Nordic Villa @ The River

Nordic Villa @ The River

Sigrun Lilja

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4 Bedrooms
Sleeps 10
2 Bathrooms

About our home

WE ARE LOOKING FOR A SWAP FOR CHRISTMAS 2019 - PARTICULARLY LOOKING FOR SPENDING CHRISTMAS IN THE SUN. ANYONE WHO'D LIKE TO SPEND CHRISTMAS IN ICELAND?

Our house is an eco-friendly house, located in Laugarás village in South Iceland by the Golden circle. The size of the house is 212 square metres (or 2282 square feet) and can accommodate up to 11 people (including 2 infant beds). The style is somewhat Nordic minimalist with simple design, open spaces, big windows with magnificent views over the river Hvítá, Skálholt Cathedral, volcano Hekla and the surrounding mountain circle. The garage is not included in the available space.

The space

The characteristics of this house consist of minimalistic approach with light, open spaces and big windows with magnificent views over the river Hvítá, Skálholt Cathedral and the surrounding mountain circle. In good weather conditions, you can see the volcano Hekla (the most active volcano in Iceland) out of the living room window (to the east), as well as the edge of Langjökull glacier (to the north). Many of the paintings on the wall are made by one of your hosts (Sigrún Lilja), who is an amateur artist in her free time.

Note that the existence of air conditioning is really unneccessary in Iceland. The house has in-floor heating system and if the temperature gets too high, it's easy to just open the windows or the patio door. The Icelandic wind is our very own natural air conditioning :)

When entering the house, the guest toilet is on the left in the hall. To the right, you enter an open space living room, dining room and a fully equipped kitchen. The living room is separated by a low wall and there are steps down to the lower living room space, where you find a secluded king-size bed and a lounge chair (not visible from the main living room / dining room / kitchen area), with spectacular views, yet fairly privately separated from the main living room by a low wall. The kitchen, dining room and living room are all in one space, with a big dining table and 8 chairs.

Passing the kitchen is the bedroom’s quarter, where you will find a washing room (with a washer that you can use if needed) and a big family bathroom. Just beside it, you will find exit doors to the south patio and the north patio. The south patio has a barbecue, table, chairs and a freestanding wood burner – however, during the hardest time of the winter, the garden furniture might be stored inside. However, we try to keep our barbecue outside as long as possible, as we Icelanders tend to use them during winter too.

Guest access

The house has following bedrooms:

Bedroom 1: Master bedroom with a king-size bed and an exit door to the patio

Bedroom 2: Double bedroom with a queen-size bed

Bedroom 3: Double bedroom with a queen-size bed (possibility to add a small bed for a child and also 1 mattress)

The area beyond the low living room wall has a king-size bed, and lounge chair. Even though it’s a part of the living room area, the low wall provides certain visual privacy.

The following items are available for guests to use during their stay:

• Coffee, tea, sugar and sweeteners
• Complementary milk (for the coffee)
• Access to spices, salt, pepper etc for cooking – some of the spices are locally made
• Aluminium foil and plastic wrapping (for food preservation)
• Table cloths and kitchen towels
• Bath towels and hand towels (in the bathroom cupboards)
• Detergents (dishwasher, washing machine)
• Fabric softener (washing machine)
• Toilet paper
• Hand soaps in toilets
• Plastic bags for bins under the sink


Otherwise, this accommodation is fully self-catering.


Other things to note

For the youngsters

We can provide (upon request) one single mattress (90x200 cm each) with a duvet, pillow and linen, that can be easily placed there on the floor (perfect for children and teenagers).

We have two toddler beds for a small childrem, available upon request. In addition, we have two special dining chairs for young infants and toddlers and a toy box that contains old toys that used to belong to our children and are available for the younger guests. In addition, you can find colouring books, colours and drawing papers in the drawer next to the dining table.

Features

More about us

  1. We are a family of five - Einar (60), Sigrun (44), Þorgerður Sól (19), Svanhildur (18) and Einar Björgvin (11)

  2. We are academics; Sigrun is Associate Professor and Dean of Department of Social Sciences, Bifröst University. Einar is Assistant Professor at the Department of Business, Bifröst University.

  3. We like to travel where the weather is slightly better than in Iceland (doesn't take much ...) :) We are particularly open for points, whereas our schedules may not fit others (and we need to take our vacations at odd times).

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Where is it?

Neighbourhood

Laugarás – the geothermal eco-village

Laugarás is a small, yet unconventional village by the river Hvítá, one of the big glacier rivers in Iceland, fostering the great waterfall Gullfoss. Rich of geothermal energy, villagers in Laugarás are some of the leading producers of vegetables and flowers that are grown in many of the village’s greenhouses.

Laugarás is known for its unique and warm weather conditions (on Icelandic scale) which are mainly caused by its rich fauna and trees (again, on Icelandic scale).

Just 200 meters from our house, the organic farm Engi offers organic vegetables and has an open vegetable market during weekend. Further down the road, you will find a few self-service vegetable sales stands by the local farmhouses – there you can buy very good products for a reasonable prize. Please respect the farmers and pay for the products you take.

Nearby the house is the petting zoo Slakki, which is a huge attraction for families. In Slakki, you can see all types of domestic farm animals in Iceland, as well as pets – where you can pet dogs, cats (kittens), rabbits and guinea pigs, as an example. In addition, you can play pool, mini-golf and putting in indoor fields. Furthermore, Slakki has a bistro, that is mainly open in the evenings.

The Laugarás Healthcare Clinic is only a short 3-minute drive from the house – it is open Monday – Friday 8:00 – 16:00.

Shopping

Selfoss is the next big town, approximately 30 minutes’ drive from the house, by road no 1. If you are coming from Reykjavík or Keflavík Airport, you will see the town on your way. Selfoss has a small shopping mall, hardware stores (Byko and Húsasmiðjan) and big supermarkets (Bónus and Krónan), along with several petrol stations. We recommend that you stop there for shopping, before coming to the house.

In Reykholt, which is a nearby village, you can find Bjarnabúð, which is a mini-market and a petrol station.

Nearby attractions, food and dining

The famous Golden circle attractions, Geysir, Gullfoss and Þingvellir are in 30, 40 and 57 km distance.

It is easy to find good places for dining nearby our house. Here are some of our favourite dining options:

Friðheimar is a family-owned and run greenhouse farm in Reykholt. They are one of the biggest tomato manufacturers in Iceland. They have a restaurant inside one of their greenhouses, where guests can enjoy delicious tomato soup, home-made bread, various dishes (where tomatoes play the leading role) – even beer and ice cream with tomato flavour – and enjoy the tropical climate of the greenhouse around the tomato plants. Furthermore, they produce spices, chutneys and all kinds of food products, which they sell at the restaurant. They only operate in the afternoon from 12:00 – 16:00 – we recommend you book a table because they are very busy and popular all year round.

Restaurant Mika is a family-owned restaurant in Reykholt. Their speciality is home-made chocolate and their deserts are worth trying.

Skálholt Restaurant (by Skálholt Cathedral) offers various Icelandic, traditional dishes. The Cathedral is worth visiting – only 5 minutes’ drive from the house.

Farm hotel Efsti-Dalur is about 15-20 minutes’ drive. This hotel has a restaurant in a converted barn, where you can see the livestock (cows and calves) through the window. They have, in our view, probably the best rib-eye steak in Iceland. Furthermore, they make their own ice cream, with many delicious flavours worth trying in their ice cream barn.

Flúðasveppir Restaurant is in the village of Flúðir (x minutes’ drive). Flúðasveppir is the biggest mushroom manufacturer in Iceland and at the restaurant, they serve mouth-wateringly good mushroom soup with home-made bread. A place indeed worth visiting.

Gallerí Laugarvatn is in the village of Laugarvatn. Their speciality is the local brown bread (baked in the geothermal soil down at the lake Laugarvatn) with smoked salmon, among other dishes. The place is also (as indicated in the name) an art gallery, with local arts and crafts.

Héraðsskólinn á Laugarvatni is a hostel in Laugarvatn in a historic building that used to host a junior high school. This building is a landmark in Laugarvatn, and the inspiration of the architect was sought to the old turf houses. Today, this building hosts a hostel and a café / bistro.

Græna Kannan Organic Café is in Sólheimar – approximately 20 minutes’ drive from the house. Sólheimar is an eco village and the café only sells food and products made of organic materials. This is worth the visit!

These recommendations are based on our preferences. Please see tripadvisor and (Website hidden by Airbnb) for other options.

Getting around

To get to Laugarás Village from Reykjavík (Keflavík International Airport), drive through Reykjavík towards destination Vík. Once you pass the town of Hveragerði, after 10 minutes drive you turn left on Road 35 and drive for approximately 20 kilometres. Then you turn to the right on Road 31 (destination Laugarás). In 5 kilometres, you've reached the village of Laugarás.

Buzzy restaurants
Friðheimar, Mika Restaurant, Farm Hotel Efsti-Dalur, Skálholt Restaurant, Flúðasveppir Restaurant, Græna Kannan (Sólheimar), Héraðsskólinn Hostel (Laugarvatn), Gallerí Laugarvatn,
Retail therapy
Selfoss: Bónus and Krónan (grocery stores), Bjarnabúð (min-market in Reykholt), Minni-Borg (mini-market)-
Day tripping
Golden circlye (Gullfoss, Geysir, Þingvellir), South Coast (Seljalandsfoss, Hekla, Eyjafjallajökull, Dyrhólaey, Reynisfjara, Vík), South East (Skaftafell National Park, Glacier Lagoon), Reykjavík area (Reykjavík city, Blue Lagoon)

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