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Sigurdur Olafsson

Member since: 2010
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Speaks English, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian

Beautiful location in the unspoiled Central South Iceland - Giljaland G-46

People5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday cottage in South - Giljaland Accommodation

Ideal central location in South Iceland - Cabins have official rent out licence

The cabins are family owned and located in one of the most beautiful part of Iceland on a 140 hectares of land, in between the two big glaciers Vatnajökull and Myrdalsjökull. The cabins are 3 hour drive from the city of Reykjavik. Located in the south, south east part of the country in a beautiful Icelandic countryside, centrally located to the most sought after attractions in this part of the country and the central inland. G-46 cabin has 3 bedrooms and sleeps 4-5 comfortable. G-42 have 2 bedrooms. One double bed, one single bed and one bunker, sleeps 4 adults and one child comfortably. G-24 sleeps two adults and one child comfortably . G-22 sleeps two adults and one child comfortably .Access to washing machine and dryer is available at no extra cost. Internet connection. The area is very beautiful and peaceful but there is also an easy access (within 35 kilometers) to many kinds of activities and services, for example swimming pool, fishing, shop, restaurant, golf, & healthcare service. Distances :Landmannalaugar 65 km. Lakagigar 40 km. Dyrholaey 60 km. Vatnajökull National Park 100 km. Glaicer lagoon 180 km. Eldgja 30 km. Cabins can be rented all together or separately.

More Details

Details for holiday cottage Giljaland G-46, 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, 1 Bathroom

This is a 46 m2 newly renovated family owned cottage ideally located in South Iceland. This unit will not be rented out 2015

Suitability:
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Sigurdur Olafsson (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Call Owner
Speaks English, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian

About Sigurdur Olafsson

We, Þuríður (Thury) and Sigurdur (Siggi) are a married couple for 49 years, have four girls and 9 grandchildren, we are born 1945 and 1949. We are partly retired. Our land property is 140 hectares = 345 acres. We bought the property 17 years ago and started to build a summer cottage. We have now build a living house and are staying here all year round.

Our land is 50% naturally grown woodland of wild Icelandic willow and mountain birch. In the other half we have planted more than 100.000 tree seedlings, mostly Alaska Pine, Alaska Spruce, Siberian Larch, Icelandic birch and Rowan.

Sigurdur Olafsson purchased this cottage in 1995

Why Sigurdur Olafsson chose Iceland

We are very found of our land, in our eyes it is the most beautiful spot in the world. It is sheltered but have great view over a beautiful Icelandic countryside. If we take a walk few hundred meters up on the hill above us we have a panorama view inland and of the two big glaciers in the south; Mýrdalsjökull and Vatnajökull.

What makes this cottage unique

Our property is ideally located if you like to explore south east Iceland. West boundaries of Vatnajökull National Park is only 30 km to the north of us and stretches more than 300 km to the east. Bus stops only few hundred meters away every morning, driving the mountain trail to Eldgjá and Landmannalaugar and comes back same evening. All major attractions in the south east are within 1 1/2 hour drive from us.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(13 traveller reviews)
Giljaland G-46
average rating of 4.8461537 based on 13 reviews
4

Beautiful (expensive) cabins, but hard to find and far away from everything

  • 4 of 5

This is a great place to stop on the way around Iceland, or if you want to be away from it al for some days. It is less great if you want to go to Skaftafjell for several days, as it really takes some time to go back and forth (more than what you'd think from the map). Beautiful new cabins, very clean and with all amenities - everything was very lovely and 5 stars for this! However, the cabins are priced high for something that is so remote. Check the link in the email is sent to you! We did not, as we just read the instructions in the email saying they are off road 704 something (I can't recall). We did not realize it would be several roads in from the ring road. There is not even a sign (just signs for other cottages). We had a very hard time and spent 2 hours at night going back and forth on the ring road, trying to locate them. Had to stop at a hotel who tried to help us. The GPS location we received from the owner sent us into the Atlantic! Finally, my advice to the owners: Set up a PayPal account so that it's much easier to pay you. I explored paying them over some American transfer link that they sent, but this requires you setting up an account, providing passport information over the web, which is too cumbersome, and I don't want to have to send copies of my passport online to some American firm. Bringing cash was a huge hassle, as I had to take out cash at home over several days, and then pay to have it exchanged. If you run a business, please make it easier for your customers to pay and find you. :)

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Susanne. Thank you and your family for staying with us and your kind words about our cabins. We are so sorry you had problem to find us, we agree we should set up more signs and we will do that as soon as possible. We have to disagree with you about the GPS coordinates, they are correct. Coordinates are made up of 14 digits and dots and if you put in only one wrong number you could end up anywhere. We also sent you a link to driving directions to Giljaland on Google Maps, our correct address and both our landline and cell phone numbers so you could easily call us for assistance when you realized you where on the wrong road. How remote we are depends on where you want to go but our cottages are only 7.5 km from the main ring road and only 0.5 km from the main road to the highlands, Landmannalaugar and Eldgjá. Our cottages are fully booked June - October so we can not be more expensive or remote compared to others in our area. Hope we see you and your family soon again and promise to fix the sign issue. Best regards from Giljaland, Siggi and Thurý
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5

A beautiful retreat

  • 5 of 5

Giljaland is a wonderful escape and Siggi is the most perfect host.

The cabin (G42) was wonderfully cosy, clean and homely - It had everything we needed for a relaxing stay.

Our children loved wondering around the site, playing with Siggi's dog, meeting the horses and the chickens.

There are numerous activities and wonderful places to visit in the area and a 4x4 opens up a world of possibilities.

We would love to come again!!!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Dream!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful holiday flat in a wonderful quiet place.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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4

Totally peaceful and good location

  • 4 of 5

We stayed at the cabin for a week and found it very beautiful and cosy. As an FYI: when you come off route 1, read the blue maps and follow the road to Skaftatunga. The road is a gravel road and can be quite bumpy, and full of big holes (as are a lot of roads in Iceland!) so a you will need a big-ish car (not the city sprinter we had!)

We stayed in the largest cabin on site, it has three bedrooms (two with a double bed, one with a bunk) as well as the sofa and a couple of single Z beds. We were just the two of us and found it just enough space for us two but we do like a lot of room to spread out. There’s a good sized wardrobe in one of the bedrooms, bedside tables and cupboards in the others. As with all Scandinavian countries, there are two smaller duvets instead of sharing one larger one (it’s a lot more comfortable) and there are plenty of spare cushions, blankets etc. The blinds are – mercifully – black out. The bathroom is lovely with a powerful shower. The living space is very comfortable – with a large sofa and dining table area. The TV is a good size and a few DVDs and books are available. The kitchen consists of a fridge with a freezer compartment (although it’s not suitable for storing food), an electric hob and microwave. We found this ample for our cooking which we did at the cabin nearly every evening (and we cook mostly from scratch). The terrace has stunning views over towards the east, with views of lots of little waterfalls going into a large river and you can also see parts of the glacier on top. Unfortunately, the wi-fi is not terribly good so only one device can access the internet at any time and it is very slow. To be fair we weren’t there for that so it wasn’t a big problem. However, in the bad weather neither the wi-fi nor the TV worked so we were stuck with playing cross-words and reading books. It would have been nice if there were some board games there too.

You can also take a walk from the cabin up to a weather station on a small peak (takes about an hour or so) where you can see the glacier very well and the valley in between the two plateaus of the national parks. The views are spectacular up there. The family horses might also visit!

The cabin is well located if you want to experience the glaciers at either Ejyafellajokull (1 hour drive) or Vatnajokull (2/3 hour drive), the waterfalls at Selfoss/Seljalandfoss (45 min drive) and everything else the South has to offer. It is easy to pick up hiking trails from here.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 1, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Victoria. Thank you for a great review. We are glad you liked our old cabin. We build it when we bought Giljaland twenty years ago. Before we build our home here and retired we used to drive to here from Reykjavik almost every weekend, often with our daughters, our sons in law and our grand-kids. We have so many good memories from that cabin. We are sorry that the satellite TV was not working. You should have notified me. I later found out that a growing pine tree had shadowed out the satellite antenna. It only took five minutes to cut down the tree. I agree the internet could be better but this is the only connection available in our area. Next year they promise us 4G connection so hopefully we will have better access when you visit us next time or better weather so you don't need to spend a single day indoors :) Best regards from Giljaland Siggi & Thurý
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5

Cozy home in a spectacular setting!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed two nights in Giljaland 46 and it was such a nice place to relax after a long day of exploring! The photos capture the cottage really well. It was impeccably clean. The views out of the windows and from the property in general are breathtaking! The owners house is nearby but the cottage is situated so that there is lots of privacy. We initially had a problem connecting the Wifi and so walked over to their house. Sigurour was in Reykjavik at the time and Pury wasn't able to assist with that so she got Sigurour on the phone and we had it worked out very quickly! While there, we explored Vatnjokull National Park and hiked out to Skaftafell. We had it all to ourselves. We also drove out to the Glacier Lagoon and arranged for a guided tour for our family on Vatnjokull Glacier. If and when we ever are able to return to this part of Iceland, we would definitely stay here again and would highly recommend it for anyone exploring the South Coast!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 29, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Beautiful landscape, a perfect place to relax

  • 5 of 5

We had a very great week at Giljaland. The farm itself is very calm and situated in a nice valley right in the central of south-east iceland. It's a perfect place to start nice walks just right away from the house. Also the highlands are quite nearby and accessible by the highland bus who passes right at the farm.

Walking up the little hill behind the house you can see Myrdalsjökull (Glacier) and the Laki ridge with the Eldgja canyon behind it. If you interested in the vulcanic history of this region I recommend the short video (available in different languages) about the eruption in the 18th century at the tourist information at Kirkjubaejarklaustur. But also all the other main important places are within a 1.5 hourse drive: Vik with its impressive cliffs (we saw a lot of sea birds and also the lovely puffins) and Myrdalskökull, Kirkjubaejarklaustur, Skaftafell national park and Vatnajökull, Jökulsarlon (glacier lake with iceberg) (boat trip is nice; visit the sea side - impressive, we saw seals; recommend the closeby Fjallsarlon which is not so busy).

The house itself is equipped with nearly everthing you need except an oven ;-). But Thuri and Sigi are always very helpful (e.x. laundry, suggestions for excursions, etc.). Even an internet access is available which is suitable to check and send emails.

Also we loved all the other farm "residents": Birta the family friendly sheep dog who accompanied us on our walks, the iceland horses (especially Bobo and Hamlet - takk fyrir again to Sigi for letting our daughter Josefine ride on Bobo), the sheeps, the chicken - thank you for the eggs.

Thanks again to Thuri and Sigi to share their dream with us.

Greetings from Germany from Jan, Nina & Josefine

  • Review Submitted: Sep 20, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
250 Kilometres
Keflavik Airport
Nearest Barpub
35 Kilometres
Kirkjubaejarkaustur
Nearest Ferry
480 Kilometres
Seydisfjordur
Nearest Golf
35 Kilometres
Kirkjubaejarkaustur
Nearest Motorway
8 Kilometres
Highway 1
Nearest Restaurant
35 Kilometres
Kirkjubaejarkaustur
Nearest Beach
45 Kilometres
Vik
Car: necessary

Well equipped family owned cabins ideally located in Central South Iceland, with beautiful countryside view within a short distance from most sought after attractions in South and Central Iceland such as Landmannalaugar 60 km, Lakagigar, 50 km, Eldgja 30 km. Vatnajokull National Park 40 km, Vik í Myrdal 45 km, Kirkjubaejarklaustur 35 km among many others unforgettable places in the neighborhood. By walking or driving 600 meters up on the hill above the cabin there is a panorama view to the big glaciers in South Iceland. Main mountain trails to the inland pass 1km from the cabins. Bus to Eldgja and Landmannalaugar stops only 700 m from cabin. Every morning and back same evening. Bus to Laki every day from Kirkjubaejarklaustur. (Middle of June to September)

3 cabins rented together or separately

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in South, Iceland

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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7 night minimum stay
£852
for 7 nights
£852
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Payment at arrival in ISK (Central Bank rate EUR - ISK.) or Bank transfer before arrival
Bed linen and towels are included in price. Free WiFi.
Final cleaning is 60 EUR .
Taxes included.

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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage on South on Europe

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 46 m²
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
Theme:
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Basic Soaps
  • Filtered Water
  • Firewood
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed , bunker
Entertainment:
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Binoculars
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • Wood Decking
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • museums
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting

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