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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: May 18, 2015
House, 5 Bedrooms, 2 Bath, (Sleeps 9-11)

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.

Hofdatun is 170 m2. In Hofdatun are 5 bedrooms where 9-11 adults can sleep. Baby beds can be provided free of charge. There is 2 bathrooms.

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 2015. 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.

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 of 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 11
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets welcome
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Recent Review

About the Owner

I´m 43 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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Calendar last updated:
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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

Comfortable Apartment

  • 5 of 5
Clean and Warm apartment. Thorey is very nice and we all enjoyed to stay here. We saw northern light just outside the house.
  • Submitted: May 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Families with Young Children
Beautiful Licensed Mini-Farm in the Country Side, nature and animals
South Iceland Iceland

Great house. Great location. Great welcome.

  • 5 of 5
My family had a great week staying at Hofdatun, with Thorey giving a very warm welcome from the start. The house is great, with lots of space, very comfortable, and in a good location for seeing the Golden Circle and South coast at a pleasant pace.

Also a great location if you want to see the Northern Lights. We saw them 3 nights out of 7.

We would definitely stay there again if we're fortunate enough to be able to visit Iceland again.
  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I hope you return, it was great to meet you all!
Beautiful Licensed Mini-Farm in the Country Side, nature and animals
South Iceland Iceland
Bern, Switzerland

Wonderful christmas

  • 5 of 5
We had a really wonderful icelandic christmas with my family (9 persons) at Thorey's place. She is such a warm and welcoming hostess, we can only recommend you to go to her place. Even with the sometimes difficult road conditions in winter we could visit many places all around south-iceland and we had the chance to see the most beautiful polar lights just in front of the house.
  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Beautiful Licensed Mini-Farm in the Country Side, nature and animals
South Iceland Iceland
United States

A most comfortable and soothing place to stay!

  • 5 of 5
My family and I were privileged to spend a few days at the Höfdatun guest house just east of Selfoss in the Árnes district of the beautiful Þjórsárdalur, the valley of the river Þjórsá. Our hostess Þórey could not have been more kind and gracious. She cooked dinner for us one night, and we asked her to dine with us -- just the nicest lady anyone could imagine. The Höfdatun guest house is very comfortable -- there were five of us, and there was plenty of room left over! From Höfdatun it's just a short drive to Vik on the South Coast, but the drive was an experience in which I, unfortunately, didn't participate because, true to form, I came down with a miserable cold the day after we flew into Reykjavik. So most of the time at Höfdatun, my family went off and traveled, and I sniffled and read. Sounds boring, but it was very calming to sit in the house with its great expanse of windows, and watch the sun come up (about 10:30AM) and go down (about 4:30PM) -- the gradual change in the light at sun-up and sun-down was very beautiful -- I kept all the lights in the house off just to get the full effect.

The house is exceptionally comfortable, a big step-in Jacuzzi tub, very modern kitchen, comfortable beds, huge living room and dining area, and a great, calming quiet. I would never go to Iceland again without staying at Höfdatun -- next time without a cold, I hope! I'm not sure what Þórey’s policy is about pets, but she has -- and loves! -- dogs, raises Icelandic Horses, some of the most beautiful animals in the world, she has a double turf-roofed chicken house with a gorgeous rooster, and her family's farm is just a short drive away, where there are Iceland's (and Scotland's) most numerous inhabitants, sheep.

There's absolutely nothing negative I can say about Höfdatun -- I had no idea what to expect except from the pictures on the website, but it was even more beautiful than I imagined. If you have to have a miserable cold, Höfdatun is the most comfortable place I can think of to have it! Loved every minute there, and I can't recommend it highly enough -- especially good for families with 2 or 3 kids. I want to come back in the Spring!
  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from 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: It would be so nice if you could come back, without a cold I hope :)
Beautiful Licensed Mini-Farm in the Country Side, nature and animals
South Iceland Iceland
Seattle, Washington, USA


  • 5 of 5
If you are considering traveling to Iceland, you need to stay at the mini-farm. It is outstanding. The home is awesome and beautiful. My wife and I have stayed in many holiday homes around the world and by far away this was the best. Thorey is so kind and accommodating that you will feel as if you are family. We were fortunate enough to meet her dad and mom and spend time with her and her dad after horseback riding—an experience not to be missed. And what can I say throw in the surrounding natural beauty, horses, fresh eggs in the morning, a hot tub and perfect accommodations. I highly recommend staying here. Can’t wait to return…
  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you dear Jim, I look forward to see you and your family in march :)
Beautiful Licensed Mini-Farm in the Country Side, nature and animals
South Iceland Iceland

The perfect place to stay in southern Iceland

  • 5 of 5
A beautiful house with more than enough space for us 3 adults and 3 teenagers. The kitchen is luxurious sized and fully equipped. We loved to sit in the dining area and to watch the Icelandic horses in front of the house. Our children spent every affordable hour with the horses and with the lovely dogs Skoppa and Tumi. Thorey was a really nice host who told us many things about Iceland and the places that we should visit. She also arranged a 20% discount for renting a car at Geysir Car Rental that saved us a lot of money. The house is located in the near of Selfoss, the most important sights and places in southern Iceland are reachable within one hour. So it couldn't have been better for us and we definitely would choose this house again when coming back to Iceland someday. Thorey isn't only a host - she has become a really good friend for us.
  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities
Owner's Response: Be always so very welcome back my dear friends!


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 :)


From €305 Per night

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer 2015
May 12 2015 - Sep 15 2015
2 night minimum stay
winter 2015-2016
Sep 16 2015 - May 20 2016
2 night minimum stay
Summer 2016
Jun 16 2016 - Aug 31 2016
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

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Updated: May 18, 2015


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
  • 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
  • Pantry Items
  • 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


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • 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

  • 170 m²


  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet, shower
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet, shower, jetted tub
  • Towels and hand soap is included.


  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king, 2 baby crib
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
  • Bedroom 5 - 1 queen, Studio room with bathroom and kitchen


  • 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 available 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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