Sunday, 5 June 2016

Travel | Airbnb in Iceland

April & May spoil us with Bank Holidays, sometimes I wonder why they are spread out a little more across June and July, but hey hoe. (I don't want to sound ungrateful). I've learnt to make the most of them in terms of travel, as personally I find an average weekend just isn't quite long enough for travelling too far. The early May bank holiday was our choice of weekend to travel to Iceland. I went with two girlfriends and after looking at various hotel options, briefly, we decided Airbnb was the way forward for our trip.

It was our first experience of Airbnb (why on earth haven't I used it before)? It's great a really accessible accommodation option. You get to stay in a local home, in a lovely neighbourhood of a city. I quite like that, it's probably due to my slightly nosy streak. I like to see how real people live. It's all very well staying in a hotel, but the self catering Airbnb option is perfect for a short city break.

If you haven't used Airbnb before you can sign up and get £20 of Airbnb credit here - just by following my link and then booking your first Airbnb stay. A great offer if you ask me - I'm always after a bargain.

My experiences of Airbnb

We stayed in a lovely lovely penthouse flat in Reykjavik (Miðstræti). It was the perfect base for us for us for our 2 night trip. We really packed a lot into our weekend - travelling early on Saturday from Stansted and arriving at the apartment at 11am. Our host Ingi, kindly met us at the apartment early so we could head off explore. We flew back at approx 4pm on the bank holiday Monday. It was the perfect time to explore Reykjavik and a little bit of Iceland. But there's more on that coming soon.

Correspondence with our Host beforehand was perfect - he advised us on parking and local bakeries etc. I would highly recommend using one of Ingi's properties. (I have since found out he has another beautiful flat in Reykjavik).

Our lovely view.

The Property

The apartment itself is light and airy. It's really quite spacious and accommodates up to 5 people. There are 2 double beds and 1 single. There's also a good social space, (with dining table, sofa & tv) a large galley type kitchen, bathroom and laundry area. It's definitely bigger than our flat in London, I'd happily live here if I somehow every had the opportunity to live in Iceland! There is on street parking which you have to pay for Monday-Saturday, but not on Sundays.

The kitchen in the apartment is stocked with a large amount of everything you may need to make a meal - pots pans, utensils, crockery, cutlery etc. There's even a dishwasher. However we didn't really use the kitchen much as we were too busy exploring Reykjavik and the surrounding areas. It's great to have the option to eat in if you'd like to though. (It's been quite a while since I've done a self-catering style holiday).

Exterior of the property.

Bed area.

The bedroom itself.


Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral is 8 minutes walk away and the Harpa Musical hall is 9 mins walk away. It really is in a great location. The main shopping area is also really close by and we found a lovely bakery Sandholt (as recommended by Ingi our host) and a lovely little coffee shop called Reykjavik Roasters which are also within very easy walking distance.

The apartment costs £108 a night. So between 3 was 36 each,  for 5 people it would be 21.60 per night, which is just amazing value. To find this property on Airbnb click here. I'll definitely be using Airbnb again, both in the UK and abroad. 


  1. I LOVE AirBNB, we've stayed in a few amazing places because of it!

    1. It's great isn't it? We'll definitely be using it again and again!


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