Somewhere to call home

Kitchen in Mosfellsbær

We have an apartment!

After a whirlwind weekend of apartment hunting we somehow managed to get extremely lucky. We traveled to pretty much every corner of Reykjavík and its neighboring municipalities and saw so many places my head is a blur. By far the most impressive unit was in Mosfellsbær, one of the furthest areas from downtown and one of our top picks. It’s the garden town of the capital area and it didn’t disappoint. But first, let me tell you about the apartment.

It’s a whopping 135 square meters, or over 1430 square feet, which is just enormous for a place in this city. It’s got three bedrooms, a living room, kitchen with island, big bathroom, big washroom, and an extra hallway-nook-office thing. There’s plenty of storage in the basement and a private garage (not that we have a car). We’re on the first floor and have a little patio garden, and the building is literally across the street from Wit’s school. How amazing is that?

The entire area is overrun by new construction. We couldn’t count the number of apartment buildings going up, and from what we hear that’s been the case for the last few years.

After seeing the apartment we walked down the hill to Álafoss, the birth place of the Icelandic wool industry. It’s a beautiful little corner spot with a knife maker and wool shop. It’s basically heaven for Leah. Continuing down the trails brought us through a garden setting and nature walk, past playgrounds, and eventually a sports complex and pool. We trudged up a hill and found ourselves in the heart of Mosfellbær. It’s definitely walkable, but when we’re lazy or the weather is bad the bus service in the area is still really good.

Mosfellsbær is surrounded by mountains and hills ripe for hiking. There’s trails everywhere, horse riding nearby, and it’s a hop, skip, and a jump from the sea. It should provide a great backdrop for the next few years.

I’ll have my rental agreement in hand in the next day or two and we’ll be able to move our things in sometime next week. It’s just in time since the container is getting on the boat this weekend.

Next up, Leah’s immigration paperwork, Wit’s school, and…

Who knows‽