We had a very great week at Giljaland. The farm itself is very calm and situated in a nice valley right in the central of south-east iceland. It's a perfect place to start nice walks just right away from the house. Also the highlands are quite nearby and accessible by the highland bus who passes right at the farm.
Walking up the little hill behind the house you can see Myrdalsjökull (Glacier) and the Laki ridge with the Eldgja canyon behind it. If you interested in the vulcanic history of this region I recommend the short video (available in different languages) about the eruption in the 18th century at the tourist information at Kirkjubaejarklaustur. But also all the other main important places are within a 1.5 hourse drive: Vik with its impressive cliffs (we saw a lot of sea birds and also the lovely puffins) and Myrdalskökull, Kirkjubaejarklaustur, Skaftafell national park and Vatnajökull, Jökulsarlon (glacier lake with iceberg) (boat trip is nice; visit the sea side - impressive, we saw seals; recommend the closeby Fjallsarlon which is not so busy).
The house itself is equipped with nearly everthing you need except an oven ;-). But Thuri and Sigi are always very helpful (e.x. laundry, suggestions for excursions, etc.). Even an internet access is available which is suitable to check and send emails.
Also we loved all the other farm "residents": Birta the family friendly sheep dog who accompanied us on our walks, the iceland horses (especially Bobo and Hamlet - takk fyrir again to Sigi for letting our daughter Josefine ride on Bobo), the sheeps, the chicken - thank you for the eggs.
Thanks again to Thuri and Sigi to share their dream with us.
Greetings from Germany from Jan, Nina & Josefine