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

Bedrooms 1
Space 516 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights




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!

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About the property

With a view onto volcano Hekla

(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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Maja Siska
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, german, icelandic
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 17, 2017

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.

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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.


South House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 516 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome ...
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
  • 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
  • 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!


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(50 traveler reviews)

average rating of 5.0 based on 50 reviews
Berkshire, England

Warm and homely

  • 5 of 5

Excellent isolated location, very warm, and homely, comfortable cottage. Maja is very helpful with information of places to visit. We will definitely return one day.

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
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Great House, Great Location

  • 5 of 5

A lovely, cozy cottage in the middle of a perfectly snowy nowhere. Within easy distance of both the golden circle and the south coast. The day trips suggested by the owner were really useful - the Secret Lagoon and Sólheimajökulll were our favs. Would totally recommend Bjalli. Thanks Maja!

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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Fantastic Bjalli

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I had the pleasure of staying at Bjalli for 5 nights last week. We had a fantastic holiday. Maja is a fabulous host and provided easy to follow directions to get there, tips and advice before/whilst we were there. Bjalli was a romantic home from home with all amenities, don't expect boutique but do expect a well thought out accommodation in the wilderness of Iceland, yet with most attractions within easy drive. Friends recommended this property to us, and I would certainly recommend it to you. We wanted to be remote and explore Iceland without a travel company or tourist bus, and Bjalli proved the ideal location. Thank You Maja. We'll be back! Paul

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
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Best house we have stayed

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful house is the best place you could stay at in Iceland. We spend Christmas there and Maja put a little chrismastree with a little present in the house. The house is a bit further up in the hills so you need to have a 4x4wheel car in the winter. Once you are up there, you dont see any other house. One night we could see northern lights, and it was the best experience ever. The house is very clean and all the facilities you need are provieded. The communication with Maja was super easy and she help us out with everything. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing in every way!

  • 5 of 5

We spent three fabulous days at Maja's incredible cottage. Wonderfully located, perfectly decorated and spotlessly clean. The kitchen had more than enough equipment and spices for us to do all of our cooking at the cottage. We would return to the cottage if we ever return to wonderful Iceland.

Maja is fantastic and extremely helpful on every level. She has a great informational binder at the cottage, and is also very helpful in person.

The best!

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Gorgeous cottage in an ideal spot to explore south-east Iceland

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Bjalli for 3 nights in October 2016 and after arriving during the worst storm for 15 years the cottage was a much needed peaceful, welcoming and most importantly warm base! Maja came to check we had arrived safe which was much appreciated and her tips for day trips were invaluable. The cottage has everything you need for a self-catered trip and the views are breathtaking. It's isolated location also meant we saw the Northern Lights clearly, and could top up our wine glasses whilst watching! We had a wonderful break here and would love to return one day.

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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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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