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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 3 - 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 a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
17 March, 2018

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 Southern Region

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 Southern Region on Iceland

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1237 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • 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
  • Free Wifi
  • 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.


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Nice cottage in a good location

  • 4 of 5

The cottage is in a good location for exploring the South and the Golden Circle. It was clean and well appointed. We had very strong winds and found that there was a strong draught around the door so we had to use the extra heaters that were available, but we remained very comfortable.

The cottage is hard to find the first time in the dark, particularly when it is misty, so I recommend that you use Google Street View to get the lie of the land and its position in relation to side roads, the lake and power station, before travelling. Thankfully, Hrafn was waiting for us to arrive and could guide us in by switching the house lights on and off!

Due to the heavy snow we were unable to park our car by the cottage. Instead we parked at the bottom of the drive, or on some days when the snow threatened to block the track, actually by the gate just off the main road. There is a steep climb from there to the cottage, but this also made for a good sledding experience in the snow!

The hot tub was a real boon but there were problems with the straps holding the lid down in the high winds. Hopefully, that will have been fixed.

Hrafn was likeable and helpful.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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I really wanted to give 5 stars...

  • 4 of 5

Hrafn was great. He was there when we arrived and gave us thorough information about the house and hot tub. The house is great and met all of our needs. The main floor with the beautiful sweeping views has the kitchen and dining room. The living/TV room was downstairs and the windows were up high. My only suggestion about the house itself would be maybe a smaller dining table and having a seating area on the main floor, where you can enjoy the views. We chose to spend the majority of the time in the house seated around the dining table rather than give up the spectacular view.

The hot tub was great. The water is geothermal and you fill/empty the tub each time you use it, which I really liked.

The beds were very comfortable.

The ad for the house recommends 4-wheel drive, or park at the bottom of the drive and walk up. Given the cost difference, we opted for studded tires and the end of the drive (the driveway is approximately 100 yards long and at a fairly steep incline). I don't know if we hit unusual weather, but with the amount of snow we got and the gusting wind causing huge drifts, we got stuck three times trying to navigate the small road out to the main road. We (4 adults) were able to push ourselves out two of those times, but the third time we were really stuck (and on our way to the airport). We called Hrafn, and he immediately called a friend that came and pulled/plowed us out.

Would I recommend this house? Absoletely!! The house sits high on a hill and the views are spectacular! Hrafn is very responsive and invested in making sure your stay is comfortable. The location can't be beat for exploring South/West Iceland.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Warm and cosy in a fantastic location

  • 5 of 5

Excellent cottage in a stunning location. Really warm and cosy. Hot tub is great to warm up in. Hrafn was so accommodating and really helped us out. Thank you for an awesome holiday :)

  • Review Submitted: 06-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
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Amazing cottage!

  • 5 of 5

I don’t often leave reviews but felt I had to make an effort to let people know how amazing this property was!

I had searched many sites looking for somewhere for my family to stay for our trip to Iceland at the beginning of November. We wanted somewhere secluded (for hope of seeing the aurora borealis) yet within reasonable reach of all the sights.

The cabin was just perfect! Tucked away on a beautiful lake yet within easy driving distance to all the sights you would want to see. We seen all the major attractions down the South Coast and driving to and from the cabin each day was easy. There was also lots of shops and amenities in Selfoss roughly a 15 minute drive away so we got take away pizzas and burgers the nights we didn’t cook.

The cabin itself was just beautiful. There was more enough space for our party with everyone given a lovely view from their window. The kitchen was well stocked and we could have went without buying all the basics such as coffee, sugar, sauces etc.

The hot tub was a lovely addition and one of the reasons I booked the cabin initially. It was something else sitting cosy in the hot tub searching for the lights!

There was a wonderful guest book in the cabin which previous guests has written in about their stay and we were gutted not to have had a pen to add to it! It was a nice touch seeing where all the others guests had come from and what sights they had enjoyed seeing.

Lastly the owner himself was a pleasure to deal with and was more than helpful from the minute we booked the trip offering us advice on directions, things to see etc.

We honestly could not recommend this place any higher!

Once again Hrafn thanks for all of your help, we hope to be seeing you again in the future :)

  • Review Submitted: 07-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cottage as advertised

  • 5 of 5

Great location, comfortable and inviting. Would rent again.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderfully warm cottage with amazing view

  • 5 of 5

What a lovely cosy warm cottage even on the wettest of days! Amazing view from the decking that was constantly changing and we even saw the northern lights from the house too. The kitchen was equipped with everything you could possibly need and thanks to the previous guests, even a meal left for us. We carried on this tradition and hope that the next guests enjoy the pasta, sauce and chocolate that we left for them!

The cottage is perfectly situated for the golden circle attractions, and day trips further afield to the south coast and west coasts were easily manageable even in our 2 wheel drive car. This was our first visit to Iceland and we found navigating a breeze. The Kronan supermarket in Selfoss has everything you need and lots of familiar brands too, well worth a visit to stock up it's easy to find and just 20 mins away.

Thank you to Hrafn, his girlfriend and little Elma, for all their help and advice both before and throughput our stay! We will be sure to visit your beautiful country again soon.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
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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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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £79.98

Extra charge of 90 Euro 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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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