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Art & Nature Retreat in Iceland - The Crib Rocks

SuperhostBorgarnes, Western Region, Iceland
Entire house hosted by Michelle
6 guests3 bedrooms3 beds1.5 baths
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Experience monumental & expansive views. Relax in a serene & uniquely inspirational setting with 180° vistas conducive to repose. Our home is set upon the edge of a peninsula poetically named Saeunn - Sea, she who is loved. View majestic extinguished volcanoes and glaciers from the comfort of our living room. Nurture symbiosis in a natural environment. Discover mind blowing nature on the many nearby rural hiking paths that lead you to a myriad of epic landscapes.

The space
COMFORT
The spacious design of our Mid-Century Modern home is great for family stays, reunions with friends and creative retreats . The wood paneled walls are adorned with original artwork, framed geological and hiking maps of the region, and a classical and acoustic guitar. The living and dining rooms are beautifully furnished with comfortable sofas and a large dining table that overlook the estuary and ocean. The bedrooms are furnished with comfortable beds, blankets, linens, & sheets. And the bathrooms are equipped with natural Icelandic soap, shampoo and towels. The kitchen is fully stocked with an array of spices, vinegar and oils. The pantry has some basics for late arrivals.

DESIGN
Our home was featured in Korea's In Style Magazine and has been filmed in numerous documentaries one of which was shown in the exhibition at Tales of Iceland in downtown Reykjavik.

NEARBY SITES
Drive in any direction and you shall encounter spectacular monumental nature. Head towards the west, to the marvels of the Snaefellsnes National Park, to the inspiration of Jules Verne's novel Journey to the Center of the Earth. The north of the peninsula is noted for exceptional whale watching tours by the small outfitters Laki. Kirkjufell is another legendary mountain famous for its appearance in the Game of Thrones. Another famed location is Stykkishólmur known as Greenland in the film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Then continue to the Breidafjordur nature reserve another UNESCO site . Drive south to Glymur and hike Iceland's second highest waterfall at 198 m. Then continue to the Golden Circle. East of Borgarnes is again another wild landscape and the source of our water. It is home to the Hraunfoss waterfall, the state-of-the-art geothermal Spa Krauma , the epic archives of Icelandic legends in Reykholt and the entrance to Into the Glacier.

Marvel pristine coastlines and visit quaint villages. Patient hikers may spot arctic foxes, falcons, and or seals. Hiking, geothermal hot pot hunting, horseback riding and golfing are great past times. During the fall, wintertime and springtime northern lights sweep through the skies.

Guest access
Enjoy the balcony and garden on warm summer nights. The garden is great place to view nature at your footstep and photograph the Northern lights, which are often sighted from inside as well as outside.

NORTHERN LIGHTS

Northern lights are often seen from our home given the right conditions such as no clouds and can be seen anywhere from late August until April. In the fall lenticular clouds formations are common. In the winter ice floes float out the estuary into the ocean.

Other things to note
HIGHLIGHTS
We are pleased to help you map out your journey and share our recommendations. We tour the island often and know many local unique spots.

COVID19 AND PEACE OF MIND
Our booking system has been adjusted to block 72 hrs before and after each booking. Our minimum booking is now 3 days. We hope that these safety measures and the highlights mentioned below will enhance the quality of your stay and encourage local cultural engagement.

ART & YOGA
I offer complimentary art lessons daily for all levels and ages while my partner offers yoga lessons. The lessons take place in my art studio adjacent the rental property. Please inquire at the time of booking for availability.

LANGUAGE
Learning a few words in Icelandic will help you in your journey and make your experience more authentic. Join me for a coffee and I will teach you phrases that will enrich your experience. I speak English, German, Dutch, Italian and Icelandic. Samuele speaks Italian, English and French.

FREE ENTRANCE
Show that you stayed at a Borgarnes BNB by presenting your receipt to the Settlement Center in Borgarnes and receive a free entry into one of their cultural and award winning exhibitions.

License number
LG-REK-012573
Experience monumental & expansive views. Relax in a serene & uniquely inspirational setting with 180° vistas conducive to repose. Our home is set upon the edge of a peninsula poetically named Saeunn - Sea, she who is loved. View majestic extinguished volcanoes and glaciers from the comfort of our living room. Nurture symbiosis in a natural environment. Discover mind blowing nature on the many nearby rural hiking pat…

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed
Bedroom 3
1 double bed

Amenities

Heating
Hangers
Kitchen
Cable TV
Bathtub
Free parking on premises
Free street parking
Essentials
Carbon monoxide alarm
Laptop-friendly workspace

Accessibility

Getting inside

No stairs or steps to enter
Well-lit path to entrance
Step-free path to entrance

Moving around the space

Wide hallways

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Borgarnes, Western Region, Iceland

Our town Borgarnes is an ideal home-base to explore in all directions. It has the luxury of a local geothermal swimming pool with hotpots, saunas and a Jacuzzi with epic views. Borgarnes is a quaint village with astonishingly exceptional cuisine and a historical presence that takes you back to the firsts Icelandic sagas.

Borgarnes boasts innovative and traditional cuisine at the The Settlement Center Restaurant and the English Mans Cove - Englendingavík. Both locations are unique for either their historical experiences or legendary views. The Geirabakari Kaffihus was the famed filming location of Papa Joe's in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and also famous for their love purses - an Icelandic sweet cake. The Kaffi Kyrrð serves mouth watering home-made waffles in a quirky home cafe. Ljómalind Farmers Market has home made ice cream, fresh eggs and more local delights. La Colina is the only place to eat a real pizza.

The mysterious and continually changing Snæfellsnes peninsula flaunts the most diversity of anywhere in Iceland, with formations from nearly every epoch in Iceland's geological history. Patient hikers may spot arctic foxes, eagles or falcons. Seals, whales and dolphins can be spotted further up in the coast and are best seen with a tour.

1) WEST Driving around the Snæfelsjokull glacier. (the volcano mentioned in Jules Verne novel Journey to the Center of the Earth.) The road around the glaciers has many stops and short hikes. This is a full day trip. Hiking the glacier is a separate day trip. As is Whale watching with Laki Tours in Grundafjordur.

2) EAST Driving through the Reykjholt Valley, hiking Hestfjall and visiting the Stedje Brewery. Into the glacier Ice tour, Hotel Husafel fine dining, and the Cave tour at Víðgelmir. Or experience the highest flow hot spring luxury baths which open this fall - Krauma at the Deildartungahver. Visit the artist Pall Husafell known for his stone and drift wood instruments.

3) Hiking Glymur the highest waterfall in Europe.

Coastal drives, fishing, golfing, geothermal hot pot hunting and hiking are great past times. During the fall, wintertime and springtime NORTHERN LIGHTS sweep through the skies.

The Saga Route is a historical literary travel route that passes through Borgarnes.
Our town Borgarnes is an ideal home-base to explore in all directions. It has the luxury of a local geothermal swimming pool with hotpots, saunas and a Jacuzzi with epic views. Borgarnes is a quaint village wi…

Hosted by Michelle

Joined in June 2012
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I'm an artist and if I am not painting, teaching art, or exhibiting, chances are I am brushing up on language skills or baking up a new recipe. Otherwise I am on an endless journey, traveling and finding ways to do it better. Hosting is a fantastic means of having the travel experience while remaining in one place. Cultural exchange and the dynamic of visitors encountering monumental nature and creativity is an invaluable experience. I like both roles.
I'm an artist and if I am not painting, teaching art, or exhibiting, chances are I am brushing up on language skills or baking up a new recipe. Otherwise I am on an endless journey…
During your stay
Let us know if there's something special you need and we'll do our best to arrange it for you.

For groups of 7 to 8 persons: It is possible to book both my neighbors one bedroom apartment which is steps away from our home and our home simultaneously to accommodate a larger group or family. If you don't see availability please send a message and I will inquire for you.

Upon arrival:
It's advisable to grocery shop close to Reykjavik or Keflavik. The stores may not offer the variety of produce you are accustomed to. Kronan and Víðir in Reykjavik have a larger selection than the grocery stores in Borgarnes. If you are a Costco member you can register for a temporary card and shop at their Icelandic store in Gardabaer. If you like to drink it is advised to purchase alcoholic beverages at the airport duty free store. Otherwise there is a Vinbudin store which sells alcohol.

Responsibility & Environment:
Safetravel.is is the most comprehensive weather and safety website. Always check this site daily before making plans.

We encourage our guests to refrain from bringing personal products with pollutants - instead we provide friendly alternatives from Soley Organics in a permanent dispenser. Eating out reduces waste (plastic packaging) and supports the local economy (many restaurants use local produce). This year we have eliminated plastic sponges and brushes from our kitchen and introduced ecologically certified cleaning products.

Please say no to plastic whenever possible and help keep our planet green.

We offer cable TV although so few people use it that we only connect it upon request. Please let us know before your arrival and we will connect it if you desire.
Let us know if there's something special you need and we'll do our best to arrange it for you.

For groups of 7 to 8 persons: It is possible to book both my neighbors o…
Michelle is a Superhost
Superhosts are experienced, highly rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests.
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Things to know

House rules
Check-in: After 4:00 PM
Checkout: 12:00 PM
Self check-in with lockbox
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events
Safety & Property
Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm