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Cottage On Lake Medalfell In Beautiful Setting-Central Locale For Sight-Seeing



Updated: 28-Nov-2016
Cottage by Lake Medalfell, Nr. City of Reykjavik, Iceland - Lakeside Position, Garden Stretching Down To The Beach, With Spectacular Lake And Mountain Views

The lakeside cottage nestles at the foot of Medalfell mountain right down at the water´s edge. The views are spectacular, of the lake and its surrounding mountain scape; it is a place of pure tranquillity. It has 3 bedrooms and an open plan kitchen and living area filled with antique shabby chic furniture and more contemporary Scandinavian pieces. There is one bathroom with a toilet and a washing machine and separate tumble dryer. The kitchen has a dishwasher, microwave, and has a good selection of appliances.

  • Sleeps 7
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We are a British/Icelandic family living in England. We live in a boarding school and go to Iceland as often as we can to our wonderful cottage. It is the most beautiful place on earth and wonderful at all times of the year. Winter is crisp and often snowy, the northern lights dance on top of the mountains as we sit snugly inside watching them. We hope you will love it as much as we do.

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Speaks English, French, Italian, Danish, Icelandic, some Danish, French and Italian

Guestbook comments from the manager

"There cannot be a house anywhere in Iceland with a more sheltered position and more stunning view than here? It's incredibly beautiful."

"..Despite being here through a fairly bad storm with lots of snow, we were lovely and toasty. It was so romantic we found it hard to leave the cottage at all."

"Iceland has been full of wow moments for us. But the biggest wow moment at the end of the week was the feeling we had when we arrived and looked out of the big kitchen windows! It's an amazing place."
Nov 2012
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5 Reviews

based on 5 holidaymaker reviews


Relaxing cottage, well equipped and great location

  • 4 of 5

Gunnu Hus was a fantastic find: very well equipped, clean cottage with plenty of space for children, plus in wonderful peaceful location which was perfect for exploring so much of this wonderful country. The owners, Gudrun and Fergus, could not have been more helpful and hospitable.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great cottage on a lake near Reykjavík

  • 5 of 5

This was a great rental on Lake Medalfell about 30 min from Reykjavík. The house has a nice wrap around deck and it sits on the lake. My son-in-law spent the long Icelandic summer evenings fishing for trout. The location is also convenient if you plan drive the Golden Circle and very close to Þingvellir National Park. The house comfortably accommodated 6 adults (3 bedrooms). It was very clean and had a good selection of kitchen supplies as well a nice washing machine and dryer. Gudrun was very nice, and she was easy to contact by email and phone. She made us feel very welcome and at home. This was one of the most enjoyable vacations I've had. I would not hesitate to stay here again. Perfect !

  • Review Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Stunning location and beautiful cottage

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this beautiful cottage for 10 days, the views are absolutely out of this world, stunning is an understatement. We also got to see the amazing aurora on more than one night. I cannot recommend this property highly enough. Gudrun was an absolute pleasure to deal with too. Amazing stay would love to go back.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Loved It

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay in Gunnu Hus. Comfortable and homely place in a great location in a great country. What a view to look out on every day. We managed to see the Northern Lights but missed the whales. Did the Golden Circle over two days, stunning.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 17, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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beautiful, calm, quiet and romantic.

  • 4 of 5

We had such an amazing time in Iceland, totally fell in love with the country and this cottage. It was so nice to go exploring in the day, and then return to our own piece of tranquillity. It has a homely feel and incredibly warm and inviting.

I'd go again, in a heartbeat.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 16, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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From the Owner

The cottage belonged to my grandparent's. My granddad built it in the mid sixties and it's always been a part of my life.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Leif Eiriksson International Airport at 93 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Kaffi Kjos at 1 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Reykjavik Harbour at 50 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Mosfellsbær at 25 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Route 1 at 19 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : kaffi kjos at 1 Kilometres Nearest Ski : Blafjöll at 66 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Hvalfjordur at 5 Kilometres Car: necessary


The nearest beach is in Hvalfjördur (Whalefjord) it is a 5 to 10 min drive. You may see a whale there, or catch a fish, but you're not going to get much of a suntan. The road round Hvalfjord is thrilling to drive: it is Jeremy Clarkson's favourite road in the world, or so he said. The mouth of the Lax River has a spectacular salmon run, which you can see from the road bridge (10 minutes from the cottage).


The international airport is 1 hour 20 mins drive away, the Reykjavik domestic airport is central Reykjavik (35 mins).


Reykjavik (city centre) 35 mins (city centre)

Mosfellsbaer (nearest supermarket etc) 20 mins

Thingvellir National Park 30 mins

Geysir 1 hour

Gullfoss (waterfall) 1 hour 10 mins

Further Details:

The local amenities are in Mosfellsbær, a 30 min drive. there you will find banks, bakeries, supermarkets, post office, doctors surgery, car mechanics etc.

Kaffi Kjós is a general store, pub and restaurant a 10 minute's walk along the lakeside road. It is open during the summer months and on a few selected dates during winter. There is a wonderful swimming pool in Mosfellsbær called Lágafellslaug; it has a 25 metre pool with lots of lanes, 3 water slides, a sauna, steam bath and hot pots. It charges no more than around £2 for adults and half that for children. Highly recommended.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
17 Oct 2016 - 31 Mar 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
1 Apr 2017 - 31 May 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
High Summer
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Late Summer
1 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Preparation fee £71
Refundable Damage Deposit £236

Booking Notes:
All payments must be made on time and there is a deposit of $300 for breakages or professional cleaning if tenants have failed to clean properly themselves at the end of their stay. Cleaning products are available under the kitchen sink.
NB If you would like your cleaning done for you, this service can be provided at an additional cost of US$90. Please make sure you ask the owners for this when you book.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

The walks are wonderful, there is fishing in the lake and the surrounding rivers although you will need to purchase a licence. We swim regularly in the lake and often go on day trips to attractions near by. The Thingvellir National Park is only half an hours drive away and we have walked there in 6-7 hours, The Hvalfjördur (Whalefjord) is a stones through away and is one of the most beautiful fjörds in Iceland ( the road along the fjörd was voted the best driving road in the world by the presenters of Top Gear) The highest waterfall in Iceland Glymur, is ten minutes drive from the cottage and a wonderful walk. Gullfoss(the Golden Waterfalls) Geyser and the Thingvellir national park can all be easily visited in a day. (Just over an hours drive). And many many more.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • Games
  • Stereo ...

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub ...


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • beach
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • waterfront


  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • diving
  • ski lift pass
  • ski pass optional
  • ski
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting

Floor Area

  • 100 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • 1 Bathroom and toilet with washing machine and separate tumble dryer. Bath with shower attachment.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, 1 Cot, Master bedroom
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed, Bunk beds
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 in bedrooms, 7 in all (including sitting room) Large comfortable sofa bed in sitting room.


  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: Guests can easily buy internet access (via a dongle) at any phone shop in Reykjavik; it is relatively cheap. Mobile phone reception at the cottage is excellent and there is a little pub / shop called Kaffi Kjós, 800 metres down the road, which is open all summer and on or selected dates during winter. It has a full license, a bar and a restaurant, is a general store, and the people who run it are very friendly. Outside: The garden stretches down to the lake with access to the water's edge. There is a large south facing terrace with a dining table and chairs. There is a gas barbecue. There is a spa bath pool (from Feb 2017) heated with geothermal hot water piped from a hot spring up the valley. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Professionally laundered linen and towels are included, guests are expected to leave the cottage in the same state that they found it. The check out time is 10 am and check in is 2pm unless otherwise arranged.

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