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About Thor Olafsson
My name is Thor and I was born in Reykjavik Iceland. My wife Svava Björk is an architect and she is the one who designed the entire remodeling of Eirð retreat, which has been going on since the beginnin of 2018. Svava Björk, myself and our 6 children have all been directly involved in the renovation work :) I work internationally as an executive coach and serve as the CEO of a group of companies called the Strategic Leadership Group.
Thor Olafsson purchased this Villa in 2017
Why Thor Olafsson chose Rangárþing ytra
Eirð retreat started as a dream, many many years ago. A dream of working with leaders on grounding themselves as human beings, while creating powerful and sustainable strategies for the organizations they lead. It was always meant to stand by a lake to enjoy the calming energy that comes with a body of water. It was also meant to have an Icelandic forest (bushes ;) ) and privacy. When we found this location, we felt the gods had smiled upon bought it immediately. For us it is a project that will continue to grow and develop over the next few years, as we add meditation spots, yoga facilities, more guesthouses, a sauna, jacuzzi etc. So stay tuned on updates :)
What makes this Villa unique
The visitors we have had so far, mostly friends and some clients, have talked about the lake view and the tranquility as the unique aspects of Eirð. You really feel connected to Icelandic nature here :) The other benefits is the strategic there are so many interesting attractions nearby.
Pool / Spa
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Max guests: 15
Amazing house and location
This house is amazing. Beautiful views and everything you’ll need inside, including a nice big open kitchen.
We used this place to bring two families together ahead of our wedding and it was perfect.
Thor and Svava were wonderful hosts who went above and beyond to make our stay as enjoyable as possible.
Secluded hideaway perfect for large groups
We had an amazing time at this secluded house in the Icelandic countryside! Plenty of space for a group of 12 with a huge communal living room and dining room space. Thor and Svava were immediately responsive to any questions we had! Check-in and check-out were easy! Loved the views and the hot tub! Beautiful home!
Beautiful & big home. Spacious dining area & kitchen. We loved the view and had no problem sharing the space among 13 people. There is no microwave or freezer, this was not a huge problem but just something to be aware. Also, the house got very hot at night (in June) and we were not comfortable opening the windows because there is no screen to keep out bugs. We also wish there were blinds on the windows because it stays light out for the entire night in June. Overall, we had a great time and would recommend this property.
Beautiful property in a wonderfully remote location
The owners of the property are incredibly responsive and helpful. We were their first renters and they did everything to make our stay comfortable and enjoyable. They left us a lovely welcome gift of fruit, yogurt and cheeses. The location is really nice - right on the water. Thor and Svava - thank you for making our 1st trip to Iceland so memorable and enjoyable! The property wasn’t quite finished which is why I rated the accuracy a 4. But I’m sure it will be done soon!
Thank you Ellie :) You and your group were a joy to have stay at Eird Retreat. Thank you for all your pointers...and you are welcome back at any time :)
Thor & Svava Björk
Eirð is very strategically located on the south coast with a large selection of attractions within 30-70 minute drive away, as well as grocery shopping, restaurants and other basic services just minutes away.
For example, you can find some of Iceland's best known volcanoes, waterfalls, glaciers and rivers within a 30 minute drive from Eirð. And Icelands most spectacular volcano center is in Hvolsvöllur town, about a 25 minute drive from us.
Famous sites such as Thingvellir where worlds oldest continually running democratic parliament was founded by viking settlers is easily part of a day tour from Eirð. Gullfoss waterfall and the Geysir area fit neatly into that same day tour and we would recommend lunch at the eco friendly tomato farmers Friðheimar.
If you travel east along Iceland's ring road you will find both Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull volcanoes, along with our very famous highlands called Þórsmörk. Þórsmörk is in our view a must see, but for this you will need a good 4x4 vehicle. On that same route you can walk behind the magical Seljalandsfoss waterfall and be awed by the powerful Skógarfoss waterfall.
Caves, hot springs, white water rafting, biking, snowmobiling, hiking and snorkeling are then also activities we can guide you towards....all an easy day tour from Eirð.