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Maja Siska

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english, german, icelandic

Peaceful location & view onto volcano Hekla, ideal for trips to sights in South! - Bjalli

34 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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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 2-3 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!

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Details for Bjalli 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, 1 Bathroom

You enter 'Bjalli' through a little entrance room and turn right towards the kitchen and the open dining and sitting area with great views onto volcano Hekla and the surrounding horse and sheep pastures. The separate bed room for 2 also affords views onto Hekla. The bathroom is entered from the entrance room (shower and WC). Climbing up th eopen "samba"stairs you reach the open sleeping loft with 2 low but very comfortable beds (not save for small children). The house seems spacious and bright with its many windows and glass doors. Bjalli is about 700m from Nordurnes and stands near a drop off where elves have been known to live. Through the french windows facing south you can enjoy the views into the landscape all around. In winter - with a little luck - you can see the NORTHERN LIGHTS! A little house right in the middle of Icelandic nature!
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Maja Siska (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Call Owner
Speaks: english, german, icelandic

About Maja Siska

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

Why Maja Siska chose Iceland

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.

What makes this house unique

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.


based on 34 traveler reviews

average rating of 5.0 based on 34 reviews

Beautiful Bjalli!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful, wonderful cabin. We stayed here for two weeks with our sons (6yrs and 3yrs) and had the most amazing holiday!

The cabin is beautiful - light and airy, very tastefully decorated with beautiful original art on the walls. It's location is to die for - in the middle of a meadow on a hill side overlooking more meadows, herds of Icelandic horses, and Hekla volcano! It's so quite and peaceful.

The cabin is located brilliantly for all of Southern Iceland's main attractions - Gullfoss, thingvellir national park, numerous waterfalls, Vik beach etc. All of them with an hour/ two hours drive.

Maja is a delightful woman - friendly, helpful and so knowledgeable about places to visit. She made us all feel so welcome - Bjalli really was a home from home.

The cabin is well equipped, cosy and warm - and you could sit and look at the views all day along.

Thank You Maja for a wonderful and unforgettable holiday!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! It was nice meeting you and I enjoyed seeing how much fun your sons had:) Thank you for staying in Bjalli and maybe see you again one day! All the best, Maja
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Great stay

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Bjalli for 5 days and enjoyed it vert much. The cottage was very "homey" which was great. Everything we needed was there already. The distances to the main attractions are reasonable, we could do 2 or 3 on one day without any problems.

Maja is a very nice lady who will give you very nice tips on what to visit and where you can eat great food.

Thanks for a wonderfull stay Maja!

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your stay! I am glad you enjoyed it. Maybe see you again some day!
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Cosy & Welcoming

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Bjalli for Christmas 2014 & loved it! :)

Maja is so very welcoming & friendly. She is genuinely enthusiastic about Iceland & wants you to enjoy it as much as she does. She is also full of wonderful recommendations & useful information.

In addition, the cottage is well furnished & the little details, such as candles, have been thought of; we wanted for nothing!

We shall definately return to Iceland & hope very much to stay at Bjalli again!

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much. I am so glad you enjoyed your white Christmas in Bjalli! Hope to see you again some day!
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  • 5 of 5

This was our favorite place to stay out of all our travels in Europe. Clean, open layout and windows. We had one very rainy day and were so glad we could spend it at Bjalli. It was so very hard to leave this place. I highly highly recommend it. GREAT jump off to south iceland attractions. Maja is a very nice woman. We had a wonderful time. STAY HERE!

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for this "amazing" review! All the best for your future travels!
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Cosy cottage in a peaceful location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Bjalli for three nights in February 2014 and we were lucky to have spectacular Northern Lights displays each night!

The cottage is warm, cosy and is well equipped. It is in a peaceful location but also handy for the main route 1, so the main attractions of Southern Iceland are within an hour's drive.

We particularly enjoyed Maja's recommendation to visit the Hrunalaug hot spring near Fludir. -7 degrees C that night, but lovely and warm in the hot spring, which we had to ourselves.

Maja was very helpful when we met her the first morning of our stay. She kindly dropped off a set of Allen keys to enable my husband to tighten his tripod, which had become loose.

Thank you Maja for a lovely cottage and a pleasant stay.

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for staying with us! I am glad you had a great stay, a good soak in a very special natural hot spring, AND Northern Lights galore! All the Best!
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A very special place.

  • 5 of 5

Bjalli is a very special place. Many cottages advertised in Iceland are in tight groups or attached to each other. Maja, the owner, has been very clever to situate Bjalli in a location where you feel totally alone in the peace and quiet of nature – but also knowing that her farmhouse is just over the hill. Ideally situated for visiting the variety of nature’s wonders to be found on the south coast of Iceland, Bjalli is also within easy reach of Reykjavik and the international airport is not a daunting distance away to drive. Clean, comfortable and quiet; we spent our relaxation time at Bjalli sitting on the porch watching meadow pipits swooping about, golden plovers tussock hopping and the antics of various other members of the local wildlife. The Hekla volcano is a great sight to wake up to each morning and even Eyjafjallajökull peeps over the horizon on a clear day. Without Maja’s excellent local knowledge and friendly advice we would not have made such good use of our days. Excellent, thanks Maja.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for visiting us! I am very proud of my chosen home country and very happy that you enjoyed Iceland - and Bjalli! - so much! Until we meet again, take care! :)
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Nearest Airport
135 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
20 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
65 Kilometres
Landeyjarharbour, 30 min. to Westman Islands
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
20 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
35 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.


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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Sommer 2016
May 16 2016 - Sep 18 2016
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $13 per night, per additional guest
Nebensaison 2016/17
Sep 19 2016 - May 12 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest
Sommer 2017
May 13 2017 - Sep 23 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Nach isländischer Sitte verlassen Sie das Haus so sauber wie Sie es vorgefunden haben, falls Sie Endreinigung bevorzugen, bezahlen Sie 60,- Euro zusätzlich (bitte bei Buchung angeben), keine weiteren Nebenkosten.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Iceland House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 48 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Towels included, (also bed linen and tea towels). There are public geothermal pools in all neighbouring villages, the nearest is in Laugarland (6km) with hot pot and steam room. Opening hours in the house.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom downstairs - 1 king , Double bed, can be made up as 2 singles upon request
    Sleeping loft, upstairs - 2 twin/ single , 2 comfortable beds, can be made up as a double upon request
  • The downstairs bedroom is made up as a double, unless requested as 2 singles. A steep staircase leads up to the sleeping loft with 2 comfortable low beds (2x 90cm wide). Children are very welcome but must be old enough to safely manouver the unsecured ladder/stairs. Bed linen provided. Great spot for watching the NORTHERN LIGHTS (September until April) as there is no ambient lighting in the area. The house is well insulated and heated and very cozy in fall and winter! Floor space 40sqm plus 16 sqm loft.
  • Books
  • Radio
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Wood Deck
  • 2 garden chairs
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
The kitchen is compact but well equipped. Garden furniture is on the terrace. 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 steep stairs savely. Maps of the region and tips and info on things to do and day trips are in the house! 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!

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