Whilst exploring the Golden Circle we stayed in Þingvellir National Park in a beautiful cabin called Lundur Cottage. The cabin was gorgeous, perfectly located with the most amazing views and so well stocked that you could happily move in (and never leave)!
Lundur Cottage was located on the shores of Lake Þingvellir in a gated community. On arrival we had to call the owner who opened the gate remotely for us and once we had checked in there was a remote for the gate which we could use throughout our stay. We had no issues finding the cabin as google maps proved reliable and it was a small community with only a few dozen or so properties and I could remember how beautiful it was from the photos.
The cabin itself was stunning architecturally with high ceilings and panoramic floor to ceiling windows on three sides of the house giving you unparalleled views of the lake and surrounds. A large deck wrapped around the house which would be a wonderful place to enjoy the outdoors during the warmer months, or to sit rugged up in winter as the aurora dances above you (if you’re lucky)!
Kitchen, Living & Dining
Inside, the open plan living, dining and kitchen were stylishly decorated and well planned out. It was a lovely space to relax after sightseeing and being out and about in the harsh elements all day.
There were comfortable lounges, a dining table and chairs as well as a well-stocked kitchen complete with all the mod-cons you could possibly want (including a coffee machine). There was also a TV with Netflix, and downstairs in the garage area of the house is a washing machine and dryer.
Iceland is notoriously expensive, especially for dining out and so it was nice to be able to cook for ourselves for a few nights of our trip. We shopped in a supermarket mid-way between the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and Þingvellir as the nearest shops from the cabin are in Selfoss which is approximately an hour away. We found supermarkets in Iceland to be semi-reasonably priced for most items (just be sure to check the prices especially for fresh produce – a lot of which would have to be imported) before buying to avoid any shocks!
Bedrooms & Bathroom
The cabin can sleep six, and so we were very comfortable with only four of us. There was three bedrooms which contained one double bed, one double sofa bed and a bunk bed which slept three.
Linen was provided however cleaning at the end was an extra €107 so we opted to not pay that and clean ourselves before leaving which only took 20 minutes between the four of us and all cleaning products were available.
The bathroom was spacious and had a shower, toilet and basin, with a hairdryer and heated towel racks. The cabin was heated using under-floor heating which was super efficient!
The views were spectacular and these photos show just that!
There was an outdoor play area for kids, which would be perfect in summer.
Spa and Sauna
My dream is literally to have my own Finnish sauna at home and when we travel I try to choose hotels that have a sauna and a pool. I’m not a huge fan of spas, however when it is freezing outside and you’re sitting in a hot spa – it is a pretty cool experience!
If you do stay here, just be super careful when getting in and out of the spa and sauna. I slipped quite bad when coming out of the sauna and was lucky to only graze my knee but as it is always cold and wet in winter, practically everything in Iceland is slippery!
The spa was the perfect place to enjoy a few drinks and watch the sunset (about 5pm in January)!
We loved our time at Lundur Cottage! It was so beautiful and the location was perfect for exploring the Golden Circle and even a lot of the south coast region.
My only slight grumbles (not complaints) were that we were not sent the code for the key box before our arrival and only realised when we arrived so we had to phone the owner for that information. We had to phone again to work out how to turn the outside lights on as we couldn’t find this information inside or the lightswitch anywhere (for future reference – it is downstairs). Finally, the batteries in the Netflix remote were dead and my mum had to take the batteries out of her booklamp so we could watch TV. We don’t usually watch TV when travelling but when you are travelling in Iceland in winter – it is dark a LOT of the time, so you enjoy the daylight but also get a lot of downtime.
They are such small little things though and didn’t taint our stay, we would definitetly recommend a stay here! Our two night stay cost us 76,000 ISK which was $890 split between two couples. It was quite reasonable when it works out to be around $220 AUD per couple, per night especially when you can cook for yourself.
You can book your stay here: Lundur Cottage Iceland