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What is the best site or way to find house rentals in Iceland?

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What is the best site or way to find house rentals in Iceland?

Q: What is the best site or way to find house rentals in Iceland? Long and short term?

Kim Bohon, Iceland (originally from Burleson, Texas, USA)

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A: As stated in the answer to a similar question in August 2011, the rental market in Reykjavík is not great and hasn’t improved much after the banking collapse as some people thought it might; the selection is sparse and available apartments sought after, especially in the city center and surrounding neighborhoods, and the price is rather high.

For example, a 102-square-meter apartment with two to three bedrooms in an apartment complex on Miklabraut, 105 Reykjavík, could be rented for ISK 160,000 (USD 1,400, EUR 971) monthly at the time, while a 60-square meter apartment with one bedroom in an apartment complex in the suburb Breiðholt, 111 Reykjavík, went for ISK 100,000 (USD 876, EUR 607) per month, as stated on leiga.is.

On leigulistinn.is, a 20-square meter studio apartment on Hátún in 105 Reykjavík was advertised for ISK 50,000 (USD 438, EUR 304) per month, while a 35-square-meter studio apartment on Laugavegur, the main shopping street in 101 Reykjavík, was rented for ISK 110,000 (USD 964, EUR 668) monthly.

The main three websites with information on rental apartments in Reykjavík are Leigulistinn, Leiga.is and the small ad section on news website mbl.is under housing (“Húsnæði í boði”), but none of these websites are in English.

For the first two websites you might be able to receive help via email: [email protected] and [email protected], but please note that on Leigulistinn you have to pay a small fee for using the website. In the ads on mbl.is telephone numbers and emails are usually included (if you’re calling from abroad, dial +354 first).

Rent tends to be lower outside the capital region and in smaller towns but not necessarily.

Click here for some further tips on finding rental apartments.

As for short-term rental accommodation, holiday apartments or cottages, there are a few websites you can check out.

In Reykjavík, there is cosyreykjavik.com, apartmenthouse.is and eyjasolibudir.is, for example, and in Akureyri in the north, gistingakureyri.is.

For summer houses around the country, viator.is and icelandicsummerhouses.com have a good selection.