Reykjavik - Post Report Question and Answers
What is your housing like? What are typical housing sizes, locations, and commute times for expatriates?
Most housing is in the inner suburbs, townhomes or single family homes for families. About a 10-15 minute commute. Many singles are in downtown apartments. Housing appliances are usual small European standards with some design quirks. In general, housing is good with at least some outdoor space for families. The tourism decline has freed up some housing that had been used as AirBnB rentals. - Sep 2021
Very good. Housing for families and people with pets are similar to US homes. Generally they have open floor plans, modern kitchens, and attached garages. Apartments have great views and are walking distance to the embassy. The longest commute is about 10 km though most are shorter. All homes are well-built and warm. - Nov 2017
The usual drill: apartments in town, and stand-alone houses a bit further out. Commuting isn't really an issue for a city this size. - Jun 2015
Some folks live in apartments downtown, within walking distance to the Embassy, others live in single family houses in the suburbs. The commute never is more than 20 minutes, and that's if you are living farther away. - Feb 2013
Housing is a mix of apartments and houses and are standard sizes for Europe. Housing has either two or three bedrooms, usually one full bath and another half bath. If you live downtown you can walk to the embassy (15-20 minute walk depending on where you live).Even in the suburbs the commute is not long - expect about a 15 minute commute at most. - Jul 2011