Amazing place to stay, whatever the weather!
We have just returned to the UK after a wonderful week at the Jules Verne cottage. The cottage was even more beautiful and stylish than the photos suggest. It was very clean and well-maintained. Recently the upstairs master bedroom has been properly enclosed with a wall and a door, and the downstairs sofa area where our 8 and 10-year old boys slept very well on a very comfy sofa bed has had a sliding door added, so this can also be closed off and made dark and cosy.
The heating (underfloor and radiators) is excellent and keeps the whole place warm even at the extremes of temperature and weather we experienced during our stay!
The steep stairs take a little getting used to but were not a problem. There is a baby safety gate at the top.
The shower room is also well heated and contains a large washing machine and tumble drier.
We were over the moon to see the Northern Lights, a lifetime ambition for my husband and I. They really are breathtaking. Other highlights were the amazing road over the mountain to Olafsvik and the road from Olafsvik to Stykkisholmur (where there is an excellent hot dog stand selling the best hot dogs we have ever tasted!) Also we loved the hot chocolate and cake at the lovely Hellnar beach cafe.
We recommend you stock up on groceries and petrol in Reykjavik or Borganes on your way to the cottage because after that shopping and refuelling opportunities are limited. There are small supermarkets in Rif, Olafsvik and Stykkisholmur which are fine for the basics but there is not a lot of choice. The bakery in Olafsvik is excellent. There is also a bank and petrol station.
The weather prevented us from doing as much walking as we would have liked but it encouraged us to relax at the cottage and enjoy the PS3 and snuggle up and watch movies, of which there is a wide selection. And the weather changes so quickly in Iceland we never had to stay inside for long.
Gestur and Berglind were very helpful and gave excellent customer service. No query was too much trouble. We were lucky enough to meet the lovely Gestur twice during our stay!
We wholeheartedly recommend this cottage for couples or families of any age. We already miss the stunning sea and mountain views and wonderful clean fresh air! We took hundreds of photos and will get much pleasure from reliving our Iceland adventure!
We can also recommend the Blue Lagoon which we visited on our way back to the airport, and Reyjavik itself for shopping, eating and more excellent hot dogs!
Owner's Response: It was so nice meeting you all,you were so nice guest, we consider you now as friends after meeting you, Dover is now in our plans :)
Did you know the following:
This Snæfellsjökull volcano and peninsula have acted as a beacon for settlers and pilgrims to Iceland for a thousand years: Erik the Red, father of Lief Erikson, homesteaded on Snaefellsnes.
Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth began at the crater of the volcano, and the new age travelers of the 1980s would go on pilgrimage here, feeling that this glacier was one of the energy springs of the planet. Today, tourists come each summer to climb to its summit and Arctic terns come to breed at its base. There is still a yearly celebration in which hundreds of people come to meditate in the lava fields near the glacier. Snaefellsjokull is sometimes called the holiest place in Iceland.
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