auspices of the Danish crown. All that can be explored at the Arbaer Open Air Museum, which chronicles the rise of the town from farmstead to capital. The deeper, Viking past, awaits at 871±2 – an immersive museum that's built over ancient archaeological finds.

Things to do

Top attractions around your holiday home in Reykjavík

Start with a visit to the soaring Hallgrímskirkja. It's the kingpin of the city centre, rising aloft with its futuristic spire above the wooden cottages and their vibrantly coloured facades. The great Harpa concert hall should be your next stop. Its glimmering reflective shell means it's up there with the architectural treasures of the capital, while inside is where you'll catch shows by the acclaimed Icelandic Symphony Orchestra. The museum rooms of Perlan have excellent touring exhibits, not to mention a revolving restaurant perched on top. And then there's the evocative Sun Voyager sculpture, a nod to Viking heritage, by the sea.

Activities

Sightseeing in and around Reykjavik

Do you want to discover things to do while you're in the area? Venture out of your holiday home and check out everything that makes Reykjavik a one-of-a-kind holiday spot. These are some of the major attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Skalafell Ski Area (15.8 mi / 25.3 km)
  • Vesturbaejarlaug Swimming Pool (0.7 mi / 1.1 km)
  • Sundhollin (0.8 mi / 1.3 km)
  • Laugardalslaug Geothermal Pool (1.8 mi / 3 km)
  • Reykjavik Park and Zoo (2.3 mi / 3.7 km)
  • Sundlaugin Versolum Swimming Pool (4.7 mi / 7.5 km)
Outdoor activities

Adventuring outdoors near Reykjavík holiday homes

Few cities are as encompassed by wild nature as Reykjavík. With glaciers and snow-mantled peaks on 1 side, gushing waterfalls on the other and rugged black-sand beaches stretching along the nearby coast, there's always an adventure in the offing here. Wintertime means cross-country skiing on the floodlit tracks of the Blafjoll resort, which sits just to the south of the city. Spring sees the snows melt and the hiking trails open up – the green valley and flowering meadows of Esja are close, and so are the craggy tops of the Helgafell peak. Don't forget the swimming gear, either – the Reykjadalur hot springs and other geothermic pools beckon all around.

Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Reykjavik

Whether you're looking for exciting outdoor activities or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Reykjavik is a great place to get outside. These are a few of the area's most enchanting sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Reykjavik Pond (0.3 mi / 0.4 km)
  • Oskjuhlid Hill (1.6 mi / 2.6 km)
  • Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach (1.9 mi / 3.1 km)
  • Grasagardur Botanical Garden (2.2 mi / 3.5 km)
  • Hellisgerdi Park (5.3 mi / 8.6 km)
  • Elf Garden (5.4 mi / 8.6 km)
How to get there

How to get to and around Reykjavik

Fly into Reykjavik (RKV-Reykjavik Domestic), the closest airport, located 1.2 mi (2 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could also fly into Reykjavik (KEF-Keflavik Intl.), which is 23.2 mi (37.3 km) away.

Food & drink 

What to eat near your Reykjavík holiday let

Reykjavík holiday rentals make the perfect base for delving into the curious flavours of Icelandic cuisine. Influenced by the remoteness of this island country and its harsh conditions, the kitchen is probably nothing like you've ever tasted before. Pungent bowls of fermented shark meat go well with the local Brennivín spirit. The result? A tongue-tingling experience of sharp ammonia with vodka-esque undertones. Carnivores can enjoy dried sheep's head – the flesh around the cheeks is said to be the best. Meanwhile, fish lovers can wash down salty harofiskur strips with local craft beer brews.

Essential info

Facts about Reykjavík

  • Reykjavík is the world's most northerly capital city
  • May to August sees midnight sun in Iceland
  • Reykjavík's winters are bitterly cold and, between December and January, the days have just 4 hours of sunlight
  • The population of Reykjavík is 122,000 – just over 1/3 of the total of Iceland
  • 112 is the generic emergency number in Reykjavík

How many holiday rentals are available around Reykjavík?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 447 holiday lettings around Reykjavík. From 15 cottages to 326 flats & apartments, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a city-centre property in Reykjavík?

One word (or perhaps three) — location, location, location! There's nothing quite like spending your escape among all the main streets. HomeAway has 146 city centre holiday rentals available. Of course, that might not be everyone's style. Luckily, HomeAway has a bunch of other options, including:

  • 73 seaside holiday accommodation options.
  • 49 ocean-view holiday accommodation options.
  • 47 mountain-view holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent an apartment in Reykjavík?

Forget about sterile hotel rooms. Explore this destination from the comfort and convenience of your very own apartment. You'll be able to select from 370 different options with the help of HomeAway. If you make your reservation quick, you could be spending as little as £43 per night. Or maybe you'd rather try one of the area's other popular self-catering accommodation options, such as:

  • House: 72 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £84 per night.
  • Hotel: 69 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £86 per night.
  • Bed & breakfast: 41 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £44 per night.

Can I stay in Reykjavík in a large group?

Sometimes it can be tough finding the time to relax with your closest family and friends. A trip away is a fantastic opportunity to get together. If you were hoping to stay together, HomeAway has places for you. Apartment holiday rentals are the leading choice here for big groups of guests. Our extensive database presently has 82 available. The rental properties that are suitable for large groups here include:

  • On the hunt for rentals that can fit 6 people? We have 214 that will suit. Prices begin from just £85 per night.
  • Require a holiday rental for 5 people? We have 106 that will work well. Prices begin at just £69 per night.
  • Planning a trip away with 8 guests? We offer 68 rental properties that will be perfect. Prices begin at just £132 a night.

So don't fret! When you book with us you can bring along your dad, your brother and all your buddies to Reykjavík.

Where are the cheapest holiday rentals in Reykjavík?

Cramped hotel balconies are no place to spend those precious holiday moments! Explore our affordable holiday rentals now and make sure everybody in your group has room to move. Bakkar is a fantastic area to check out if you want to keep a handle on your budget. HomeAway has 4 holiday rentals, and the average price is a modest £51 per night. Heimar is another great option. We've got 22 and the average price is around £133 per night.