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House Swapping in Iceland
Photo: Páll Stefánsson.
Q: Our son is living in Reykjavík with his Icelandic partner. They have a one-year-old daughter who they are bringing up bi-lingual in Icelandic and English. My wife and I are planning to spend six months in Iceland in order to learn Icelandic ourselves. We need to find somewhere to live near the city center and would consider a house swap with anyone needing to spend time in the UK. Please can you advise me where best to find adverts for rental accommodation and where we might advertise a potential house-swap?
With thanks in anticipation,
A: One of my colleagues here in Reykjavík has arranged several house swaps via House Exchange and recommended them.
Three of the main websites with information on rental apartments in Reykjavík include Leigulistinn, Leiga.is and the small ad section on news website mbl.is under housing (“Húsnæði í bodi”). The real estate section on visir.is also has a rental section, but none of these websites are in English.
For information on renting in Iceland without a kennitala (social security number), read our post here.