The SpaceWe are renting out our little jewel of a cottage only 35 minutes from Reykjavík in a beautiful valley in the remarkable Hvalfjordur (Whale Fjord). It is a charming house with a large and well grown garden including a football field, a kid’s playground with swings, sandbox and a slide as well as a balcony accessible from the living room overlooking the garden.
The cottage is a family/business project that we renovated to enjoy for ourselves as well as rent out to friendly guests. The interior is designed and decorated by ourselves and our main focus of influence was comfort, charm and cosiness.
The house is the perfect getaway for couples, families and a group of friends while the capital and a number of tourist attractions, including the Golden Circle, is only minutes away. The valley where the cottage lies includes beautiful walkways and it seems like the perfect location to shoot some episodes of “The Game of Thrones” with its mountain hugging landscape.
Upon entry welcoming you is a pleasant little hallway with a chair, hangers for outerwear as well as a shoe rack. A large mirror makes the area seem more spacious and it is well lit with an old style light fitting and behind the entry door you will find the staircase to the loft. A lovely little bathroom is on your left with a shower, soaps, towels and all amenities.
Right across the front door you will find the main bedroom which is furnished and decorated in light and soft tones. The queen size bed is covered with loads of cushions, a warm throw and a lamp but this space is perfect to relax and catch up on a little book read. It has a large cabinet for storage and a rack for the bed cover and throws.
Next door we have the second bedroom decorated in darker tones of blacks, greys and greens. It is a very relaxing space and the 120cm bed is a comfortable hangout with all its cushions, throws and bedcovers (see the comfort theme here?) This room is softly lid with lamps creating a relaxed and cosy lighting. A storage in the form of a dresser as well as a rack of hangers plus a bracket for the bed cover. Behind the door you will find a full size mirror and a chair for those loads of pillows.
The open kitchen, living, dining family room is combined in one open space with a fireplace, a flat screen TV with a DVD player (and loads of DVD movies at site), Internet access point and a Radio with auxilary input for iPod etc. We also have some board games, deck of cards and puzzles for guests to use at will.
The corner sofa is made up of a single bed and is fully functioning as such with removable cushions. Across the sofabed is a comfy chair making the living room a wonderful space around the fireplace to enjoy a relaxed time. The dining table is surrounded with 5 chairs and a bench fitting in total 8-9 people in front of a buffet filled with glasses, dishes, tea lights etc.
An open fully equipped kitchen meets the hallway with a refrigerator/freezer, oven with ceramic stoves, a dishwasher, toaster, pots and pans, kitchenware for around 8-10 a shelve with spices and a few other things for cooking that guests are welcome to use as well as a drawer with foils, bags etc., Good storage space is in the form of closed cabinets as well as open shelving.
We get major pleasure out of serving food on attractive trays so a variety of plates and saucers are here to be used. We do love our coffee so the kitchen includes a coffeemaker as well as a French press. Of course we also have a water boiler and a variety of tea and hot chocolate powder. On the balcony you will find a BBQ and we encourage you to enjoy the stay, eat loads and have a swell time: That’s what a vacation is for anyways, right? ;)
The staircase is behind the main entry door leading to the sloping loft which has half ceiling height. The loft is a favourite space for many whereas it is so very cosy and hugging. Here you will find the third double bed of queen size with a little window overlooking the valley, matching cushions and throws of course. The loft also has another single bed, perfect for one adult or a teenager that doubles as a hang about “sofa” in front of a second TV with a DVD player. In the storage below the TV/DVD you can also find a variety of books in Icelandic and some in English. The storage next to the bed on the loft holds extra bedding.
A travel crib with a fitted sheet, an infant sized down pillow and comforter with covers, and a soft blanket can be sorted for guests, simply state you have an infant or a toddler before arrival and we will sort that out for you.
Fire extinguisher, first-aid kit, vacuum cleaner, mop, rugs and a small hairdryer are available.
Soaps, shampoo, conditioner, shower soap, hand moisturizer, washing liquid, dishwasher detergent and cleaning supplies are available for guests. Guest AccessThe whole cottage is accessible by our guests, but we do have a little storage shack in the garden for gardening tools and work equipment which is locked.
On the side of that shack you can find an open shelving storage filled with extra fire wood which you can of course use for the fire place, and we encourage you to use the fire place for the full cottage experience! :) Interaction with GuestsWe live in the city but can always be reached by phone, text messages and email with anything that comes up, questions and concerns.
A mobile phone is used to open the gate. Hosts provide it as well as further information. We have a designer store in the city centre on the main shopping street, Laugavegur 40, in Reykjavík called Systur & Makar where you can pick up and leave the keys and phone. We will decide this through AIRBNB messenger for the best comfort of all parties.
If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us, we are happy to help with any planning you have for your holiday and will do our best to make your stay in Iceland as memorable as possible! The NeighborhoodThe cottage is located in a clean, safe and quiet gated cottage area with around 100 cottages, each having approx. a hectare of land around it.
The cottage area is in a beautiful valley (Eilifsdalur = Eternal Valley) with small family farms, large mountains, waterfalls, rivers, creeks and a number of hiking opportunities.
The last 7 km, after you turn into Middalur, is a gravel road so please drive carefully. We will also be in contact if we see you need a 4WD that is essential when we have snow and slippery roads, we will let you know ahead of time it that is necessary.
The cottage has a private parking area with gravel for 2-3 cars.
The fjord (Hvalfjordur/Whale Fjord) is spectacular and is only a few minutes drive from the area.
Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, is only a 30 min drive (city limit); 45 min to the city centre.
Keflavik, the International Airport, 70-80 min drive (89 km).
A small store called Kaffi Kjos - open during weekends in Apr-May and every day during the summer - is in the next valley (East) by Medalsfellsvatn, a 10 min drive.
Medalfellsvatn is a beautiful lake with trout and salmon where the public can fish for a small fee.
The closest gas station and a small convenience store (Kjalarnes), a 15 min drive towards Reykjavik. The closest (heated) swimming pool - not fancy.
The closest large supermarket/town (Mosfellsbaer), a 25 min drive (towards Reykjavik) with e.g. a fantastic heated outdoor swimming pool with three slides, several hot tubs and more.
One of the most famous salmon rivers in Iceland, Laxa i Kjos, a 10 min drive (East).
The tallest waterfall in Iceland, Glymur, a 20 min drive plus approx. 20 min walk (in the bottom of the fjord). A famous hike trail (Leggjabrjotur) starts there (22,51 km / approx. 3 hours).
The national park, Thingvellir (a part of the "Golden Circle"), a 40 min drive.
For additional information we do have restaurant recommendations for Reykjavík City centre and a little brochure can be found at the cottage to use at your convenience. Getting AroundA car is needed. No public transportation. During the winter a 4-wheeler / CUV on winter tires is strongly recommended. Other Things to NoteSpectacular Northern Lights (aurora Borealis) can be seen frequently during winter (or after it gets dark at night).