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Set in a preserved historic house, this accommodation is located in the old town and is a 13-minute walk of Hallgrímskirkja Church in Reykjavík. Free private parking and free WiFi are available on site. At House of the Snowbird each apartment has a fully equipped kitchen with dining area, oven and a fridge. A toaster and kettle are also included. Restaurants and museums can be found within walking distance. The Pearl is 2.5 km from House of the Snowbird, while Reykjavik Old Harbour is 200 metres from the property. The nearest airport is Reykjavík Domestic Airport, 2 km from the accommodation.

Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 10.0 for a two-person trip.

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Property highlights

Situated in the real heart of Reykjavík, this property has an excellent location score of 9.9

Free private parking available on-site

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Guest reviews


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Free WiFi
High score for Reykjavík
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  • Chris
    United Kingdom United Kingdom
    Fabulously authentic - full of charm, warmth and character. Brilliant location near great cafes & bars. Loved it. Above a gorgeous little shop with lots of beautiful crafts - we adore our coffee table tiny vase.
  • Kieron
    United Kingdom United Kingdom
    Perfect location. Elsa was so kind and welcoming . Everything is within such a short walk.
  • Scott
    United Kingdom United Kingdom
    House of the Snowbird is superbly located close to the centre of Reykjavik in the oldest part of town and comes with it's own parking (which is very handy). Though we didn't really use them the kitchen facilities looked superb, there is lots of...
Quality rating rated the quality of this property as 4 out of 5 based on factors such as facilities, size, location and services provided.

Hosted by Elsa Björg Magnúsdóttir

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Elsa Björg Magnúsdóttir
Located in the old town of Reykjavik, this iconic house was built the year 1898 by the beloved Icelandic poet Einar Ben. The house was is imported by ship from Norway and one can see signs of that here and there in the house, such as markings on the beams. The house is owned by a family of artists who have left their mark on its every detail. The interior style is an interesting fusion of old Scandinavia and raw modern art. The house is filled with artwork, paintings, photographs and ceramics by its owners which make it totally unique.
I have a masters degree in philosophy and teaching. I am quite a seasoned traveler, speak several languages and have lived in a few other countries than Iceland. Currently I work closely with my mother in her art studio and freelance as a photographer. These particular days, though, I spend with my newborn son and enjoy life as a mother of two living in a beautiful architectural house in Reykjavík city. One of the main themes in my life is to explore and discover, to broaden my mind and experience as much as I can. It is my belief that nothing deepens us more as human beings than various experiences to reflect upon.
The location is fantastic, with a view over the streets of the old town, surrounded by museums, galleries, cafés, restaurants and the old harbour. If you are into the unusual and want to experience an artistic side of Reykjavík, then this is your place. This is one of Reykjavík's oldest wooden houses and is located so centrally that there may be some noises from the city's street life.
Languages spoken: Danish,English,Icelandic,Italian

Property surroundings

Facilities of House of the Snowbird
Great facilities! Review score, 9.8

Most popular facilities
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Family rooms
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Heating
Free private parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed).
  • Parking garage
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
  • Dining table
  • Cleaning products
  • Toaster
  • Stovetop
  • Oven
  • Kitchenware
  • Electric kettle
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Linen
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Bath or shower
  • Private bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Free toiletries
  • Bathrobe
  • Hairdryer
  • Shower
Living Area
  • Dining area
  • Sofa
  • Seating Area
Media & Technology
  • Streaming service (like Netflix)
  • Flat-screen TV
  • TV
Room Amenities
  • Socket near the bed
  • Drying rack for clothing
  • Clothes rack
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Hardwood or parquet floors
  • Tile/marble floor
  • Private entrance
  • Ironing facilities
  • Iron
  • Upper floors accessible by stairs only
Food & Drink
  • Tea/Coffee maker
  • Temporary art galleries
  • Bowling
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Hiking
  • Fishing
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Golf course (within 3 km)
    Additional charge
Outdoor & View
  • Inner courtyard view
  • City view
  • Landmark view
  • Garden view
  • View
Building characteristics
  • Private apartment in building
  • Detached
Reception services
  • Private check-in/check-out
  • Express check-in/check-out
  • Non-smoking throughout
  • Allergy-free room
  • Heating
  • Family rooms
  • Non-smoking rooms
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Smoke alarms
  • Key access
Languages spoken
  • Danish
  • English
  • Icelandic
  • Italian

House rules

House of the Snowbird takes special requests - add in the next step!


From 15:00 to 23:00

You'll need to let the property know in advance what time you'll arrive.


Until 11:00



Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to apartment type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check the conditions of your required room.

Children and beds

Child policies

Children of any age are welcome.

Children 3 years and above will be charged as adults at this property.

To see correct prices and occupancy information, please add the number of children in your group and their ages to your search.

Cot and extra bed policies

Cots and extra beds are not available at this property.

Age restriction

The minimum age for check-in is 18

Maestro Mastercard Visa UnionPay credit card Discover JCB Cash is not accepted House of the Snowbird accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.


Smoking is not allowed.


Parties/events are not allowed

Quiet hours

Guests must be quiet between 23:00 and 07:00.


Pets are not allowed.

The fine print
Need-to-know information for guests at this property

Please inform House of the Snowbird in advance of your expected arrival time. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly with the contact details provided in your confirmation.

This property will not accommodate hen, stag or similar parties.

Quiet hours are between 23:00:00 and 07:00:00.

In accordance with government guidelines to minimise transmission of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), this property may request additional documentation from guests to validate identity, travel itinerary and other relevant information, during dates where such guidelines exist.

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), please ensure that you are only booking this property following the local government guidelines of the destination, including but not limited to the purpose of travel, and maximum allowed group size.

FAQs about House of the Snowbird

  • House of the Snowbird is 250 yards from the centre of Reykjavík. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

  • Check-in at House of the Snowbird is from 15:00, and check-out is until 11:00.

  • House of the Snowbird has the following number of bedrooms:

    • 1 bedroom

    For more detailed information, please check the accommodation option(s) breakdown on this page.

  • The prices at House of the Snowbird may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates you select, hotel's policy etc.). See the prices by entering your dates.

  • Yes, House of the Snowbird is popular with guests booking family stays.

  • House of the Snowbird can accommodate the following group size:

    • 2 guests

    For more detailed information, please check the accommodation option(s) breakdown on this page.

  • House of the Snowbird offers the following activities / services (charges may apply):

    • Hiking
    • Bowling
    • Fishing
    • Golf course (within 3 km)
    • Temporary art galleries