|Minimum Stay||4 - 5 nights|
Berg-house is a new modern luxury house in south Iceland. It has a panorama view, with a stream running through the land. It is perfectly located, close to the golden circle. The house has four bedrooms, each with a king size bed and an extra bed in two of them. There are two large bathrooms, a big kitchen area and a spacious living room. Outdoor is a big playground, with a trampoline, football goal, 200 m2 terrace with a hot tub for 10 persons, a large grill (gas) and garden furnitures.
It is a challenge to find the house in the dark, in a blizzard, without any tracks to guide you, and no other properties nearby being occupied in Winter. However, the owner (who lives in Reykjavik) came to the rescue and towed us out of the deep snow, having got totally stuck. We walked the 800 yards to the house with headtorches and kids in tow. When we finally arrived at the house, it was magic, beautifully furnished, very warm and cosy, very spacious and comfortable. (there were 7 of us (3 generations)). The house is very well equippeed with everything you can think off. The larder is very well stocked with all essential stock items. The Hot tub lived up to expectations, only the last few days, the temperature dropped to 20C. We had to be rescued once more due to heavy snow, but the owner sent a snowplough to get us out. As the property is at the bottom of a steep slope, in winter it is advisable to leave the car at the top if there is any chance of snow. The house is in a beautiful setting, quite remote. Iceland in the winter is a real adventure but well worth the effort. Once again a big thankyou to the owner for being so helpful.
OMG where do I start? We travelled with two friends, so a party of 4. When we arrived in Iceland there was a little snow on the ground and seeing as it was winter we had arranged to hire a four wheel drive!!!! The drive to the house is fairly hairy in the dark and on Icey tracks. Beware it is very isolated!!! But so worth it. The house when we arrived was very, very warm and well light. We had a huge snow storm when we were there and we didn't once loose power or heat. The hot tub remained hot, hot, hot and we had loads of tubby time fun most evenings.....we did manage to turn the lights off around the house and saw the Northern Lights from the hot tub it truly, truly was magical!!!!!The panoramic views from the wrap round window in the morning will live with me for ever, it really was breathtaking!!!!
There was everything we needed in the house to cook meals every night. The house is ideally placed just on the edge of the golden circle so all the sights are in short driving distance.
Fortunately we had got provisions from the supermarket on the way to the house but of visiting in the winter ensure you have plenty of groceries in as we got snowed in not once but twice and seeing as it is a private road, you have to contact the owners, who arrange for a local man to dig you out, this can be a long wait!!!!! The owners throughout this whole ordeal were fantastic and infact the day before our flight home we needed to be dug out once again and they arranged for us to stay in their apartment in Reykjavik so we were closer to the airport....
The house was amazing, the Icelandic people were incredible and we just can't wait to return........ one negative is that the house has almost doubled in price 😩😩😩
We loved this house! It is spacious, in a great location and in a beautiful spot. It has everything you will need. We bundled up and took advantage of the great grill outside many evenings. The size allows you to get a little privacy when needed but has big enough spaces for everyone to gather. We had a few issues with hot water when we were there and never did quite figure out what we were doing wrong. But not a huge deal. We will always remember this trip, not least of all because my fiancé and I got engaged next to the big rock in the yard! Thanks for sharing your beautiful home with us!
We started off badly with car problems and were delayed. When we phoned the owners about an hour's delay, they were not happy, and the irritation was quite evident from their side, even though I apologised. When we did arrive, the owners gave us a very rapid tour of the house, after I asked for it..they probably expected us to figure everything out ourselves. The TV and Dvd player did not work together, so we couldnt connect any devices to the TV or watch DVDs..
The owners had told us there were very few toiletries etc..in reality, there was enough hand wash and tissues to cover our stay. There were a lot of cooking items/groceries, which if we had been told, we wouldnt have bought..this after I had asked what was in the house..
That being said, the house is fantastic on all levels, and everything worked. Great privacy, playing space for kids, views, and a good place to explore south Iceland.
Our family recently stayed at this house and were very happy with the experience. The house is private and has an efficient design. There are two bedrooms and a bathroom on each side of the house with a common area consisting of a living room, dining room, kitchen and laundry in the center. One of the best things about the house however is the view from the front window. And if you have kids, there is a spacious yard in the front.
Even though we visited in the Spring, we experienced significant snow so unless you are going in the Summer, a 4 wheel drive is HIGHLY recommended.
The house is about 1/2 way around the Golden Circle so you have relatively short drives to interesting sites. It is however one hour, 20 minutes from the Blue Lagoon but the drive (especially by the ocean) was pleasant.
For restaurants, we most liked Grimsborgir Restaurant which is very close (about a 3 minute drive and open for breakfast 8-10 and dinner 6PM -) and Red House, or Rauda Husid (http://raudahusid.is/en/home/#_=_) which had very good food and a more fine-dining feel to it (they also had a children's menu which isn't as common in Iceland). The Rauda Husid is approximately 20 minutes away and near the ocean.
One thing that many people overlook is that there is a geothermal power plant that you can visit. It's on the way to the airport, and just outside of Reykjavik. You can get a tour and since we visited during a snow storm, we had a private tour that was well worth the trip. The people working at the plant could not have been nicer or more helpful. http://orkusyn.is/index.php/english.html
A few things to be aware of:
- No apparently way to turn off exterior lights – makes it hard to see Northern Lights from inside
- TV has very few working channels. This was actually good for my family!
- Good WiFi in common areas.
- The gate to the community where the house is is sometimes locked and you have to get out of your car and lock, then relock it. Not a big deal so mainly an fyi
- Recommend stopping by grocery store on the way to the house so you have supplies and can truly start the relaxation process.
- Some tours, (such as the Super Jeep) that we booked will pick you up at the house rather than having to drive into the city. This saved almost 2 hours and let us avoid driving on certain tours altogether.
Went as part of a group of nine people and we had an amazing time. The property is beautiful and we couldn't recommend it more. We saw the Northern Lights pretty much every night from the hot tub which stayed between 30 and 37 degrees even though it was -15 outside some nights! We preferred the hot tub to the blue lagoon. The owners are very friendly, helpful and very flexible with arrival / departure times. We'd advise hiring a 4x4 if you are travelling during winter months as the roads around the property can be quite difficult to get the cars along. It took us around 60 minutes to drive to Reykjavik due to the snow, but what a fantastic drive. The scenery is just beautiful. The property is also very secluded which we wanted as a group of 20 somethings! We would love to go back in the future as we had such a fantastic time. Thank you for the best holiday we have ever had - we are all missing our time in Iceland already!
The house is located only 50 minutes drive from Reykjavik in a quiet area, with a small river few meters from the house and a panorama view. The house is close to the golden circle, Gullfoss, Geysir and the national park Tingvellir. 5 minutes from the house is a outdoor public swimming pool ( at Minni Borg) with jacuzzi and water slites and two good 18 holes golf courses. There is also a good nine hole golf course which you can play for free. ON the way to Minni Borg swimming pool you pass Kerid, a volcanic crater with lake in the Bottom. The closest village Selfoss is approx. 15 min. driving with all service needed. Eyjafjallajökull is one hour by car.
Berg house is close to Thingvellir, one of the most beautiful place in Iceland. In 2004 Thingvellir was officially added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Thingvellir is not only a natural shrine of outstanding natural beauty, but also a place with a history. Althingi (Parliament) was founded in Thingvellir in 930 and continued to assemble every summer until 1798. Althingi was to regulate common affairs of the country, pass common laws, and arbitrate the disputes between the local areas and decide judicially regarding killings and lawlessness. Prior to the formation of this Althingi each area of the country had its own local thing (governing general assembly) headed by the local godi, the chieftain.
For 868 years every summer, chieftains, farmers who owned land and ordinary men and women from all parts of Iceland left their homes and villages and headed towards Thingvellir for the annual fortnight long meeting which would start on the first Thursday in the eleventh week of each summer. For people coming from the east part of Iceland, the trip on horseback could take up to 17 days.
At Logrétta (Law Council) the Godar, the all powerful local chieftains and bishops gathered to debate and pass new laws and amend old ones. Then the Law-Speaker (lögsögumaður), the president of Lögrétta would stand on a nearby tall cliff, the Law Rock (Lögberg) in Almannagjá and recite the laws from memory. The high lava flank of the fissure behind him gave good accoustics which gave resonace to his voice. His words were recited by other speakers standing on farther cliffs to reach the entire audience.
|Cleaning||$150 + Tax|
Min. stay 7 nights
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.