“A trio of beautiful apartments for 2-4 close to shopping and sights; expect Nordic cool and a warm welcome”
The 2 apartments and House share a cool colour palette which spans slate, moss and misty blue, reflecting the elemental nature of Iceland outside the door. Yet with so many creature comforts inside - geothermal-powered underfloor heating, blissful bedding, comfy sofas and armchairs - it could be hard to venture out to explore.
We stayed in the largest option, the House, which has 2 bedrooms (the second can be configured as a double or twin) and an additional laundry room - ideal for families. In the main building are the other 2 units. Ground-floor Apartment 1 has smart painted wood panelling in its 2 bedrooms, which can also be set up as a double and twin. Bijou one-bedroom Apartment 2, accessed via external stairs, is perfect for a couple.
Bathrooms have snazzy Italian tiles (Gunnar and Halla Bara used to live in Milan), underfloor heating and walk-in power showers. Apartment 1 also has a bath.
Both larger units have sleek new kitchens. That for Apartment 1 comes in smoky cornflower and sits in its own room (dine in the living room at the table for 4), whereas the House's L-shaped charcoal version is found within its open-plan living/dining space, alongside a table and chairs for 6. Apartment 2 has a kitchenette in pale Nordic blue in the living room, with a table for 2 along the feature wall.
All have light grey marble worktops, with open shelves above and cupboards below. Expect proper coffee makers, all required appliances, utensils, crockery and saucepans. Fridges will contain Icelandic skyr, milk and jam on arrival; salt, pepper, oil, coffee and tea are also supplied.
There's a supermarket and bakery close by for supplies, and cafés and restaurants mere minutes away if you prefer to eat out after a hard day's sightseeing - Gunnar and Halla Bara recommend Snaps and Fridrik V.
Iceland is an excitingly surreal playground for adults and children alike. Reykjavik is an easy city for families to navigate as it is small, the main shopping streets are pedestrianised, and there are playgrounds at every turn.
Families will be comfortably housed at these apartments. Gunnar and Halla Bara have 2 daughters and are very welcoming to children.
All apartments can take a baby cot. Both Apartment 1 and the House have second bedrooms which can be set up as twin rooms, and are on the ground floor which is handy for the small garden area. Apartment 1 has a tub as well as a shower in its bathroom. The House has a useful laundry room but only a shower in its bathroom.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
There are cafés and restaurants nearby. Gunnar and Halla Bara suggest Hornid and Italia for families.
Toys, books and games can be provided on request.
You're in a city, and even in cute Reykjavik there is some traffic to look out for!