Airbnb Guidelines

Besides other regular lodging choices like hotels and hostels, you can also consider renting a room or an apartment from Airnbnb. There are numbers of lodging listings on this website that can be rented during the conference time in Reykjavík, Iceland. The range varies from a bunk bed in mixed dormitories to luxury downtown apartments.

Airbnb is an online marketplace and hospitality service, enabling people to lease or rent short-term lodging including vacation rentals, apartment rentals, home-stays, hostel beds, or hotel rooms. Aribnb connects people looking to rent their homes with people who are looking for accommodations. Airbnb can be accessed via either the Airbnb websites or mobile applications for iOS, Apple Watch, and Android. Registration and account creation is free. Users can search for lodging using a variety of filters including lodging type, dates, location, and price. Travelers can often stay for less than the cost of a hotel room. 


For more info, make sure to read this blog post. Airbnb’s FAQ page can also help you find answers to some concerns including safety tips.

    • Please pay attention to the location of your place and the means of transportation to the University of Iceland.

University of Iceland’s address: Sæmundargata 2, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland 


  • There are fees that are usually included in your payment.
    • Guests pay a 6%-12% service charge when they book a room.
    • Hosts can add a one-time Cleaning Fee and a security deposit charge to the overall cost of rent. The cleaning fee is part of the reservation total and is not returned to guests at the end of the reservation.
    • Value Added Tax (VAT) is also calculated into the service fee for EU countries (including Iceland) as well as some non-EU countries, and this amount can be affected by any modifications that are made to the reservation.
    • Airbnb charges a 3% conversion fee if the host’s location uses a different currency, so double check which currencies the host will accept before booking.
    • Hosts can include an extra guest fee in their listing. When renting a room, please note the policies related to guests and number of people who can stay there.
  • Please note that you cannot pay in cash. Airbnb only accepts transactions through its site.

Tips on Using Airbnb

If you are unfamiliar with Airbnb please see some tips below sent in by Society members who have used Airbnb in multiple locations. Airbnb is a great option in Iceland, please do your research to see if it works for you.

  •  "Making an Airbnb reservation is not like reserving a hotel room. You must connect with the host first to decide. Only then can you conclude the reservation."
  • "An Airbnb host can cancel the reservation, and in that case, you would get your money back."
  • "Airbnb cancellation policies are complicated and vary from place to place."
  • "It is worthwhile to check the Reykjavik Airbnb website regularly."

Important note: The System Dynamics Society/Conference Organizing Team have a relationship with the hostels and hotels listed on the accommodations page. We do not have any relationship with Airbnb; we advise you to carefully review all Terms & Policies listed on the Airbnb website.