A beautiful small cottage in the center city of Reykjavic, Vaktahouse is historically the home of the city’s watchman, who stayed awake during the night for the sake of the safety of the townspeople and also acted as fireman. Today, it is renovated and available for guests to rent. Every nook and cranny of this small cottage has been custom designed with special furnishings by its lovely owner Margret in order to make the best use of its small spaces. When we arrived, there was a beautiful spread of pastries from Sandholt Bakery with Icelandic butter and spicy chili jam. We were also taken on a driving tour of the city in the Citroen that comes with the rental of the house, which was so important for my future bike ride, otherwise I would never have known of the special bike path and hot springs along the edge of the water.