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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 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
26 March, 2017

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 Iceland

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 South

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 28 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 4
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • 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.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(42 traveller reviews)

Ideal for day trips to sights in South, near horse riding, nature all around.
average rating of 4.904762 based on 42 reviews

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: Jul 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
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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: Jun 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ideal Getaway

  • 5 of 5

I don't know what else I can say that hasn't already been said in previous reviews but I will try. This place was perfect for us, a real retreat and a place to escape from it all. Set in an idyllic location with breath-taking scenery, it was lovely to hear the birds in the evening, which was relaxing.

The cabin is well equipped and the Wi-Fi worked a treat, better than anticipated. We met Maja who was very helpful, accommodating and is on hand should you need anything (which we didn't).

We had booked well in advanced and were very excited about our first trip to Iceland and we were not disappointed.

I would definitely recommend this holiday cottage and we hope to return again someday!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
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Wonderful cabin and a great location.

  • 4 of 5

The Sel cabin was warm, well appointed and had plenty of room for 4. The location is well situated to see all the sites around the golden circle and beyond, but still in a remote and peaceful environment after a big day of adventure. Our host had plenty of advice on where to go and what to do which also helped to fill our days. Thanks for a wonderful time!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 16, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

I can hardly think of words adequate to describe my 7 day stay at the Sel. I wish I was still there. Clean is always a priority for me and it was that. It was cozy and so peaceful. It was a delight to come back to after a day of exploring the south coast. It was central and ideal to get to places. The dirt/gravel road brought back fond memories of growing up in rural Canada; as did the sheep that were always feeding on or beside the road. Thank you Maja for all your helpful suggestions. Even though I was travelling alone and I saw you only once, I knew you were 'present' should I need anything. It felt very comfortable and safe. Thank you again!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
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Absolutely Adorable

  • 5 of 5

Sel is an adorable cottage in which you instantly feel at home. It is the perfect place to stay for either bunkering down in the wilderness or using it as a base for day trips to the many must see locations along the south coast. The cottage is very clean, stocked with everything you need and is very easy to reach. Given the time of our stay (mid February) we rented a 4WD and had no troubles navigating the roads.

Maja was extremely friendly and helpful. She provided comprehensive directions and details on all of the attractions in the area.

I would definitely recommend this property to family or a friend.

Thanks Maja :)

  • Review Submitted: Feb 16, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2015
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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
Nearest Beach
35 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 South

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Nebensaison 2016/17
19 Sep 2016 - 12 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$14 per night, per additional guest
Sommer 2017
13 May 2017 - 23 Sep 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$14 per night, per additional guest
Nebensaison 17/18
1 Oct 2017 - 1 Apr 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$14 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$21 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 canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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