Alftanes Guesthouse Reykjavik, Iceland

Álftanes Guesthouse, Reykjavik, Iceland | small luxury hotels, boutique hotels
  • GuestHouse
  • Units 4
  • from € 120 nt
What we like about this property

It’s very easy to think of Iceland as cool. But this guesthouse has northern exposure written all over it – from the hard lines of its fantastic corrugated iron exteriors to the pared-down white interiors. It’s also in a great location, between the capital city and the country, and is perfectly poised for viewing the Northern Lights.

Cool Finds


This small modern guesthouse is located in Álftanes, a low-lying peninsula a short distance from the amenities of Reykjavík’s city center. It’s surrounded in sweeping country vistas, seascapes and mountain ranges – everything you could hope for from Iceland.

The property has two apartments (1,2) and two additional bedrooms, built around a communal breakfast room, with a shared garden. The two apartments have king-sized beds, bathrooms and kitchens. The rooms have double beds (Room 2 has an additional single bed), and share a bathroom. 

We love its industrial feel, with exteriors that look like they’ve been built to withstand the elements but still manage to look elegant. Each room is strikingly simple in design, with quirky elements like postage stamp murals, world globes, tree-trunk side tables and stair railings made of rope. The wraparound horizontal windows of Apartment 2 are a cool feature.

The owners of the property are nearby and offer a personalized service. The guesthouse aims to be environmentally-friendly, with homegrown produce and homemade food for the morning meal. The vegetables, berries and spices used are often grown in the garden of the guesthouse or in a nearby greenhouse. 


Room service, 24-hour reception and breakfast are included. If ordered the day before, you can have a breakfast tray delivered to your apartment. Prepared meals for day trips can also be booked the day before. 

Free admission to the nearby Álftanes swimming pool (with its hot tubs, steam bath, sauna, toddler pools, slides and wave pool) is included. Bikes are available for rental.


Guests can visit the seaside as well as an old farm where hay is still made and farm animals such as horses and Icelandic settlement chickens are raised. During the summer, horseback-riding excursions in Álftanes are available (please provide as much notice as possible).

The Icelandic Museum of Design and Applied Art, with Icelandic design from the beginning of the 20th century to the present, is in neighboring Garðabær.  

Álftanes is known for its birdlife. Beaches and mud-flats are accessible year-round. There are a number of great hiking and cycling paths, and there is a golf club nearby.

This is one of the best places in the capital region to view the Northern Lights. Winter in the north is generally a good season for it because of the long periods of darkness and the frequency of clear nights.  


Álftanes, Reykjavik, Iceland. Nearest airport: Keflavik International Airport (38-minute drive).


For views of the Aurora Borealis, September to April. For long days, May to July. New Year’s Eve in Álftanes is always fun, with its sky full of fireworks and bonfire by the ocean. The 6th of January is Þrettándinn, or the 13th of Christmas, with another bonfire and even more fireworks.

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Alftanes Guesthouse

from 120/ nt
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Quote Details

$260 x 4 $1,040
Cleaning Fee $100
Pet Fee $140
Taxes Not included
TOTAL $1,280
Refundable Damage Deposit $500
TOTAL (with Deposit) $1,780
Payment Terms:
  • $1,280 due now
  • Balance due
Cancellation Policy:

100% refund for cancellations request by at (property’s local time). No refund if less than 14 days priors to arrival day.

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Info & Rates
Rooms / Houses4 bedrooms
AccommodateSleeps 8-10 guests, with plans to expand to 12-15
Restaurant / self cateringRestaurant and breakfast room, with catering and room service options
KitchenThe two apartments have small kitchens
Bed Type2 kings, 2 doubles, 1 single, extra beds available
Kid FriendlyChildren are welcome
Pet FriendlyNo pets
PoolNo pool but free access is provided to the local swimming pool
ViewÁlftanes, Reykjavík, including the presidential residence Bessastaðir and surrounding mountains
RatesRates from €120 per night for one bedroom to €268 for an apartment
Minimum Stay1 night

Extra beds can be added for a nominal fee. Children’s cots are available upon request. Children under the age of 12 stay free of charge.

Parking is free for guests.

Renting a car is recommended because of the location. RAS Car Rental can have a car ready at Keflavik Airport on arrival. However, taxis and bus service are also nearby.

Small events (up to 10-12 guests) are possible.

Daily room service includes daily light cleaning, fresh towels every day, and changing of linens every other day.

Free use of the telephone for domestic/emergency calls.

Rate Table


Per night

(January 5 to April 30, 2016)

Per night

(May 1 to September 30, 2016)

Apartment 1 €240  / 34.000 krona €268 / 38.000 krona per night
Apartment 2 €205 / 29.000 krona  €233 / 33.000 krona per night
Room 1 €120 / 17.000 krona €140 / 20.000  krona per night
Room 2 €140 / 20.000 krona €162 / 23.000


Please note that although all prices are quoted in euros, they are charged in Icelandic krona according to the exchange rate on the date of payment. All prices are specified on a per accommodation per night basis, and include VAT. 

Cancellation must reach the hotel no later than 24 hours before arrival date, and must be made in writing. All bookings are subject to availability.


2 Reviews

  • Elise, October 3, 2019

    This was the most lovely accommodation we stayed at during our week in Iceland. Aslaug is a warm and welcoming host, and her design sensibilities are spot-on. The view from our room was astounding, and the breakfast absolutely delicious. Every aspect of our stay was a feast for the senses and we highly recommend this guest house. 


    Atlanta, USA

  • Patrick, May 19, 2016

    Extraordinary place. Great views, very clean and the breakfast is the best you can get. Charming host.


    Köln, Germany

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