Luxury family cottage only 30 min from Reykjavik

Entire home/flat

6 guests

3 bedrooms

5 beds

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About this listing

Two story custom built family cottage (100m2) with spectacular views, large patio with whirlpool, small yards and big natural garden with small streams in a safe and quiet gated cottage area in a beautiful valley in Hvalfjordur. Only 30 min drive from Reykjavik city limit and close to a number of tourist attractions like the Golden Circle.
Cozy and comfortable; a perfect getaway for couples, adventure spot for families and groups of friends. Amazing Northern Lights frequent when dark at night.

The space

The cottage is fully equipped and has wooden panels both on the outside and inside, and laminate floors (tiles in bathroom).
A large patio is all around the house with e.g. a whirlpool (hot tub), patio set, and a large gas grill (barbecue).

Ground floor has 1) an entrance with closets for overcoats, cleaning supplies etc.; 2) an open dining and living area with a patio door, dining table, sofa/sofa table, buffets, and a fully equipped open kitchen; 3) large family room with a flat screen TV, a DVD player and multi-media hard drive, leather corner sofa/sofa table, toy box, and a desk/office chair with a computer available to guests; 4) kids bedroom with a bunk bed, bedside table, closet, bins with toys, and a container full of LEGOs; 5) bathroom with a large shower and laundry area (washer and dryer); and 6) bedroom with a large bunk-bed (lower bunk 120cm, upper bunk 90cm) and a chest of drawers.

The second floor has a large (master)bedroom with a sloping ceiling, a California King size bed, bedside tables, chest of drawers, and a balcony with a small patio set.

Seven comfy pillows and comforters with sheets, and a few blankets are in the house. Beds have protective sheets. Large and small towels.

For infants/toddlers: Two Tripp trapp chairs (no straps), IKEA high chair, two playpens (travel cribs/beds) with infant sized pillow/comforter/sheets and soft blankets, infant swing, kids tableware, bibs, stroller (front with a seat for infant/toddler, back for standing toddler/young child), stepping stool, potty, toilet insert, infant bath tub and hooded towel.

Fire extinguishers (up- and downstairs), fire escape ladder for balcony, first-aid kit, fire blanket, vacuum cleaner, small hairdryer, iron/small iron board and much more is available to guests.

Natural/organic hand soaps, shampoo, conditioner, shower soap, washing liquid, dishwasher detergent and cleaning supplies are available for guests.

The kitchen has good storage space, and e.g. a microwave, oven with a ceramic stove, dishwasher, refrigerator/freezer, blender, toaster, coffee maker, boiler, digital scale, bowls, pots and pans, kitchenware for around 8-10, a shelve with spices and a few other things for cooking that guests are welcome to use as well as a drawer with foils, bags etc.

We have board games, playing cards, books, etc. in the cabinets that the guests are welcome to use.

The only closet "off limit" is the one in the TV room where we store our private things, and the one above the microwave in the kitchen. The storage area under the house is also off limit.

Guest access

The last 7 km, after you turn into Miðdalur, is a gravel road so please drive carefully.

The cottage has a private parking area with gravel for 2-3 cars, different sized yards; one for playing/dining surrounded by a hedge with a small bridged stream running through it, one with two swings, and one with a fireplace and steps down into the natural garden that is fenced and has four small streams merging into one. Perfect for kids to play in and around.

In August both blueberries and crowberries grow wild and by the kitchen garden rughbarb also grows wild.

A kids playground, and a football/soccer field is around a 5-10 min walk from the cottage, inside the gated area.

A trash can is on the patio, and containers just outside the mobile gate.

Interaction with guests

We live in the city but can always be reached by phone, text messages and email with anything that comes up, questions or concerns.

Other things to note

Please read the House Manual before you arrive. There we attempt to explain everything that we feel is important for you know so that you can make the most out of your stay.

The space
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 3
Beds: 5
Check In: Flexible
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Entire home/flat
Self check-in: Lockbox


Extra people: 9 / night after 5 guests
Cleaning Fee: 73
Weekly Discount: 10%
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
1 bunk bed
Bedroom 3
1 bunk bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in time is flexible

This is a family owned cottage that we designed and built ourselves with the help of carpenters in 2008-2009. We expect guests to take good care of it. No more than six guests are allowed.

The cottage will be cleaned by us but you should leave the house in the order it was when you checked in, tableware washed, trash in the containers that are located just outside the mobile gate, and the hot tub securely strapped.

Please do not wash the linens (sheet sets). If you need to change them please use the spare ones in the cabinets/drawers and inform us so we can plan accordingly. We are very particular about how, with what and on which program and temperature they are washed :-)

During the winter you should NOT turn the heaters all the way down when you check out. If temp goes below 0C (32F) the water in the pipes could freeze and the pipes explode.

More details in the House Manual that you get access to when we have accepted your reservation.



Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 5 days of your trip and the first night is non-refundable, but 50% of the cost for the remaining nights will be refunded.

Safety features
Smoke detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

3 nights minimum stay

68 Reviews

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Piper User Profile
July 2017
Stayed at this cottage in July 2017 with my husband and our 17 year old son. This is a beautiful wooden structure with views of a scenic valley. Not far into the hills, but nonetheless there is a steep headwall with snow in July above. The house is spotless, spacious, stylish, and filled with small, homey touches. It also has character, thanks to the wood crafts done by the owners. Delightful to sit on the porch and look out at the garden & the view on a summer evening. There is a guide to the house with clear explanations for how to use the dishwasher, washing machine, etc. The furniture is comfortable and the kitchen is well-supplied. The hosts were professional and prompt with communications. We will definitely stay again if we have a chance to return to Iceland.

Amanda User Profile
July 2017
Oddny and Palmi's cottage was the perfect place for our family of 4 to stay in Iceland. It is beautifully set into the hillside and is ideally situated in a quiet area but within reasonable driving distances from many sites we wanted to visit (Gullfoss, Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Geysir, Thingvellir, Vik, etc.). The valley the cottage overlooks is gorgeous and there are views of snow-covered mountains, quiet farmland, and green hills. The views were spectacular. Oddny and Palmi were the perfect hosts and communication with them before and during the trip was excellent. The cottage was immaculate and had everything we needed to feel at home, including toys for our young children. I would highly recommend this cottage and hope to visit again some day.

Jamie User Profile
June 2017
It was a lovely stay

Betsy User Profile
June 2017
Our stay here was fantastic! The house more than met our expectations. It was clean, well located for our adventures, and full of everything we needed and more. Staying here was like staying in our own home. The communication from Oddny was timely, clear, and full of information. We traveled to Geyser, Gulfoss, Thingvellir, Glymer, and the hot springs of Reykjadalur easily. Staying here and cooking our own meals in the fully equipped kitchen helped to keep the cost of our trip down. My three young children slept well in the darkened downstairs bedrooms despite the long hours of sun. We would highly recommend this house.

Kristina User Profile
June 2017
We had the most amazing time at Oddny and Palmi's cabin. The cabin was just over an hour from the Keflavik airport and about 30 minutes from Reykjavik. We used the cabin as a base camp and took several day trips throughout Iceland. It was so nice to come back to each evening. The views as you drive up are spectacular and the cabin itself is so peaceful and relaxing. It was also incredibly clean and had absolutely everything we needed. When I thought we were out of laundry soap I messaged Oddny as to where to buy more and she told me about three more bottles I had missed. So everything was well stocked and we had everything we needed. Oddny was amazing at communication and was incredibly helpful. She was always available via message or phone and when I wrote her messages through Airbnb she responded so quickly. It was so nice to have her help and insights on both the cabin and Iceland itself. Palmi is an incredibly talented craftsman and his work is displayed throughout the cabin. We ran out of time to visit his shop but I wish we could have visited it. Next time we will block our time to visit his shop, meet him and buy some of his incredible pieces. Overall we had an amazing stay and would go back in a heartbeat. Thanks Oddny and Palmi for a wonderful stay! We made memories that will last a lifetime.

Josh User Profile
June 2017
This place is BEAUTIFUL. The pictures do not accurately describe how beautiful this place is. Perfectly clean and the cabin is very modern and nice. Oddny was very communicative and was great to deal with.

Andrew User Profile
May 2017
We had a wonderful time at Oddny's place. This is my first time of using Airbnb and if this is anything to go by then I'll be sure to it again. Oddny's place was beautiful, secluded yet within easy access of all major roads to get you to the sights. The hosts are the best kind, heard but not seen. Always available should you need them but they have the place set up so good that you never need to. To all those looking at this property, go for it. Trust me you won't be disappointed. Thanks again Oddny.

Kopavogur, IcelandJoined in October 2014
Oddny Anna User ProfileOddny Anna is a superhost.

Mom of three wonderful boys (11, 9 and almost 3), Foodie, Organic Enthusiast, Environmentalist, Animal Protectionist and Consumer Rights Activist.

Former Managing Director of an organic/natural products distributor, today a Manager for Environmental, Community and Public Health projects for the second largest supermarket chain in Iceland, KRONAN.

Married to Palmi Einarsson, an industrial designer that runs his own design house, Geislar hönnunarhús, in Reykjavik (

Enjoy spending time with my family and friends, especially in our wonderful cottage that Palmi designed and built in 2008 with the help of carpenters.

A couple of years ago, a few months after our youngest son was born, we decided to share our cottage with people from all over the world to help cover the cost of running two homes. A true "win-win" situation, especially since it has worked really well so far :-)

You can find me on LinkedIn.

Languages: English
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Response time: within a few hours

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