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

Bedrooms Studio
Space 32 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights




Through the separate entrance room you enter the one room cottage and take in the views into the landscape and onto volcano Hekla. The bright room has a double door onto the deck and large windows. The kitchenette functions well and you can enjoy the view onto Hekla from the dining table. The separate bathroom has a shower and WC. Up the 'chicken ladder' and you reach the open sleeping loft with 2 low beds (made up as a double unless requested as 2 singles): it is cozy here and in wintertime you can look straight out into the night sky and - with a little luck!- enjoy the NORTHERN LIGHTS! The ladder and sleeping loft are not secure for small children!

The sofa downstairs pulls out into a bed (140cm wide). Around the house are open countryside and horse pastures. You have your own piece of Iceland here! (The other cottage Bjalli is 700m away and cannot be seen from here.)

Information on day trips provided!

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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 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
21 June, 2018

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 Southern Region

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Southern Region

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 32 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • soap
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Free Wifi
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • Towels included, (also bed linen and tea towels). There are public pools in all neighbouring villages, the nearest is in Laugarland (6km) with hot pot and steam room. Opening hours in the house.
  • Studio, Sleeps 3
  • Sleeping loft - 1 extra lg. double bed , Made up as a double, but you can request 2 singles instead.
    sofa bed - 1 double bed , Bedding upon request.
  • Upstairs on the sleeping loft (up the chicken ladder) there are 2 low beds made up as a double, unless requested otherwise.During winter you need just a little luck and you could see Northern Lights, from your bed! Ideal spot as there is no ambient lighting in the area. Downstairs is a sleeping sofa (140cm wide, queen size), bedding upon request. The house is well insulated and heated and very cozy in fall and winter, see recommendations!
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • wooden decking
  • 2 garden chairs
  • long term rentals available
  • 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
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
The kitchen is compact but well equipped. Garden furniture is on the terrace. Excellent drinking water directly from the tap, it doesn´t get better than this! Children are welcome but they have to be old enough to climb up the unsecured chicken ladder savely. Maps of the region and tips and info on things to do and day trips are in the house! CD player and 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!


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Gemütliche Tage im Nirgendwo

  • 5 of 5

Unsere Zeit, die wir bei Maja in Ihrem wunderschönen Haus verbringen durften, wird uns immer in Erinnerung bleiben. Auch wenn wir wegen Sturm 2 Tage fest sassen, war es die schönste Zeit, die wir uns hätten wünschen können.

Das Haus fühlt sich an wie ein zu Hause, der Blick aus dem Fenster am Bett ist einmalig und macht richtig Lust darauf am Morgen aufzustehen. Es ist eine richtige Erholung, vor allem, wenn man wie wir aus dem Grossstadttrubel kommt.

Maja und ihr Mann waren so hilfsbereit, dass wir unseren Dank gern auch hier nochmals aussprechen würden.

Macht weiter so und wir würden uns freuen nochmals kommen zu dürfen.

  • Review Submitted: 13/02/2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Comfortable cottage at a great location

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Nordurnes. Such a warm cozy atmosphere to return to each day. Many beautiful places to visit are within an hour and a half. Maja stopped by soon after we arrived and welcomed us, accompanied by the awesome Icelandic sheepdog, Skinna. Maja has information about various places of interest as well as directions in the cottage which helped us plan our day trips. This was our first visit to Iceland and we were so pleased to have chosen Nordurnes. Our last night, we saw the Northern Lights which provided such a great ending to our trip.

  • Review Submitted: 16/11/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Setting For Relaxation, Excellent Location For Touring

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed five nights at Nordurnes. It was nice to get away from it all and just sit outside and listed to the sheep bleat, the horses neigh, and the snipes make that other-worldly sound as they flew around.

Nordurnes is very close to all the standard Golden Circle sites. We broke that into two days and added Reykjadalur and a couple of other small side trips. It is also within striking distance of a daytrip to Jokulsarlon. We were able to make our big day trip there and back, seeing the major falls and Vik along the way (14 hours round trip taking our time, but awesome).

The cottage itself was great for the two of us. We prefer firm beds, so they were great for us. The kitchen had the items we needed to make decent meals each evening when we returned from exploring. Skinna only came by once with Maja, but she is an amazing little sheep dog!

Overall, a wonderful cottage. We would like to come back to watch Aurora.

  • Review Submitted: 06/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean, cozy house and beautiful sceneries

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 3 nights at this property over December, hoping to get an original winter experience in Iceland. The stay exceeded our expectation in all aspects. Everything we saw, hear, felt dazzled us (including the northern lights on the last night of our stay!). The house was cozy and had all the possible amenities we needed. On top of that, our host Maja not only provided the cozy house but also travel advices, weather warnings and other information that perfected our stay. Thank you, Maja! To future travellers: come stay here!

  • Review Submitted: 26/12/2016
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely Holiday Home

  • 4 of 5

The Baja house was very welcoming, warm, and well-lit upon our late night arrival. This very small holiday house was tastefully decorated and just the right size for our honeymoon stay. The home owner was very accommodating and friendly, ensuring that our stay was going well and even offered recommendations for local tourist activities. Her Icelandic horses (on property) were also very sweet. Not a luxury home, but very comfortable stay. The location was beautiful, and the cottage was well-priced, clean, and overall we had a very lovely stay. Only recommendation - I would suggest adding full railings on the loft bedroom, to protect sleep-walking prone husbands from a potential in-advertant fall in the middle of the night :-)

  • Review Submitted: 03/12/2016
  • Date of Stay: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cosy Cottage, perfect location, great welcome.

  • 5 of 5

We spent 3 nights in Nordurnes in early November. We had a wonderful time. Maja gave us excellent recommendations about places to visit and eat. The cottage is warm , and had all the equipment we needed. Iceland was amazingly beautiful despite the rain and mist and we were snug and warm in Nordurnes as the gales raged outside. We hope to visit again very soon.

  • Review Submitted: 02/12/2016
  • Date of Stay: November 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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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
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.