Reykjavik Guesthouse: Rent a Bike

Jóhann is a thirty year old man suffering from depression after the sudden death of his father, his sole companion. He runs a small guesthouse in downtown Reykjavik and is facing bankruptcy as a result of him refusing to admit any guests. He has made the small house in the small city his own private little universe, where he doesn’t have to face up to the rest of the world or interact with his fellow citizens. Into this isolated existence wanders a nine year old boy, Finnur, who is every bit as offbeat as Jóhann. He is bullied by his classmates and leads a sad life with his alcoholic grandmother. Their friendship develops as the foundations of their separate lives start to collapse and Jóhann has to re-evaluate the existence he has chosen for himself. Reykjavík Guesthouse is a story about individuals and their fears. A story about the futile attempts to make time stand still as its pace increases. Last but not least, it’s a story of friendship where you least expect to find it.

About the film

  • Type
    Feature Film
  • National Premiere Date
    March 25, 2002
  • Genre
  • Length
    78 min.
  • Language
  • Original Title
    Reykjavík Guesthouse: Rent a Bike
  • International Title
    Reykjavik Guesthouse: Rent a Bike
  • Production Year
  • Production Countries
  • IMDB
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant
  • Aspect Ratio
  • Color
  • Sound
  • Screening format and subtitles
    SP Betacam w/English subtitles.

Company Credits


  • 2002
    Montréal World Film Festival Canada
  • 2002
    Filmvergband Sachsen Germany
  • 2002
    Edduverðlaunin / Edda Awards - Award: Nominated for Actor of the Year in a Leading Role (Hilmir Snaer Gudnason).


  • Sam-myndbönd, 2002 - VHS