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Luxury cottage by the Lake in the Golden Circle, Amazing Lake and Mountain Views

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,237 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights


About the property

By the lake, 3 bedrooms, Hot tub, and amazing panoramic mountain and lake views

A newly build cottage less than an hour drive from exciting Reykjavik. The cottage is located high up in a hill, It has a magnificent view of the lake and surrounding mountains. 3 Separate bedrooms, Comfortable hot tub available for use all year around, Free high speed WiFi, 24 hour check in. The cottage is perfectly located to explore everything South Iceland has to offer. If you want to experience Iceland's clean and pure nature at it's best then this is the cottage for you with with it's magical views that are hard to beat.

Detailed description :

The cottage is located by the lake Úlfljótsvatn which is next to Thingvellir national park. Also close to other famous landmarks such as Gullfoss and Geysir and more. The cottage is 115m2 and three stories high. On the main floor there is a fully-equipped kitchen with a fridge/freezer, microwave, toast, oven/stove, with a dining area next to the kitchen seating up to 8. And a bathroom with a shower . Up in the sleeping loft there are 2 separate bedrooms with one queen size tempur memory foam bed and one king size bed / 2 single beds. There is one bedroom in the basement with a queen size tempur memory foam bed. In the basement there is also a hobby room with a sky satellite TV and a good stereo/home theater its a comfortable sofa area for relaxing, watching a movie, or listening to music on the TV, DVD and CD player. Also there is storage room in the basement with a thermostat for the hot tub.  Around the cottage there is a 100 m2 porch with a BBQ and a hot tub.

The house is built very high up on a hill with a magnificent view of the lake and surrounding mountains, so I recommend 4x4 car specially during winter but if not there is also possibility to park in the driveway and walk up to the house, instead you get these stunning panoramic mountain views it is also amazing to see the northern lights / aurora from there. The view is truly amazing!! The cottage is newly built so all the equipment are new.

More Details

Hrafn Gudmundsson
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
27 April, 2017

About Hrafn Gudmundsson

My name is Hrafn and on the picture with me is my girlfriend Þórunn. I am 30 and she is 28 years old from Iceland the only family member who isn't in the picture is our little daughter Elma Lind 2 years old she also loves staying with us at the cottage. :)

We live in Reykjavík city. We own the house Brekkur by the lake Úlfjótsvatn,

We love staying there and so do our friends and family so we decided to put it

on Holiday rentals and offer it for rent for other people to enjoy to.

I´ll be happy to assist you in any way I can and help you to make your stay as pleasant as possible.

Hrafn Gudmundsson purchased this cottage in 2010

Why Hrafn Gudmundsson chose Iceland

We had already built the house and were looking for a place to put it on. We had been looking everywhere, but we had few very important tips to remember we wanted good location not far from our home in Reykjavík. And also the views we thought it would be so nice to wake up in this place with these view over the lake and surrounding mountains, hear the wild bird life during summer have the morning sun shining until the evening without anything blocking it and during winter having the strong northern lights with no light pollution like in Reykjavík. So we ended up finding this place and we are so happy we did cause we love staying there with our friends and family. So we decided to offer it for rent for others to enjoy to.

What makes this cottage unique

The location is perfect and the view is even better its not far away from Reykjavík (45 min away). Really close to all the major attractions south Iceland has to offer with lots of things to see and do. Then the town Selfoss is only within 20 minutes away where you can find every kind of service needed. So while your enjoying the nature at its best you can easily get every service needed from short distance.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage on South on Iceland

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1237 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 / In the loft - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 / In the loft - 2 Single Bed , (90x200) That can be joined together to a king size(180x200)
    Bedroom 3 / First floor. - 1 Large Double Bed
  • We also have baby cots and highchairs
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Deck Furniture
  • Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 deck chairs
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
If there is anything which isn’t listed above or anything you need to have to enjoy your stay just ask me and I´ll be happy to assist you in any way I can to make your stay as pleasant as possible.. There is no smoking allowed inside the house.

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website:


Exceptional! 5/5 -
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Luxury cottage by the Lake in the Golden Circle, Amazing Lake and Mountain Views
average rating of 5.0 based on 33 reviews
Somerset, UK

Great property in a great location

  • 5 of 5

Hrafn was a great host, he explained everything clearly and made sure we were happy before he left. The location was great as it is in the middle of the Golden Circle.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 28, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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The perfect location for adventuring

  • 5 of 5

This cottage is located right in the Golden Circle, making it the perfect place for a home base if you're planning to see all the natural wonders. The hot tub is certainly a wonderful plus, and the amenities made you feel right at home. This might not be the place for you if you want more of a nightlife, as the closest town is about 20 minutes away. However, its location means your views are wonderful, and even driving to and from the cottage is a chance to take in Iceland's landscape. For our future Icelandic stays, I'd only want to stay here.

Hrafn is one of the best hosts I've ever encountered. Take his recommendations to heart— we found that the best times we had in Iceland were things that he had suggested.

Looking forward to another Icelandic adventure soon!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Kate. Thanks for your great review, so glad to hear that you had such a great time and that our recommendations were one of the best moments of your trip. Ever since the first guests arrived in late 2012 we have tried to collect what were the must see and do for each visit and then put it in a text document and then we share it with our future guests which seems to be really helpful. :) You are more then welcome to stay again in your next Iceland trip we look forward to it. Best regards Hrafn & Þórunn
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Simply Wonderful!!!

  • 5 of 5

I cannot say enough good things about our stay at the cottage and its owner, Hrafn. My wife and I took a week-long trip to Iceland from the US and decided to rent this cottage as our home for the week. For our trip we rented a car and traveled to different points of Iceland each day. This cottage was an ideal location to do so. Our day trips included: 1) the Golden Circle; 2) Reykjavik; 3) Snæfellsnes peninsula; 4) Reykjanes peninsula; and 5) Vik and the Eyjafjallajokull glacier. This cottage is ideally located to travel to any and all of these for a day trip.

As for the cottage itself, it is clean, modern and very comfortable. The modern amenities include everything you need for a very nice, comfortable stay. My wife and I debate whether the best part of the cottage was the hot tub or the memory foam mattresses. I have never slept better in my life than at this cottage thanks to the Tempur-Pedic mattress and that was a very nice surprise. Watching the Northern Nights from the hot tub was also a phenomenal experience.

Hrafn, the owner, was also very helpful, responsive, and could not have been better -- from our very first contact with him in renting the cottage through our arrival home. We also rented a car for the week directly through Hrafn and that made our experience so much easier.

We highly recommend this cottage to anyone. We stayed with a family of five, including a 3-yr old and a 14 yr old. This cottage is suited for a family of any size or ages (my older two kids loved the wifi as it allowed them to text their friends at night without international data charges).

Thank you Hrafn!!!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Patrick, Angela & family Thanks for this great review it was nice having you as our guests. So glad that you were able to see the northern lights in August which is a real treat since they usually dont show up that early. :) Thanks for choosing our cottage and our car rental for your stay and for taking so good care of both cottage & car. :) Best regards Hrafn & Þórunn
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Fantastic home from home with stunning views

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing 5 nights at this lovely house in April. Good location for visiting many attractions and stunning views from the house. Hfran was very helpful when booking and whilst we were in Iceland. The house is immaculate and is a home from home with everything you could need whilst away. Highlights are too many to list. We did see the Northern lights on the last night of our trip whilst sitting on the deck.

Thank you so much for letting us stay in your lovely house.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Taylor family. It was nice having you as our guests, thanks for choosing our cottage for your stay and for the great review. :) Best regards Hrafn & Þórunn
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Wonderful house for exploring South Iceland

  • 5 of 5

We choose this cottage after reading all the wonderful reviews from previous visitors. As soon as I contacted Hfrain nothing was too much trouble for him, he answered all our questions promptly and even helped us hire a suitable 4x4 vehicle. The house is very comfortable and even nicer than the pictures show although it is quite remote especially in the snow.

We arrived a bit early on the Saturday having spent a couple of days in Reykavik which was great. Hfrain was at the cottage and showed us around and we left our luggage before going and getting our shopping for the week in Selfoss (about 20 minute drive away).

We made full use of the hot tub on the deck and we're lucky one night to see the Northern Lights which made my husbands holiday complete.

The cottage is squeaky clean and very comfortable with enough space for 6 people as advertised so for two it was great. There is a huge TV in the den and after a long day sightseeing it was a great place to chill out in with G&T. Oh on the alcohol front if you enjoy a drink bring some with you it is very expensive in Iceland and can only be purchased in Government off licence shop!!!!!

Hfrain kept in touch with us during the week to advise us of prevailing weather conditions and on one day we stayed in enjoying the peace and the view. Sitting on the deck in the morning looking at that view will stay with me for a long time and then in the evening looking at stars waiting to see if lights will make an appearance from the tub amazing.

The kitchen had everything you need for a self catering holiday and as we love to cook that is important for us. Previous visitors have left basic food stuff like pasta and oil and that was great although I have to admit Hfrain I did reorganise cupboards one day! Sorry!

I would highly recommend this cottage to visitors who are like to independent it is clean, comfortable and very good value for money. Thank you Hfrain for sharing your lovely home with us we had a wonderful relaxing holiday in Iceland.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Karen & Keith Thanks for your great review, it was nice having you as our guests. :) Best regards Hrafn & Þórunn
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Luxury cottage by the Lake in the Golden Circle

  • 5 of 5

- jedes Wort dieser Beschreibung ist korrekt, und auch der weitere Text und die Fotos auf der Internetseite sagen oder zeigen etwas, was übertrieben oder geschönt wäre. Kurz: ein (für uns beide) äußerst großzügiges, sehr gut und geschmackvoll eingerichtetes Haus inmitten schöner Natur - gemütlich (vielleicht im Winter noch wichtiger als im Sommer), mit einer komplett ausgestatteten Küche und einem geradezu riesigen Fernseh- (deutsche Programme haben wir nicht gefunden) bzw. DVD-Raum.

Das Cottage liegt so, dass auch an den kurzen Wintertagen die Highlights des Südwestens gut zu erreichen sind (Gull-, Skoga-, Seljalandsfoss, Wärmekraftwerk Hellisheidi, Thingvellir, Geysir, Skalholt, Akranes, Secret Lagoon [sehr zu empfehlen, "natürlicher", weniger überlaufen und preiswerter als die Blaue Lagune in der Hauptstadt] - Reykholt ist etwas weit). Einkaufen: große Supermärkte mit allem Notwendigen in Mosfellsbaer und Selfoss; ein neues Restaurant nur wenige Kilometer entfernt: Hotel Grimsborgir an der Straße nach Selfoss, wesentlich näher als das Restaurant Lindin in Laugarvatn, das auf unsere von Deutschland aus gemailte Reservierungsanfrage nicht reagierte und überdies Anfang Januar geschlossen hatte).

Das Wichtigste zum Schluss: Hrafn ist nicht nur der Vermieter des Ferienhauses, sondern auch Inhaber einer Autovermietung, über die wir "natürlich" einen Wagen angemietet hatten - ein Fahrzeug ist unerlässlich. Übernahme und Abgabe unseres Jeeps waren so unkompliziert ("Das sind die Schlüssel, der ist fürs Auto, der für das Haus, der für das Gatter an der Straße. Im GPS habe ich die Adresse des Hauses einprogrammiert, Ihr braucht nur den Anweisungen zu folgen. Es liegt sehr viel Schnee [es war sehr - sehr - sehr viel Schnee !]), ich gebe Euch deswegen einen größeren Jeep [ohne Aufpreis !]. Wenn Ihr Fragen habt, ruft mich an oder mailt mir.") - und das war alles. Auch fand am Ende unseres Aufenthalts keine formelle Übergabe statt; uns wurde vertraut, dass wir nicht wie die Vandalen gehaust hatten. Das haben wir schon ganz anders erlebt.

Natürlich hatten wir, im Haus angekommen, Fragen - v.a. zum Betrieb und zur Funktion einiger Geräte (Fernseher, Backofen, WLAN), und die entsprechenden Erläuterungen könnten etwas ausführlicher sein (dass man die Türklinke der Haustür nach oben drücken muss, um abschließen zu können, haben wir erst nach Tagen begriffen). Wenn wir nachhakten, wurden unsere Probleme prompt beantwortet - ein dickes Dankeschön!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Josef & Bernd it was great having you as our guests at the cottage and just Dankeschön! for your fantastic review. :) Best regards Hrafn & Þórunn
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Nearest Airport
115 Kilometres
Keflavík Airport (Iceland International Airport)
Nearest Barpub
15 Kilometres
Lindin / http://www.laugarvatn.is/
Nearest Ferry
80 Kilometres
Landeyjarhöfn to Westman Islands
Nearest Golf
3 Kilometres
Írafoss / 9 hole free / Closed during winter
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Route 1
Nearest Restaurant
15 Kilometres
Lindin / http://www.laugarvatn.is/
Nearest Ski
65 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
50 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Nearest attractions and things to do:

Thingvellir national park 10 min away : Listed on UNESCO world heritage site.

Dive or snorkel in Silfra / Thingvellir ( http://www.scuba.is/en.html )

Gullfoss 50 min away : Famous landmark in the golden circle.

Geysir 50 min away : Famous landmark in the golden circle.

Kerið ( The Crater ) 15 min away : Volcanic crater lake in Grímsnes.

Selfoss : 25 min away : Shopping / groceries / medical services.

Blue lagoon 90 min away : The Blue Lagoon geothermal spa is one of the most visited attractions in Iceland. (http://www.bluelagoon.com)

Eyjafjallajökull 70 min away : The famous volcano.

Seljalands waterfall 70 min away : 60 meter high waterfall.

Skógafoss waterfall 70 min away : Known for the ice that forms from the mist.

Hveragerði ( Eldhestar ) 35 min away :Horseback riding tours ( www.Eldhestar.is )

Fontana spa ( www.fontana.is ) 20 min away in the charming town Laugarvatn and there is also a good swimming pool there.

River rafting in Hvítá 25 min away. (www.arcticrafting.com)

there is also a riverjet in Hvítá.( www.icelandriverjet.com )

Outdoor public swimming pools with jacuzzi and water slides can be found in Minni-Borg 30 min away.

Thingvellir / Gjábakkahellir cave is a perfect example of an Icelandic lava tube formed 9000 years ago during eruption and is situated in one of the most active volcano areas in the world (20min away) : Book a lava caving tour here (www.adventures.is)

Caves of Laugarvatn are remarkable as people lived there in the last century (http://www.happydays.is/is/trip/122) : 20 min away.

Natural hot spring pool (http://www.secretlagoon.is/) : 45 min away.

Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon where blue, white, turquoise and black streaked icebergs shift and creak about in an icy dance. The icebergs are 1,000-year-old chunks of the retreating Öraefajokull glacier that have broken off and are floating out to sea. 4 hours away. Also possible to book boat riding tours in the glacial lagoon here (http://icelagoon.com/)

Vestmannaeyjar : 2 hours away. The Westman Islands are a group of 15 islands situated off the south coast of Iceland, and are reachable by either ferry or by airplane. Book a ferry ride here (http://eimskip.is/EN/iceland_domestic/herjolfur/)

There are also lots of beautiful hiking paths nearby

1)Hiking in Þingvellir national park : Numerous hiking trails extend all over the National Park. Outside the ancient assembly site most of the hiking paths are associated with the abandoned farms of Hrauntún, Skógarkot and Vatnskot, remains of which can still be seen.

2)Hiking in Reykjadalur / Steam valley / The hike is not very demanding (although it's not recommended for people that are afraid of heights since at one point you'll be hiking along the top of a deep gorge) and you reach the warm river after about 45-90 minutes (depending on how fast you walk and how often you stop to take pictures of the waterfall in the gorge and all the pretty bubbling muddy hot springs on the way). There are no facilities for changing your clothes when you get up there.


Prices & Availability

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low season
1 Oct 2016 - 31 May 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Summer Season
1 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
High Season
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
End of high season
1 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Low season
1 Oct 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
23 Dec 2017 - 3 Jan 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
High Season
4 Jan 2018 - 15 May 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £75.86

Extra charge of 55£ is charged for final cleaning plus linen + towels and preparing for next group of guests.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

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