Vaktahouse Reykjavik, Iceland

  • House
  • 2 BR
  • Sleeps 4
  • from € 430 nt
What we like about this property

Offering a glimpse into the many facets of the local character of Reykjavik, this vacation home for rent in Iceland gives guests an opportunity to get to know a historic side of the city almost unchanged since the town’s inception. We like its simple character and charm. And the zippy little Citroen that comes with your stay is a great touch!

Description

Centrally located within a quiet neighborhood of downtown Reykjavik, this vacation home for rent in Iceland is part of the oldest and most picturesque neighborhoods in the city. Built in the 19th century, the house served as the former home of the city’s watchman, and is thought to have originally been part of a turf farm long since gone. 

Brought back to life from an unremarkable structure to its former beauty, the owners only lightly redesigned the interiors using original materials and building techniques that reflect the cultural spirit of Iceland. 

The ground floor living room is a cozy space with a fully equipped kitchen and small bath while upstairs the loft floor houses two sleeping areas that can accommodate up to four guests. Surrounded by lovely seasonal gardens, the property has an outdoor grill and dining area for those long days of midnight sun.

Filled with original character, this townhouse is a window into a simpler time, where you can relax and experience the beauty and unique history of Reykjavík.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

2014 Citroen C3 for guest use during your stay with pre-loaded GPS for touring and on-site parking. Wifi throughout, cable TV, Bang & Olufsen Beoplay stereo audio system. Kitchen essentials, eco-friendly products and bath essentials, goose down and damask linens, laundry facilities. Weber outdoor grill and two bicycles for guest use. 

AROUND

Located in the quiet and historic neighborhood of Grjotaþorpid, the house is within a block from the city center and within easy walking distance of the areas best shops, restaurants and museums. One of the oldest developed sections of town as well as the entire country, the area’s picturesque streets, houses and gardens reflect a simpler time in the country’s history. Close to the many great bicycle and walking paths along the harbor and the coastline, you can enjoy both the city or venture out to the famous scenic spots around the capital where you’ll find the most spectacular natural features of the island including the “Golden Circle” route, where Eurasia meets North America. The Þingvellir National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Thingvallavatn Lake (the largest lake in Iceland) are within a short drive as are Hengill volcanic area, the river Öxará, Gullfoss waterfall, the hot springs area of Geysir, and the Kerid crater, all offering both winter and summer attractions.

LOCATION

Reykjavik, Iceland. Nearest Airport: Keflavík International Airport

BEST TIME TO VISIT: A land of stunning contrasts, Iceland is the place to visit for the midnight sun during summer or the northern lights in winter (October – March). 

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Vaktahouse

from 430/ 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
Notes
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
Bedrooms1 Bedroom plus a sleeping loft
Bed Type1 Double, 1 Sofa bed plus extra mattress
KitchenFully equipped
Bathrooms1 Bathroom
Accommodate4 Guests
InternetWifi throughout
Pet friendlyNo
RatesRates are €430 per night including free use of the house car
Minimum Stay2 Nights
ViewCity streets and garden views
Notes

Check in: 3pm

Check out: 11am

First 50% of the total amount is due within two weeks from confirmed booking date. The remaining 50% is due two weeks prior to arrival date. Payment is through bank transfer or Credit Card transfer. 

Cancellation within 4-8 weeks – 50% of the rate is refunded

Cancellation within 2-4 weeks – 25% of the rate is refunded

Less than 2 weeks – no refund. Bank charges excluded. 

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Reviews

16 Reviews

  • Milk Decoration, January 4, 2017

    “Vakta House fut la premiére maison en bois construite dans le quartier de Grjoti, en 1848. Le nom de cette maison doit son appellation á son ancien propriétaire, le policier de la ville, sorte de shérif local, en charge de prévenir les incendies, les inondations ou autres.”

    “En 2011, c´est avec le plus grand soin et dans le plus grand respect des traditions que la maison fut rénovée par l´architecte islandais Argos. Aujourd´hui, cette petite maison de ville á la décoration soignée et coquette peut accueillir une famille de 4 personnes. Á disposition des hôtes, une voiture et des bicyclettes.”

    Milk Decoration

    Milk Decoration

    France

  • Elizabeth, January 4, 2017

    Every detail of this lovely small home has been seen to. The custom-made furniture fits into the spaces just so, the beds are soft and warm, the lighting on dimmers underneath the A-frame beams just glows like a beautiful night light, and there were pastries and yogurt awaiting us! Plus Margret was very kind and easy to work with. Her house manager Olafur could not have given us a warmer greeting: he showed us all the beautiful details of the house, and then gave us a quick tour in the car to show us the lay of the land. I cannot say enough nice things about Vaktahouse!

    Elizabeth

  • Melissa, December 12, 2016

    “This is the perfect little vacation house. It has everything you need, from a dishwasher, to fast wifi, to phone chargers you might have forgotten. But more than that it is absolutely gorgeous, a beautiful old house, decorated with wonderful taste. Kids (and grownups) will love the attic sleeping area. I wish my own house looked like this!”

    Melissa

    Somerville, U.S.

  • Kevin, October 10, 2016

    10.0ctober.2016
    “Perfect location for a long week in Iceland.
    Very comfortable and clean, great location very high standard of accommodation”

    Kevin

    Great Britain

  • Terra, August 30, 2016

    Vakta was more amazing than we ever imagined!
    Vaktahouse was the most unique place we ever stayed. Comfortable, beautiful, cozy, and welcoming. Felt like an elfin cottage. Great location! We can’t wait to return next year!

    Terra

    U.S.

  • Diane, July 19, 2016

    Wonderful Cozy little house!
    Fabulous Cozy wonderful little traditional house in the heart of Reykjavik ….absolutely loved our stay. The house is spotlessly clean and the little personal touches left for us made a huge difference. The bikes and car were brilliant….you must stay here!

    Diane

    Great Britain

  • Maureen, May 29, 2016

    29 May 2016

    “A one-of-a-kind experience! Vakta is a romantic little home in beautiful old Rekjavik, just steps away from great restaurants, shops and attractions. It is the perfect home base for day tripping the Golden Circle, South Iceland and the Reykjanes Peninsula in the Vakta Citroen. A perfect day would find us rising a dawn, savoring a traditional Icelandic breakfast at a local restaurant, then hitting the road to enjoy one of Vakta’s many suggested day trips. Upon our return, we would shop for dinner at the local fishmonger, cheese shop and bakery and hurry home to start the grill and relax over a glass of wine. If you are newlyweds, this is the house for you. And if you are wed 36 years but still insanely in love (like us), this is the house for you”.

    Maureen

    U.S.

  • Regina, April 16, 2016

    “Vaktahouse is a real jewel in the heart of Reykjavik. The house has been superbly renovated and decorated with taste and quality artworks illustrating the history of Iceland. It is a unique place to stay in as it feels like one goes back in time, into the epicentre of Icelandic history. At the same time it has all the luxury and elegance of a modern lifestyle. The car that is made available is also excellent to have to do small errands or take longer trips. Just lovely”.

    Regina

  • Susan, February 13, 2016

    Best holiday house EVER! A must stay for any visitor to Rekyjavik.
    What can I say! I wish there was an option of 6 stars as this wonderful house deserves every one.
    We visited Reykjavik as a group of 6 to take part in the Reykjavik marathon and had possibly one of the best holidays we have ever had and a major part of that was due to our wonderful accommodation in Vakta House.
    Margret could not have been more helpful or accommodating, acting as both owner and tour guide. I could not have organised the trip without her help. The booking process was painless.
    The house itself is utterly beautiful – quaint, quirky, warm and oozing character. It’s one of the oldest in the city and perfectly located, just 2 minutes walk from the centre with shops, restaurants and all the sights on the doorstep. That said, it is in a quiet, peaceful street and we all slept soundly.
    Inside the house couldn’t be better equipped. We all agreed that many of the appliances – coffee maker, hair dryer and shower were better than the ones we have at home. The beds were very comfy and it was immaculately clean.
    I can’t recommend this beautiful house any higher. We will definitely be back.

    Susan

    UK

  • Annleyg, January 13, 2016

    “We loved the house, it is so cozy and charming. Also we loved the interior design, and the perfect blend with traditional Icelandic patterns and modern features, such as the B&O.”
    “We were absolutely amazed by the welcome, when we had wine, bread and cheese and the roses. It gave us so much respect for the house and for you as a host. Thank you very much. ”

    Annleyg

    Faroe Islands

  • Julie, November 5, 2015

    We loved our stay at Vaktahouse, and would be delighted to return. Margaret ensured that we had all the information we needed, and we were pleasantly surprised that, after a long journey to get there, she had provided refreshments. The house is even more charming than the photographs provided. The beds were beautifully comfortable. It is extremely easy to get from the house to the harbour and the centre of town – no more than five minutes’ walk. Having a car was tremendously useful – we travelled extensively. I couldn’t recommend Vaktahouse highly enough.

    Julie

    UK

  • Stephanie, August 31, 2015

    This is a really special place. Everything is inviting, comfortable, and so well chosen, from the linens to the tea pot to the armchair. Not to mention the unexpected feast of great bread, cheese, fruit, pastries, and wine laid out to greet us by our welcoming host. While there is so much to explore in Iceland, we almost wanted to stay indoors and spend our time enjoying this cleverly converted, beautifully designed little home.

    Stephanie

    USA

  • Lisa, July 26, 2015

    We truly enjoyed our stay at Vaktahouse. Margrét was quick to respond to our messages before and during the trip. She was flexible, informative and courteous. The location of Vaktahouse cannot be beat. It is on a quiet street but a short walk to restraints, coffee, the waterfront, and shopping. The house itself is charming and has a wonderful atmosphere. When the sun was out, sitting on the back patio with coffee was a peaceful treat before heading out to explore the natural wonders of Iceland. If you are unsure of what you would like to do during your stay, or interested in learning more about Iceland and Icelandic culture, there are many beautiful books around the house to leaf through. I cannot say enough positive things about Vaktahouse. It is a true gem.

    Lisa

    Canada

  • John, July 12, 2015

    Loved it! Great location for walking around the city and getting to and from the airport on the FlyBus. Very unique. Perfect size for a family of four. Outstanding hospitality!

    John

    USA

  • Christine, October 15, 2014

    15.October.2014.
    “This cottage was beyond cozy, romantic and beautifully decorated. Margret was so warm and gracious…she greeted us with baked goods, filled the fridge for us as well as a basket full of fruit and a bottle of wine for our honeymoon! She even mapped places out for us. We were pleasantly surprised of how quiet and quaint this historic home was within walking distance to everything we could possibly need! The bedding was super comfortable we kept saying to each other we “don’t want to get out of this cloud!” =)
    We wished we would have stayed longer. Thank you Thank you Thank you! We cannot say enough…”

    Christine

  • Soley, August 13, 2014

    “We were amazed with the stunning atmosphere of the house and it felt so good to settle down in the intimate little living room after the rollercoaster we’d just had.”
    “The attention to detail is incredible and it has been furnished with such devotion and tenderness, that you can’t help but feel heavenly while staying here.”

    Nordic Style Magazine

    Soley

    Denmark

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