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Ideal for day trips to sights in South, near horse riding, nature all around.

Bedrooms 2
Space 28 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

Cozy country cottage, surrounded by nature, charming and peaceful cottage

This small but comfortable cottage is situated surrounded by nature, in a private location on its own lot, near Lake Gislholt and about 4 km from our farm Skinnhufa. It is furnished and decorated with attention to detail and offers you a typical and homely Icelandic summer house atmosphere all year round.

SEL has beautiful open views into the surrounding pastures, mountains and the lake!

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 SWIMMING 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: during summer months: or year round

Bird watching: From May until the end of July you can watch up to 25 bird species. An owl lives nearby and you can sometimes hear the loons on the lake.

More Details

Maja Siska
Member since: 2010
Speaks english, german, icelandic
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
27 May, 2018

About Maja Siska

Originally german, I have lived here in Iceland since 2000 with my Icelandic husband, icelandic dog, chickens, sheep 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! We have 2 more cottages for rent under nr. 535515.

Maja Siska purchased this house in 2013

Why Maja Siska chose Southern Region

These very cosy summer cottages are a beautiful country hide away with Icelandic flair! Also a great location in the South of Iceland; within easy reach of great day trips and excursions, in summer even into the highlands. And very practical: 80km from Reykjavik and with the little traffic it is always an experience to drive over the scenic pass Hellisheidi to go to town:)

The cottages are about 4 km from our farm and we gladly assist you during your stay if you wish.

What makes this house unique

Calm and cosy atmosphere, beautify landscape, great location for day trips in the South.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Southern Region

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 28 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Free Wifi
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • shower room with WC - toilet , shower enclosure
  • Shower room. Towels included, (also bed linen and tea towels). There are public pools in all neighbouring villages, the nearest is in Laugarland (7km) with hot pot and steam room. Opening hours in the house.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Sleeping loft - 2 single bed , 2 very comfy matrassess, up a ladder.
    Bedroom downstairs - 2 single bed , 2 comfortable beds, 80sm wide.
  • Downstairs is a separate small bedroom with 2 single beds (80cm). The cosy sleeping loft is reached climbing up a ladder: here are 2 very comfortable mattresses (memory foam, 90cm). Especially kids love to sleep up here, but they must be old enough to safely manage the ladder.
  • Books ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse 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, just like the bathroom with shower cabin. Garden furniture is on the balcony. 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 ladder safely. 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. 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! INTERNET: you can f.ex. by a mobile chip from NOVA in Selfoss, for 2000ISK you get 1 GB download.


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Ideal for day trips to sights in South, near horse riding, nature all around.
average rating of 4.9210525 based on 76 reviews

Great location short drive to all the attractions. The cabin was very clean and comfortable.

  • 5 of 5

The cabin was very comfortable and clean. Easy access to all the attractions. Im looking forward to staying here again. Excellent experience!

  • Review Submitted: 06/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just do it!!!

  • 5 of 5

You won't regret booking this cabin! We had a wonderful stay at Sel. It was comfortable and cozy. Maja was wonderful and even warned us about a winter storm that was approaching. Do not hesitate to book this cute cabin!

  • Review Submitted: 26/11/2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place and ideal to stay while visiting the golden circle.

  • 5 of 5

Maja's cabin is located in a beautiful spot in the golden circle area. The cabin is small, comfortable and well equipped. Maja's was a great host and tried to make our days the best possible in poor weather conditions. Our family enjoyed Maja's suggestions and had a great time. Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: 09/04/2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Icelandic getaway (and we saw Northern Lights on several nights!)

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at the Sel cabin! It was cozy, comfortable and a great location in the country for access to the Golden Circle sights of South Iceland. The owner Maja was so nice, communicated well and made sure our stay was very comfortable. We referred to her sightseeing and restaurant recommendations and were very happy with everything! The geography, the people and the culture of Iceland are why we visited and it was all something we won't forget - such a great experience. One of the main reasons we visited was to see the Northern Lights; they were very active several nights we were there - WOW!! A great trip and Maja's property was perfect for us.

  • Review Submitted: 01/04/2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location and well laid out

  • 5 of 5

This surprisingly spacious property which was very clean and well equipped was an ideal base from which to explore the South of Iceland. Maja was a great host and provided us with some great day trip ideas which meant we made maximum use of our time. We would definitely recommend to family and friends and would love to go back.

  • Review Submitted: 02/07/2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing Place & Host!

  • 5 of 5

Recently my family and I had the pleasure of spending a few weeks in Iceland. During this stay we had the privilege of staying at some amazing locations. The sights and sounds of the country were beautiful and our host just made that experience even better. We arrived to find our accommodations just as we expected and during our stay were provided with great recommendations for sights and places to eat by our host. I would highly recommend staying at Maja’s cottage again. Thank you for be such a great host and we could not ask for a better place to stay in Iceland.

  • Review Submitted: 26/06/2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
135 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
20 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
65 Kilometres
Harbour Landeyjarhöfn 30 min. to Westman Islands!
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
20 Kilometres
Car: necessary

The cottages are located near a lake on lots with many busches and trees, sheltered and private, 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, an available via email:

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!

6. A long day but a vey scenic drive along the south coast: to Jökulsarlon, where large glacial ice floats in the lagoon , drifting out to sea.

In Summer you can take a day trip with the highland bus to the hot springs at Landmannalaugar (dep. Hella) or to Thorsmörk.

Eyjafjallajökull & Tindfjallajökull-glacier can be seen 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.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Southern Region

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Sommer 2018
1 May 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
Nebensaison 18/19
1 Oct 2018 - 30 Apr 2019
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$15 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$15 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 50,- Euro zusätzlich,(bitte bei Buchung angeben), keine weiteren Nebenkosten. Mietpreise sind für 2 Personen angegeben, pro Person pro Nacht +10,- Euro .

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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