The Vakta House is a must-stay. It even blew away my Icelandic friends. It's location is impeccable (both positioning you in the convenience of being downtown, but not close enough to hear the late-night revelry). From arriving at the historic property, you may underestimate it's stature. It's a lovely building tucked back off the street; however, upon entering its largeness in personality, charm and space will transport you to another time. The kitchen has everything you need to feed your soul and the bedroom feels like a luxurious cabin with it's apex directly over the bed. The bed is amazingly comfortable, providing great rest for your Icelandic days. Overall, this is the perfect home for your Icelandic adventure. It is a great bonus to have the sporty car, for jaunts out to Þingvallavatn (which is where I went).
Enjoy your beautiful stay.
We truly loved our first visit to Iceland and Vakta House and Margret were a big part of our experience.
It is ideally situated close to downtown, easy walking distance to shopping, restaurants, harbour and more.
Margret was a pleasure to deal with and was always prompt at answering my questions.
The rental car is standard. I may have noticed when I booked, but had forgotten by the time we arrrived. Luckily, my husband can drive standard, but that could have been a big problem for me.
The space is small, but has everything you need and is absolutely charming. There is a small park with a swing set around the corner that our children visited every time we left the house.
Such a unique find for a wonderful Reykjavic visit!
The Vakta House is a perfectly positioned, quite tiny historic house just 5 minutes walk from the harbour and downtown Reykjavik. What the little wooden house lacks in stature, it more than makes up in both character and quality. The use of a clean little citroen provides additional benefit and making the offer very good value. Great support from Margret in planning our visit and in Oli providing local help during our stay.
Vakta House is a tastefully restored cottage that incorporates modern conveniences into an artfully updated historic home, formerly the residence of Reykavik's night watchman / lamplighter of a bygone era. It provided our family of four a snug, but very comfortable, sanctuary at the end of days spent exploring the city and its surrounding area. Vakta is quite literally only steps away from the heart of Reykjavik, including The Settlement Exhibition (just around the corner) and National Museum of Iceland (very well curated), cafes and restaurants, and the main shopping street, Laugavegur. Despite its proximity to the city center, it was utterly quiet at night, allowing us to rest undisturbed under the lofty down comforters on each bed. Vakta is on the same street as several embassies, and we felt perfectly safe walking about at night. If that isn't enough, and it should be, the cottage provides the use of a virtually brand new Citroën (manual transmission), included in the price of the stay. That enabled us to do the obligatory (and quite worthwhile) Golden Circle tour on our own schedule, one day, and to have a seaside lunch in Stokkseyri (about 40 kms away) before going to the Blue Lagoon, on another day. Last, but certainly not least, our engaging hostess, Margrét, who is Vakta House's proprietor, had pastries, juice, and fresh fruit waiting for us when we arrived early on the first morning. Margrét also was a source of helpful information and recommendations on sights to see, as well as directions to the geothermally-heated local public pool, which is another essentially Icelandic experience. We all have her to thank for saving Vakta from possibly being demolished, as it apparently had fallen into disrepair under municipal ownership, and lovingly restoring it to its current immaculate and welcoming condition. We stayed at there on April 7-10, 2017, and highly recommend Vakta House.
Stayed here for 2 nights, on a stop over to NYC. Once met by the lovely lady who owns this gorgeous little cottage, and after a quick run through all we needed to know, we were left to our own devices in this perfectly formed cottage.. Having the car meant that anywhere within Iceland was in our reach, and added tremendous value to our stay.
We ate in the cottage and found everything we could possibly need to ensure our meals were exactly how we wanted the,. It was as if every possibly eventuality was catered for. Bed time was just as lovely in the eaves of the cosy roof, allowing for a very cosy (not cramped) sleeping experience! Just remember to wake up carefully to ensure no banged heads!
Lovely location as well, allowing the city centre to be in striking distance, making this a great base to explore both on foot, and by car.
We stayed in the Vakta house in August 2016. It is quite small, but adorable, & there is plenty of room for a family of four. There is a double bed in the loft for a couple, and two smaller bed nooks for the kids. It's very cozy. When we arrived at midnight, Margret had provided pasties, coffee, milk & a bottle of wine. This was so nice to arrive to, and so appreciated!
The location is very close to all of the sights downtown, and it's just a few minutes walk to the old harbor area where the boat tours are. A 10 minute walk takes you to the nearest swimming pool, which my 10-year old son loved.
The car is a great benefit & is good for traveling the local area on paved roads.
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This place CANNOT be beat for comfort, character, convenience or value. The villa is incredibly cute and well equipped--three sleeping enclaves will accommodate a couple and two singles. It is located one block from the central square, a 2 minute walk from the Flybus stop to and from the airport. Olafur had stocked the pantry and fridge for our arrival, laying in skyr, pastries, bread, milk, fruit, cereal, beer and wine- and giving us an incredibly hospitable reception. The car alone is worth the price: free, insured, and entirely at your disposal for touring. A WONDERFUL PLACE!!! I would return in a heartbeat!!! The one caveat are the steep circular steps to the sleeping loft. If you can handle those, this is THE PLACE to stay in Reykjavik!!