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Maja Siska

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Bedrooms Studio
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights
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South Iceland House Rental Photos and Description

Cozy and peaceful cottage with beautiful views! NORTHERN LIGHTS in winter!

(If your dates are already booked please check out our new and third cottage Sel: listing nr. 2052798, or

We offer 2 separate cottages for rent: they each stand peacefully by themselves and afford great views onto volcano Hekla, the mountains and the surrounding pastures. Cottages 'Nordurnes' (for 2-4 persons) and 'Bjalli' (for up to 4 persons) are well equipped, cosy and in a scenic location on our 130 Hectare. On our land we also have horses, an outbuilding and our home, all generously spaced out for privacy and views.

Ideal location for daytrips to all the sights in the South of Iceland! Detailed information and descriptions are in the cottages for you. We gladly assist you with any queries you have!

Some of the day trips: Golden Circle, Geysir, Gullfoss and Thingvellir; Skogar waterfall and museum, bird cliffs near Vik (black beach) and Dyrholaey. Or take the ferry to the Westman Islands! Blue Lagoon and scenic drive along coast road; Reykjavik in 80km. In summer you can take the highland bus or Hekla taxi to Landmannalaugar and its hot springs in the highlands, or drive to the bottom of Hekla and hike to the top!

The nearest pool is 7km away. Insider tip: a very rustic old geothermal pool in the middle of nowhere: Seljavallalaug gamla, info in the cottages!

A very good riding stable is nearby (7 km), catering for beginners and experienced riders alike, see here for more information:

Bird watching: From May until the end of July you can watch up to 20 bird species around the house and on our 130 hectares. Feel free to roam around! There are paths on our 130 hectare and you are welcome to explore and greet the horses.

In winter you can see NORTHERN LIGHTS!

More Details

Details for Nordurnes Studio, Sleeps 4, 1 Bathroom

Through the separate entrance room you enter the one room cottage and take in the views into the landscape and onto volcano Hekla. The bright room has a double door onto the deck and large windows. The kitchenette functiones well and you can enjoy the view onto Hekla from the dining table. The seperate bathroom has a shower and WC. Up the 'chicken ladder' and you reach the open sleeping loft with 2 low beds (we can add 1 mattress if you wish): it is cozy here and in wintertime you can look straight out into the night sky and - with a little luck!- enjoy the NORTHERN LIGHTS! The sofa downstairs pulls out into a bed (140cm wide). Around the house are open countryside and horse pastures. You have your own piece of Iceland here! (The other cottage Bjalli is 700m away and cannot be seen from here.) Information on day trips provided!
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • children welcome
  • Long-term Renters Welcome

Maja Siska

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Speaks english, german, icelandic
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Originally german, I have lived here in Iceland since 2000 with my icelandic husband, icelandic dog, chickens and horses! We love our home and we enjoy sharing our knowledge and experiences of Iceland and our area with you. Originally I came here because of horse riding and today I feel at least as icelandic as anything else! I am looking forward to welcoming you in the country I chose to be my home!

Maja Siska purchased this house in 2005

Nordurnes and Bjalli are each situated on their own in spectacular landscape: a cosy retreat with views onto horse pastures and mountains, volcanos and glaciers. And all that in an ideal location for trip to the sights of south Iceland, into the highlands and out for riding tours in summer… and the hour drive to Reykjavik ( 80km) over the pass Hellisheidi is always a scenic experience.

The atmosphere in Nordurnes and Bjalli is very peaceful and you are in touch with nature and the surrounding landscape. The idyllic setting with its views onto volcano Hekla and the mountains keeps surprising you! The next pool and the next riding stable is only 7km away.

Bedrooms Studio
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights
Contact the owner directly to confirm reservation details and pay with an approved method (credit card, check, or bank transfer), to protect your payment up to $1,000.
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Property Reviews

35 Reviews Write a Review
average rating of 4.96875 based on 35 reviews
+354 487 1187
South Iceland Iceland

Cosy cottage in countryside

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
Our very own 'Little house on the Prairie"! Nordurnes is a comfortable, clean very well equipped cottage. Although it feels remote it is within easy reach of the main sights of south Iceland.
Maja and her husband were extremely welcoming and went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed including local information to make the most of our stay.
I would definitely recommend the cottage to family and friends and now our sons have seen the photos will have to return with them!
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for staying in Nordurnes! I am so glad that you got to see the Northern Lights:) You are welcome cam anytime!
+354 487 1187
South Iceland Iceland

Beautiful place to stay in a beautiful country!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
Our hostess Maja went above and beyond the call of duty to make our stay in Nordurnes exceptional!
The cabin itself was immaculate and toasty warm even when the weather outside really was frightful, and the pretty decorative touches made it feel very comfortable and welcoming. We didn't even have to get out of bed to watch the sky at night thanks to the clever layout!
All the information we could have needed was provided and we were encouraged to just ask if there was anything we needed. Great sets of directions were sent beforehand, includng tips about where to avoid in bad weather - hugely useful and we didn't get lost once.
The location was also very good indeed. Off the main route 1, it was peaceful and quiet but not too far out of the way, making travel to attractions and activities easy.
We will definitely be coming back!
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for staying with us:) and hopefully we´ll see you gain some time!
+354 487 1187
South Iceland Iceland

A memorable stay

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
Nordurnes is the most unforgettable, beautiful and perfect place to stay and enjoy the South of Iceland. It is by far the most memorable stay we have had anywhere in the world. We intend to return.

If you are after a relaxing, awe-inspiring, remote place to stay which still has easy access to towns and sights across the whole of the South of Iceland, then I would recommend it as your first choice.

The cottage:

We arrived to find an immaculately presented little cottage, which was open for us to enter without having to pick up keys beforehand. Soon after our arrival, Maja came down to greet us. She was approachable and very friendly and re-assured us that if we needed her at any point during our stay, we could pop over to her house, which is about 100 meters or so away. She then left us to it.

Nordurnes was perfectly sized for the two of us. It is beautifully furnished and provided an ideal space to relax in the days and evenings. The bedroom, which is on an upper level overlooking the longe, is a very quaint and charming feature. a small window positioned at eye level behind the pillows provides a unique opportunity to gaze out into the night's sky, which is always majestic (perfect for seeing the Northern Lights if they decide to appear).


The location is stunning. The surrounding views of mountains, valleys and fields are the type that are so beautiful, I wouldn't be able to do them justice in this review. You'll have to see them first hand.

Things to do:

There are a wealth of things to do (and we went in the winter period when there are generally less things open). While we were there, we saw the Geezers, the stunning Gullfoss waterfalls and the fascinating town of Hveragerdi with its surrounding geothermal activity. These are just a few of many places we could have visited with ease. We just didn't have the time.

Information provided on arrival:

Maja is extremely well organised. She provides folders in the cottage with valuable information about Iceland and the various things to do. This included contact details for services that provide tours to the sights around the South. It even included the weather prediction for the length of our stay.

Other facts:

- The directions provided are very efficient. We had no problem finding Nordurnes despite its location 15 minutes off the main road.

- Nordurnes is within an easily manageable distance from Keflavik airport (Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes drive).
Owner's Response: oh my:) Thank you so much for this detailed review. I am so pleased that you had such a fantastic stay and a good time in our cottage and in Iceland. Even in the off season the landscape and many of the attractions are just awe inspiring. And sometimes the changing weather and lighting conditions just add to the magic! I am happy to share it with you! :)
Helpful votes: 2/2
+354 487 1187
South Iceland Iceland

Favorite stay in Iceland!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
The perfect place to get away from it all. Nordunes is such a wonderful cottage with everything you need and more. Comfortable, Clean, ambiance, views galore! Maja is very friendly and extremely helpful. We were lucky is see the northern lights and had clear skies all around to enjoy the view. I would love to come back again and stay even longer. Ever since we've come home from our travels we keep saying...I wish we were back at the cottage Nordunes!
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for staying with us. I am glad we managed to "switch on " the Northern Lights for you:) See you next time!
+354 487 1187
South Iceland Iceland

As Awesome AS it Looks

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2012
  • Stayed: Nov 2012
We really enjoyed our stay at Nordurnes, we arrived late evening to an immaculate, cosy and warm cottage. Directions we had been given were easy to follow even though it was dark. Maja had left the lights on, so locating the cottage wasn't a problem. Woke up the following morning to realise the beauty of our surroundings and to be greeted by the lovely Maja & Skinna. The weather wasn't great but Maja gave us some great advice as well as directions and the best routes to take for our travels. The welcome pack was really comprehensive and we found it very useful for our first visit to Iceland. The cottage is really well equipped, with everything we needed to make a good meal, there was even quite a lot of basic larder items left from previous guests. The cottage was in such a convenient location that we were able to drive up to the golden circle as well as Selandjafoss, Skogafoss and Vik. We would definitely recommend Nordurnes to our friends and family as it made our first time in Iceland perfect. Our only regret is that we weren't there for long enough, will definitely be returning!
Owner's Response: Thank you! We enjoy sharing Iceland and its beauty with our guests! Hope to see you again some time! All the best:)
Helpful votes: 4/4


Nearest Airport
135 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
65 Kilometres
Landeyjarharbour, 30 min. to Westman Islands
Nearest Beach
35 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
20 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
20 Kilometres
Car: necessary

The cottage is in an idyllic & quiet setting approx. 14km from the main ring road nr.1. In 7 km you can reach the next swimming pool and also a very good riding stable ( This is an ideal starting point for all sightseeing in the south of Iceland. Information on trips are in the house: 1. Golden Circle: Geysir, Gullfoss,Thingvellir, 2. Blue Lagoon & coastal road, 3. Skogar waterfall & farm museum, Vik & black beach, bird cliffs, 4. Hekla museum, Thjofafoss waterfall, along the foot of the highlands to the replica of one of the first settlements on Iceland, archeological site Stöng. 5. There is a new ferry harbour (65km away) and you can be in the WESTMAN ISLANDS within 30 min ferry ride. Detailed information in the house!

IN summer you can take a day trip with the highland bus to the hot springs at Landmannalaugar (dep. Hella) or to Thorsmörk.

Eyjafjallajökull & volcano Hekla and more can be seen from our land on a clear day! Northern Lights approx. Sep. - Apr

Golf: There is a 18 hole link course near Hella and a 9 hole golf course in Selfoss. Both approx. 30 min. drive from the house.


Availability & Rates

South Iceland House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
Per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Minimum Stay
Spring 2014
Apr 1 2014 - May 15 2014
3 nights
Main Season ´14
May 16 2014 - Sep 14 2014
5 nights
extra night: €100    
Fall 2014
Sep 15 2014 - Oct 31 2014
3 nights
Winter 2014/15
Nov 1 2014 - Mar 31 2015
3 nights
Spring 2015
Apr 1 2015 - May 15 2015
3 nights
Summer 2015
May 16 2015 - Sep 14 2015
3 nights
Fall 2015
Sep 15 2015 - Oct 31 2015
3 nights


  • Prices ABOVE for 2 persons, each extra person +10,- Euros per night.
    According to icelandic tradition you leave the house as clean as you find it. If you would like the service of cleaning at the end of your stay we charge 60 Euros. Please state this clearly when you book, thank you. No other costs.
    1/3 of the rental fee is payable when you book, the remaining rent is due no later than 4 weeks before arrival.
    Arrival after 4 pm, departure before noon, unless agreed otherwise. (We are flexible when there are no guests before or after you.)
    IF YOUR DATES ARE ALREADY BOOKED please check out our new and third cottage Sel: listing nr. 2052798, or
  • Birdwatching from the window or from our paths: during summer up to 25 species within 1 week!
    The harbour Landeyjarhöfn (65km away) offers the possibility to take a ferry to the WESTMAN ISLANDS in 30 min. There you can amongst other things take a boat trip (puffins, whales etc. in summer), visit the volcanic eruption site which is still steaming or rent a Segway.
  • We gladly give you tips and advise for your stay here in Iceland! A list of possible day trips will be e-mailed to you and is also in the house. Plus maps and other information!


South Iceland House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 32 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Living Room
  • Internet ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Hair Dryer
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking Off Street
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Basic Soaps
  • Parking
  • Activities Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Toilet Paper
  • Microwave
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Kitchenette
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Toaster
  • Pantry Items
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Towels included, (also bed linen and tea towels). There are public pools in all neighbouring villages, the nearest is in Laugarland (6km) with hot pot and steam room. Opening hours in the house.
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • upstairs loft - 2 twin/ single , 1 mattress can be added
    Sleeping couch - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Sleeping couch is 140cm/56 in.
  • Upstairs on the sleeping loft (up the chicken ladder) there are 2 low beds, it is comfortable for 2, or 1 plus mattress (upon request). Downstairs is a sleeping sofa (140cm wide, queen size). Bed linen provided. During winter you need just a little luck and you could see Northern Lights, from your bed! Ideal spot as there is no ambient lighting in the area. The house is well insulated and heated and very cozy in fall and winter, see recommendations!
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
  • Books
  • Terrace
  • Wood Deck
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • children welcome ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • museums
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • scenic drives
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • equestrian events
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • fishing
  • swimming
The kitchen is compact but well equipped. Garden furniture is on the terrace. Excellent drinking water directly from the tap, it doesn´t get better than this! Children love sleeping upstairs in the loft. They have to be old enough to climb up the chicken ladder savely. Maps of the region and tips and info on things to do and day trips are in the house! CD player and radio, playing cards, candles. Self catering but some essential herbs and spices are in the house. On our land of 130 hectare there are some horse pastures and walking paths which you are welcome to explore, streams and migrating birds nesting everywhere during summer: BIRDWATCHING! During winter you need just a little luck and you could see NORTHERN LIGHTS. Ideal spot as there is no ambient lighting in the area. We gladly give you any advise or assistance while you are staying here!