Submitted: May 24, 2011
Stayed: May 2011
This cosy cottage on a windswept ridge was the perfect place for three traveling companions (aged 50+) to discover the Iceland that lay beyond the "Golden Circle". Surrounded by rolling hills punctuated with Icelandic ponies and sheep under the gaze of a snow capped volcano, it provided an excellent home base from which to explore the traditional sightseeing highlights of South Western Iceland, and yet allowed us to retreat to a rural setting each evening to enjoy spectacular sunsets.
The cottage was immaculately maintained, felt sturdy and snug, and though small, was so well appointed that three of us fit comfortably. The kitchenette was well equipped allowing us to easily cook our meals. One day we were even surprised with a half dozen farm fresh eggs! The sleeping arrangements included a loft with three mattresses (which we used) and a pull out couch (which we did not try, but looked fine).
The owner graciously provided suggestions and travel advice for hiking and outings both in a booklet in the cottage and in personal communications. Her suggestions for restaurants and some less travelled routes were unerringly right on. We enjoyed the hiking in the Hengill region, liked Hveragerði, found a lovely short hike from Stong, and loved the unpaved portion of the rift valley in Þingvellir. Of course we also enjoyed the highlights of the Golden Circle, the waterfalls of the southern coast, and the cliffs of Dyrhólaey, too. A more ambitious outing took us to Snaefellsjokull, and a beautiful walk along the coast, but this was a very long day. Only with daylight well past ten pm (in May) was Snaefellsjokull doable as a day trip.
We would definitely recommend this location and cottage to friends and family, and hope that others find it as remarkable as we did! Enjoy!
Helpful votes: 7/9
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