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Beautiful Licensed Mini-Farm in the Country Side, nature and animals

Beautiful Licensed Mini-Farm in the Country Side, nature and animals


Property Details

Updated: Oct 27, 2014
House, 4 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 7-9)

In Iceland it’s illegal to rent out house/apartment to visitors without having necessary licenses. This is to ensure the safety of tourists and to make sure they receive what they are paying for. The Health Authority, Fire Department, Sheriff and Building Supervisor have to give consent so house/apartment get license.

We at Hofdatun are pleased to say that we have permission from those parties and are fully licensed vacancy house. Certificates are at display for our guests verification.

We are also very pleased to say that our guest get good discount of rental cars from Geysir rental cars in Keflavik airport

THIS BEAUTIFUL HOUSE with 8 akers of land is in the heart of south Iceland. It only takes 15 min. to drive to nearest town, Selfoss and 50 min. to Reykjavík or Thingvellir national park. Then its ideal to take the golden circel tour and drive to Gullfoss and Geysir. All around the old Geysir are more spouting hot springs, such as the ever lively Strokkur (the butter Churn), which erupts every 3-5 minutes.

The house and its surroundings is wonderful in all seasons.

At Hofdatun is a chicken coop so every morning you get fresh eggs for breakfast. During the summer time there is also 6 very gentle Icelandic horses on the field next to the house. You can take supervised riding tours on them. During the winter you can meet with the horses in their winter fields or in the stable. In the winter riding tours are arranged at nearby horse rental. We also have 4-6 pregnant mares that will give birth between june 1 and august 15 2014. Witnessing a birth of a foal is something you will never forget!

In the garden you get fresh vegetable and herbs during the harvesting season. In the garden you also have large hot tub that is wonderful to bath in winter as well as summer.

In Hofdatun are 4 bedrooms where 7 adults can sleep. Baby beds can be provided free of charge.

The view from Hofdatun is very wide, you can see the volcanic Islands Vestmannaeyjar as well as Ingolfsfjall and Eyjafjallajokull

In South Iceland you find all kind off entertainment. Among many other things you can enjoy art in museums and galleries, take a walk in prehistorical places or go surfing or river rafting (for the brave one!).

Keywords: house, farm, horses, nature, golden circel, mountain view, volcano's, relax, peace and quiet

More Details
  • Sleeps 9
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets welcome
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided

Recent Review

About the Owner

I´m 42 years old and was born and raised on a farm next to Hofdatun Vacation House.

I live in the garage appartment with my 2 dogs. My favorite hobby is horse riding and breeding horses. I love to take my guests horse riding and share some folks storys from the area with them. Its been so grate to get to know all the people thats been staying in the house since june 2011.

My guests have been from U.S.A, Spaine, Holland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, England, Finland, Greenland, Belgium, Israel, Taiwan, Canada, Norway, France and Iceland.

As you can see if you reed the rewievs on Home Away my guests are very happy with everything, both the servise I provide, the location of the house, the house it self, the animals and the nature.

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Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner



We loved this property. The owner was friendly and helpful and made the stay great. The children loved the animals and the bath!! Would definately come back here and would recommend. Great that the linen and towels are included in the price. 5 stars
Feb 2014
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Beautiful Licensed Mini-Farm in the Country Side, nature and animals
South Iceland Iceland
Wisconsin, USA

An amazing stay in Iceland

  • 5 of 5
The home is absolutely gorgeous in itself, not to mention the amazing countryside that surrounds it. Waking up every morning to the sight of her beautiful horses was priceless. Everything was spotlessly clean and the kitchen is fully equipped; we wanted for nothing. The location was perfect for exploring many of Iceland's top highlights such as Reykjavik, the Blue Lagoon, the Golden Circle, Westman Islands, and the Southeastern glaciers. I really can't think of a better place to have been locate. Having Thorey right next door was very convenient. She was so friendly and fun and we experienced a lot of things that we wouldn't have even known of without her.
  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: This is so good to hear, Im sure it will be very helpful for my future guests to know what are easy to drive to while staying here. I was so glad to have you at Hofdatun, I had a very good time with you all. Hopefully we will meet again :) All the best Thorey
Beautiful Licensed Mini-Farm in the Country Side, nature and animals
South Iceland Iceland
Ontario, Canada

A Great Place to Stay in Southwest Iceland

  • 5 of 5
We spent eight really wonderful days at Thorey's house in August 2014. The location is great for visiting all south, southwest and even southeast Iceland - we managed to visit as far east as Jokulsarlon and Skaftafell on our day trips. The attractions in the Golden Circle, as well Vik, Thorsmork, Reykjavik, Blue Lagoon, and many, many other places are a relatively short driving distance from the house. It is also conveniently located very close to the town of Selfoss with large grocery stores, banks, restaurants, etc. The house itself is very comfortable, and very quiet, surrounded by farmland. Our two girls (age 11 and 13) loved riding horses with Thorey, playing with two very friendly dogs and feeding the chickens. Overall, a great place to stay in Iceland.
  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Thank you for this great review, it was so nice to meet you all :)
Beautiful Licensed Mini-Farm in the Country Side, nature and animals
South Iceland Iceland
Sebastopol, California

Beautiful home away from home near Selfoss

  • 5 of 5
One of the best places ever...there were three of us, older gals, and we loved this house. And the dogs were so delightful. The house is clean and comfortable and Thorey is just a jewel. She is easy going and so very kind. One night she made us lamb and potatoes and joined us for a wonderful evening. The horses, the views, the air and sky and sheep and unspeakable beauty of the area...This is a perfect place to land.
  • Submitted: May 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing
Owner's Response: Thank you for this lovely review Barbara, I really loved having you here and both me and the dogs miss you girls :)
Beautiful Licensed Mini-Farm in the Country Side, nature and animals
South Iceland Iceland

Beautiful guesthouse with amazing bathroom and space

  • 5 of 5
We stayed here with our daughter and had a lovely dinner as well as a 3-night stay. We were able to explore the Golden Circle attractions, as well as nearby beach towns, from this spot. It's also close to Selfoss, which has several restaurants and grocery stores. Thorey is a friendly, delightful owner who is happy to help you plan out explorations of Iceland.
  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thanks!
Beautiful Licensed Mini-Farm in the Country Side, nature and animals
South Iceland Iceland
Scandia MN - USA

Very nice home and helpful owner

  • 5 of 5
My wife, daughter and son-in-law stayed for 2 nights at Hofdatun. The home is well kept and clean with large rooms and a very modern and complete kitchen. The on-site manager, Thorey, was very helpful and accommodating. She prepared a meal for us that was fabulous. She also took my daughter and son-in-law on an extensive horse ride that they greatly enjoyed. Sellfoss, the nearest town has a good market for groceries and we had a great time harvesting our breakfast eggs which was a new experience for my daughter. The home is large enough for a family or several couples. The surrounding area was quiet, pastoral farmland. It was a very relaxing vacation - Iceland is a wonderful country.
  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Thank you Daniel, it was great to have you :)
Beautiful Licensed Mini-Farm in the Country Side, nature and animals
South Iceland Iceland

A True Highlight of our Iceland Adventure

  • 5 of 5
When we planned our trip to Iceland & decided to take 2 days to do the Golden Circle & the South Coast, we thought it would make sense to spend the night somewhere in the middle, as opposed to going back to Reykjavik. In a search on the internet, we found this wonderful farmhouse & decided that would be the perfect overnight in between the 2 tours. What was supposed to just be a convenient sleeping arrangement turned into one of the absolute highlights of our trip. When we drove into this spectacular & beautiful property, we were greeted with the flag of our country! We found out that our host had graciously put the flag up to welcome us. That was just the first indication of her kindness & thoughtfulness. This is a host unlike any host we've ever encountered because this farmhouse was fully created & decorated by her loving & tasteful hand. When you arrive, it feels as if you're the first person to ever stay there, because it is immaculate from top to bottom. There are lovely pictures of the family on the walls and so you feel that you're staying in a real home. And being welcomed with that warm & gentle smile of this lovely host who is genuinely excited & happy to greet us began our stay with such perfection. She showed us the house & the wonderful gardens & then introduced us to her beautiful horses which have to be the most loving creatures we have ever encountered. She made us feel as if we were long lost friends coming back home again, but of course, that is the nature of the lovely Icelandic people. The house itself is as comfortable as anything we've ever stayed in, & we found ourselves almost wishing we had not made dinner reservations because none of us wanted to leave the house. But the legendary Icelandic lobsters were calling to us, so out we went. But upon returning, we all felt as if we had just come home again & found that our wonderful host had left us a gorgeous bottle of champagne as a welcome gift. We cannot say enough about how comfortable the beds were & a special highlight was the amazing hot tub/whirlpool in the master bath & were very glad when the champagne put our friends to sleep so that we could share a romantic evening in that beautiful hot tub. The next morning we had the great joy of going to the chicken coup & collecting the most delicious, fresh eggs we have ever tasted. Our biggest regret was that we made Reykjavik our home base. Next time, we will plan a much longer stay at Hofdatun. This is indeed a very special place!
  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, it was truly my pleasure to have you :)


From the Owner

This is where I lived as a child and I belive this is the most beautiful and wonderful place in the world. I wanted to live close to all my wonderful childhood memorys

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Keflavik airport at 120 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Selfoss at 16 Kilometres Nearest Golf : at 15 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : at 7 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : at 16 Kilometres Nearest Ski : at 50 Kilometres Nearest Beach : at 15 Kilometres Car: recommended

On New Year´s Eve its tradition in Iceland to light a Elf Bunfire who has to burn the whole night. Icelanders believe that on New Year´s Eve Elf´s move from place to place, this fires are keept burning the whole night to help them to find theyr way and also to welcome them to live at your place. At Hofdatun we honor this old tradition and on the picture side you can see picture of the Elf Bonfire we had last New Year´s Eve. It´s simply magical to stand next to the fire, with a little imagination you can feel the presence of the Elf’s around you whispering their thanks to you :)

During the summer you have the horses grasing next to the house, you can go riding them, petting them or even witness the birth of a foal. The summer of 2014 we are expecting some 4-6 foals! To witness a birth of a foal is something you will never forget :)


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Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Autum 2014
Sep 16 2014 - Oct 31 2014
2 night minimum stay
Winter 2014-2015
Nov 1 2014 - Apr 30 2015
2 night minimum stay
Spring 2015
May 1 2015 - Jun 15 2015
2 night minimum stay
Summer 2015
Jun 16 2015 - Sep 15 2015
2 night minimum stay
Fall 2015
Sep 16 2015 - Oct 31 2015
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

20% deposit is payed when booked and the rest at arrival.

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed


From the Owner

Peace and quiet is the first words that comes to my mind. During the summer time all you usually hear is the bird singing and occasionally sheep bleat or horses whinny. Then its the horse riding, I love to ride on the bank of the grate river Thjorsa in the midnight sun. Whatching how my mares is doing and when they give birth to a healthy foal is wonderful. In the winter the northern lights and all the bright stars in the sky are astonishing. Its also grate to stay inside with hot chocolate, reading a book while snow blizzard is outside.

Property Type

  • house


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...


  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster


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


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub ...
  • jetted tub


  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • Lake View
  • Mountain View
  • Rural


  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • surfing
  • swimming

Floor Area

  • 140 m²


  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1
  • In the bathroom is a shower corner as well as large spa bath tub. Towels and hand soap is included.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king, 2 baby crib
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single


  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 6 garden chairs


  • Booking Possible
  • Booking Possible
  • Booking Possible
  • Catering available

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


  • 'Horse riding is awailable and the horses live close to the house' 'Chicken coop so the guests can get them self fresh eggs for breakfast' 'Fresh herbs and salad in the garden during harvesting season' 'Bedsheets, blankets and other bed comfort are provided' 'Towels and hand soap are provided, also washing powder for dish washer and washing machine' Discount of many entertainment such as whale watching, scuba diving, rental car and more
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