We had an absolutely fabulous week at this property. The views - until sunset at around 23:00 in August - are stunning, and change with the ever-changing weather.
The small river running past the property is beautiful - perfect for our daughters (7 and 9) to explore - unsupervised - for as long as we'd let them!
The listing description was completely accurate, and the directions to the property were clear. Everything was clean and well-maintained, and the beds were really comfortable with lovely down/feather duvets and pillows.
We felt as if we knew the owner before we arrived, as she responded quickly and in detail to all the queries we had before leaving for Iceland. She emailed several suggestions for places to visit and things to do, too, which added to the mounting excitement before departure!
There is so much to do in the area, that we wished we had at least an extra week. We visited the amazing golden circle attractions of Geyser and Gullfoss, and Thingvellir, which are all within an hour's drive. By and large driving was much easier than in the UK, since the roads were so quiet (although the final part of the road to the property is a gravel road).
We also walked up a hill/mountain to bathe in a hot river - the walk starts from Hverigerdi (spelling?) - wonderful! Further along the road is a geothermal power station (Hellish...) which was fascinating.
We arranged (by phone, having seen an advert at Gulfoss) a glacier walk, which was spectacular, and also crawled through lava tunnels near Reykyavik. Both these tours were run by Extreme Iceland, whose guides were excellent and really geared up to meeting the needs of their group (we think they arranged the lava tunnel caving expedition specially for us). We also went swimming in a lovely geothermal pool in Selfoss (brilliant water slide and hardly any other swimmers).
We didn't eat out, although a hotel nearby has a restaurant that does evening buffets from 18:30 for about £40. We bought most food from the Bonus supermarket in Selfoss, which had most things we wanted at a slightly higher price than the UK, apart from a more limited selection of fresh fruit and veg (the Icelandic tomatoes and cucumber were delicious).
I would definitely strongly recommend Iceland and this cottage to friends and relatives who like exciting and active holidays in amazing surroundings. It was perfect for our 7 and 9 year old children, too (although I would say 7 was the minimum). Thanks Augusta!