A wood panelled old guest room in a wood panelled old house, with the most majestic views to the valley behind, and the fjord in front.
This is a vacation rental with a story. Our characterful home dates from 1902 and has been restored with love and colour by our own hands. It overlooks the sea and mountains to the front and the wild valley to the back. We have maintained the character of the house and it has traditional wood panelled walls throughout.
Bed linens and towels are included.
There is electric heating but also, unusually for Iceland, a wood burning stove for those cosy winter evenings! There is plenty of outdoor parking, even big enough for an RV.
There is a huge wildflower meadow garden for kids and adults to run around in, and depending upon the time of year and how diligent we have been with gardening, rhubarb, herbs, and strawberries to pick. And of course in autumn the hillsides are covered in bilberries, blueberries and crow berries and the woods full of mushrooms.
The house is spread over 2 floors. Upstairs is the main bedroom (the room for rent, with a double mattress on the floor & double goose feather duvet) opening onto the living room, a hallway, a toilet, and a fully equipped kitchen.
Downstairs is a bathroom/ laundry room (bath, shower, washing machine), and an extra bedroom which is available only by booking the whole house through our other listing 'Cosy Isafjordur Holiday Cottage'.
Please note there is a trapdoor leading to the staircase between floors (the front door is on first floor). We detail safe use of this in our house rules. If you have mobility issues we would recommend that you enquire further with us before booking. There is a back door entry that can be arranged.
Interaction with Guests
We, apparently, are absolutely lovely hosts! We're an English/ Icelandic collaboration with lots of stories and tips for an unforgettable stay. We want guests to go away with magic in their hearts. Orri is there in winter and In summer we are around irregularly. We can let you know when you book and will be happy to meet with you to share advice if we are in town.
There is great hiking and biking right out of the front door, and the Westfjords in general is one of the most beautiful places on earth to explore, with natural hot springs to boot! Being on the coast there are also many possibilities for fishing, sea kayaking, whale watching and boat trips to nearby islands and the Hornstrandir nature reserve.
You will have the deepest sleep here. The most common sounds are of birds and the waves breaking.
At 66 degrees north, it is the land of midnight sun in summer and the northern lights in winter so whatever the season you will find magic here.
This house is a retreat from the crazy world out there. Beautiful and comfortable but without too many modern trappings. It is located in the hamlet of Hnifsdalur, halfway between the Westfjords capital Isafjordur and the fishing village of Bolungarvik (10min drive to each), both of which have supermarkets, banks, restaurants, swimming pools (with hot tubs and saunas of course!). There is a bus stop right outside the house, with services to both towns. Isafjordur is a 7hr drive or 40min flight from Iceland's capital, Reykjavik.
**NB Sarah will be around for the month of July 2015 and is a guide. She will be happy to be a personal guide for guests with their own vehicle, both to local sites and less known spots in the region. ***
Other Things to Note
If coming in winter (late Sept - early May) please check road conditions on vegagerdin-dot- is, before making plans to drive up. We cannot refund last minute cancellations because of bad weather. It is part of coming to the Arctic Circle.
This is our home. Please treat it with love and respect.
Please absolutely no smoking inside the house, and no pets.
As it is a wooden house we'd prefer you didn't burn candles. If you must, keep them enclosed and do not leave unattended.
If you do not know how to light a fire/ use a woodburner, please do not use it. Call Orri if you need it lit, but there is also electric heating. If you do know how to use fires, please note :do not overload the wood burner. Keep feeding it a bit at a time, otherwise the pressure might blow the system.
You will find the house clean when you arrive, so please leave it clean when you depart. Our minimal cleaning fees are only for basic cleaning between reservations. If it is found unclean on your departure the security deposit may be withheld.
Whatever the weather, make sure you go outside and explore the wild nature!
Staying at Sarah and Orris was BRILLIANT! Their house is wonderful and full of intriguing books, pictures, and ornaments. The house was warm and clean and spacious. Orri was a great host who was always contactable and ensured we had a great time. He was flexible with our arrival and departure times (the weather was a tad unpredictable) and he provided us with delicious baked goods on arrival. I would definitely recommend staying at Orri and Sarah's house, not just for the house itself, but also for the surroundings. Hnifsdalur is a really beautiful place to stay, great for seeing the Northern Lights! Will definitely be back - thanks Orri!! Jen x
A cozy house with beautiful views of the fjord. Everything was in order, as expected. Orri went out of his way to make sure everything was taken care of and gave me some wonderful suggestions of nearby hot pools to take a dip in. I would definitely come again for a longer stay!
Sarah and Orri's house was PERFECT! So cosy and located in very beautiful scenery. I very much enjoyed the little hike through the valley behind their home and a visit to a really great fish restaurant that Sarah recommended. This is a home away from home, two nights was not long enough, Thank you Sarah and Orri.
Sarah and Orri are fantastic!!! They made our stay extra special by socializing with me and my wife. They added to our trip by making us live a real icelandic experience. The house is awesome, very cosy and comfortable... Some parts look like a Van Gogh painting...!!!
Communication with Sarah and Orri was friendly and reliable. We felt very comfortable and welcome in their charming, with love to detail furnished home. The area is gorgeous. Right behind the house starts a wonderful hiking trail. In the evening we marveled romantic sunsets over the stunning fjord landscape. We were very pleased to meet Orri personally and had very interesting conversations with him. He is a very nice man and allowed us to better understand the Icelandic soul. Orri gave us lots of insider tips that led us to great places. We recommend this charming house with its interesting inhabitants and a longer stay in the magnificent Westfjords.
Sarah and Orri's place is in a stunning and quiet location overlooking the fjord and close to vibrant Isafjordur. If you like modern design, this will not be your thing. But if you like cosy and rustic, look no further.
Maison adorable et très propre. Nous n'avons pas malheureusement pas eu la chance de rencontrer Sarah et Orri mais avons pu disposer librement de la maison et des informations touristiques à disposition. Très chouette expérience!
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