About this listing
Our vacation cabin is secluded, yet not far from the small town of Klaustur. A small and cozy cabin, with one bedroom with a double bed and a sleeping loft with four mattresses. Perfect base for visiting the south, Skaftafell and the glacier lagoon.
Small and cozy cabin. Beautiful view.
Living room, WC, shower, one bedroom and sleeping loft for 2 adults and maybe 2 kids additionally. Everything you need is in the cabin, TV (only one channel), kitchenware, sleeping blankets, pillows.
In our small kitchen is a stove-top for two pots, a small fridge, a microwave and a small table-top grill-oven. You should be able to cook all your meals there.
Around the dining table are 6 chairs and there is also a table outside so if the weather is nice you can eat your meals there.
On the TV we only have one channel, the state TV channel. But you can also listen to 5 different radio stations through the TV. If you want to use the DVD player you have to switch the cable on the back of the player.
There is one bedroom with a double bed (a small one) and in the sleeping loft are 4 mattresses. Clean linen is provided for our guests and they put the linen on the bed and covers. The cabin is small and the sleeping loft is not with a full height so adults might find it cramped.
The shower is in a separate room from the toilet and sink. There are bathroom towels there but not shower towels, so guests should bring towels for the shower.
The cabin is small and cozy, only 40 m2 (420 ft2) and is close to the lake Hæðargarðsvatn (only 50 m). In the lake we have brown trout up to 5 pounds and arctic char up to 6 pounds and we have a few different species of ducks on the lake as well.
The cabin is our family vacation cabin, summer and winter. We are a family of six and try to go there as often as we can, all the year round.
We live in Reykjavik and our cabin is 260 km from Reykjavik, next to the village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur (short and easy name!). The cabin is just a few hundred meters from the main road, easily accessible all year. From the cabin there are another 69 km to Skaftafell and from Skaftafell another 57 to the magical Jokulsarlon (the glacial lagoon). On the way from Reykjavik there are numerous sightseeing stops including beautiful waterfalls and Dyrholaey. So, allow for 4-5 hours for the drive from Reykjavik to the cabin. The road from Reykjavik to our cabin, and all the way to Skaftafell is a very easy drive, a bit narrow but with asphalt and a 90 km pr hour maximum speed limit.
During winter we recommend using 4x4 cars as you never know when it comes to the Icelandic weather. It is better to be safe than sorry!
In the extremely small village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur you will find (1) a gas-station with a small convenience store and a diner-like restaurant, (2) a small supermarket, (3) a couple of nice restaurants, (4) some handicraft for sale (5) a swimming pool with a small gym and a (6) a liquor store. Basically everything you need:)
Skaftárhreppur spans a great variety of landscape and vegetation, with a natural environment of striking contrasts. Landscapes and vegetation in the district are quite varied, and the natural contrasts astounding. Skaftárhreppur enjoys a pleasant climate, with mild winters and warm, sunny summers
Natural disasters such as volcanic eruptions and sudden floods from beneath the glacier have through the centuries shaped the nature and society of this region.
Within Skaftafell, some of Iceland's greatest natural treasures are to be found. The Skaftafell National Park was officially established September 15, 1967 and at that time it covered approximately 500 km2. Skaftafell National Park then became a part of Europe's largest national park, Vatnajökull National Park, which was established June 7, 2008 and covers over 12.000 km². That accounts for 12% of Iceland's surface, and makes it the biggest national park in Europe. Vatnajökull is Europe's biggest glacier and the 3rd biggest in the world. To begin with, the national park will cover the whole of Skaftafell National Park and the Jökulsárgljúfur National Park, in addition to almost whole of Vatnajökull and the surrounding area. From the cabin is a wonderful view of the Vatnajokull glacier.
Please do not smoke inside:) And do not leave any stubs if you smoke on the porch. Please close all the windows as you leave. Be VERY careful not to lock the door while the key is inside. You can use all the food you find in the cabin, like coffee and tea. And please let us know how we can make the cabin a better destination for other guests:)