Place to Read is our family retreat in Akureyri in the north of Iceland. It is the perfect place to unwind in beautiful surroundings. After a day of adventure there is nothing better than to come back to the house and to allow yourself the luxury of reading by the fire. There are endless opportunities for hiking, skiing, cycling, fishing, whale watching - or doing nothing at all. The house is the ideal base from which to explore the rest of the North. Lake Mývatn is an hour away. You could easily spend a week - or a month - exploring new things every day.
The house dates from 1859 and has been rebuilt piece-by-piece. It contains a large apartment with two bedrooms and two bathrooms on the main floor, and two private suites upstairs. That means you can stay with friends, or the kids can bring their friends and have some privacy. At the end of an adventurous day everyone can gather in the large kitchen and living room downstairs for a dinner. The apartments all have wood burning stoves. Other luxuries include a sauna, a hot tub and an outdoor shower.
The house is filled with our favourite books, including fiction, history, coffee-table books, children’s books, and magazines. The books are mainly in English, but there are also some in French, German, Arabic, Danish and Icelandic.
The house is located in the historic old part of Akureyri, a 10 minute beautiful walk to the main downtown area.
Akureyri is a town of 18.000 people and functions as the capital of the North of Iceland, with its own theatre, a symphony orchestra, several museums, and great restaurants. Akureyri is on The Guardian´s list of the top destinations to visit in 2018. It was voted by Lonely Planet as the best place to visit in Europe in 2015. The town and its surroundings offer endless activities.
The house sleeps 6-10 guests and is ideal for a family, or friends travelling together.
The two suites upstairs are self-contained with a separate entrance.
Minimum stay is 2 nights.