We didn't know Iceland very well when we looked to book a place to stay for a week but this property stood out from the usual log cabin style.
It is located on the Golden Circle which means you are within range of many of the top tourist locations in South West Iceland. We visited Geysir, Gulfoss, Reykjavik, Skogafoss, Stong, Eyjafjallajökull, many waterfalls and two power stations! A fair amount of driving is needed but Iceland's nearly empty roads and the property's hot tub waiting at the end of the day meant this wasn't a problem.
The lounge and dining room area of the property is a lovely well-lit open space with great views towards the volcano Hekla. WiFi in the property was excellent with better speeds than we get in rural Wiltshire (>5Mb download). This is useful as the TV only has Icelandic channels so being able to stream online content is great.
The kitchen is modern and has most things you'd need to prepare simple meals. There are two outside seating areas one for morning sunshine and one for the evening, this latter one has a gas-fired barbeque.
The beds were comfortable and two are large and have great views, the other three are smaller but still comfortable.
Bjorn, the owner, was very helpful both in guiding us the 14km from Laugarvatn and suggesting places to go and the best times to visit.
As a family (two boys 12 and 13) we had a great time exploring this part of Iceland this property was definitely part of the reason for that.
This is a truly special apartment.
Location-wise it has the perfect balance of being quiet and secluded with the benefit of being an easy drive away from many of the great sites that Iceland (the south west in particular) has to offer. We initially drove from Reykjavik and the route is both scenic and fairly straightforward.
The apartment itself is simply sublime. I stayed with three other friends and we all wished that there were more apartments like this in the UK! The views are stunning and are maximised by the large floor-to-ceiling windows and the two terraces that adjoin the property. The hot tub is definitely the icing on a truly sizeable cake! Inside, the place comes with all of the equipment / furniture that you will need and we found the wifi to be particularly reliable. The open plan layout makes the most of the fantastic views and the ample light from the windows. The beds are very comfortable and although a few of the bedrooms are a little on the small side, the rest of the apartment more than makes up for it.
Two nights was definitely not long enough!
The house is a modern, very spacious, open concept and a haven of peace and quiet.We were only two staying there but even with many more people, you would feel as though you could find a space on your own very easily. There are two patios , both with open views into nature. Rarely in Iceland would you find a place with mature trees right in front of you from every window. There is a long 'catwalk' type structure that you can walk out on and be literally looking into the trees. All views, even from the small windows by the beds, look out to greenery and lovely big pines. It is close to Geysir, Gulfoss and Thingvellir National Park and many other amazing Icelandic sights but at the end of each day, you will look forward to coming 'home'. This hidden gem is tucked away in the hills near Laugarvatn.
Everything was very clean for our arrival and everything worked well. The kitchen is fully equipped, the WiFi worked perfectly, the beds were firm and very comfortable and the chairs and sofa in the living room guaranteed relaxation. I cannot think of anything we wished for. It was so easy to arrange the rental and get instructions from the friendly owner, as needed, He was quick to reply and genuinely wanted us to have a good time and enjoy the place. To fully appreciate the house, stay for at least three or four days if your holiday permits. We were there for 4 nights and were still reluctant to leave. I hope we get to return one day.
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