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Arguably some of the best-situated cottages on Snæfellness peninsula are for rent in Hellnar (2 hours driving from Reykjavik).
You can rent the cottage Þórabúð (49 m2). There is a unique 360-degree view on the sea and the glacier and the terrain goes all the way down to the coastline.
The cottage holds three bedrooms (three double beds and one single bunker above), a kitchen, a living room, a bathroom and a big outside terrace with furniture and barbecue (gas). There is a high chair for babies and a small playground outside.
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Arabúð is located next to two other separate cottages (approx 200-300 m between). They are all placed remotely on the private property in Hellnar and have a view of the ocean and to the beautiful and mysterious glacier, Snæfellsjökull.
It is really a peaceful and not windy place where the sunset is long and beautiful.
Next to the cottages is the famous "Maríulind" source which is believed to give a healing effect to those who drink the water. There is a beautiful trekking path through the lava between Hellnar and Arnarstapi (3 km walking), which provides ample opportunity for bird and whale watching.
Nearby are several hiking paths, beaches, horse riding, a swimming pool, bird and seal watching, Cafes and Restaurants, golf and organized sightseeing and snowmobile on Snæfellsjökull and caving tours.
There is 1 cafe called Fjoruhusid and a Restaurant at Fosshotel Hellnar so you don't have to spend your time cooking.

Driving directions to the cottage:
In Hellnar, you will have to follow the road towards the harbour to reach the cottage. This is marked as the access road on the Hellnar map that we provide.

GPS coordinates
If you have a GPS unit, you can use the following coordinates:

Arabúð: 64.75613, -23.6517

Experience Iceland's spectacular nature at Snæfellness peninsula.
Often referred to as the center of the Earth, this area boasts breath
taking geological formations and coastal lines, the setting chosen in
Jules Vernes "Journey to the center of the Earth?.

After you make a booking, I will send you all the information's needed for your stay.

What to see around Hellnar:

Here are my favourites things to see when we are there:

Lava from Hellnar to Arnarstapi:
There is a beautiful trail that you can walk in the lava between Hellnar to Arnarstapi. It's about 3 km walk along the coastline.
Really worth seeing nature and the birdlife. You can have a break in one of the café?s in Arnarstapi before heading back to Hellnar. The café ?Fjöruhúsið? by the harbour in Hellnar where the walking trail starts is much nicer though with a spectacular view on the porch.

These are insane rock formations to see. There is also a lighthouse you can walk to.
You can park at Svalþúfa / Þúfubjarg parking lot and follow the walking trail.

A beautiful black beach made of rounded stones.

One of the most photographed mountains in Iceland. You can walk around the mountain. I have only walked around the waterfall which is beautiful and taken pictures of the mountain.

A small museum of the national park and toilets.
Nice nature, fun swing on a long string and also black beach made of rounded stones.

Saxhóll crater:
Saxholl is a crater which is easy to climb since they have created a long staircase. There is a great view over the area from the top.

Swimming pool in Ólafsvik and Lýsuhól

The swimming pool in Olafsvik is quite nice with several outside jacuzzis (also for kids) with a splendid view of the mountain. All swimming pools in Iceland are nice so you should definitely try that.

The swimming pool in Lysuhol is a natural water spring without Chlorine.
This swimming pool is never washed so it grows all kinds of water plants. I do not recommend this for people who want everything clean.

Drive-up the glacier to walk on the snow and see the beautiful view.
Gowest offers hiking tours on the glacier. It can be dangerous to walk to the top alone. Check out:

You can also drive on snow scooters or with a big snow truck on the glacier. Check out:

Waterfall between Rif and Ólafsvík. You will see a huge sign by the road. There is a big parking lot and you can actually walk by the left side of the waterfall and up to the top.

Fishing in the sea, whale-watching or bird watching around Grundarfjordur.

Horse riding

Cave sightseeing.
If you want to explore the cave Vatnshellir, you can book a tour here
Have a lot of clothes (gloves and hats since it is freezing gold down there!).

Good to know

Check-in time: 16:00
Registered: 03 Apr 2016
Last update: 15 Nov 2022
Size: 49 m2
Check-out time: 11:00
Minimum stay: 2 nights
Location of keys: Key box



  • 3x Double bed

Cancellation policy


A reservation can be cancelled with 14 days or more prior to the scheduled arrival date and 100% of the full rental price will be repaid.

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23 Reviews

Karen Vaughan
26 Aug 2022

John Armstrong
06 Aug 2022
What a beautiful place! My wife, adult daughter and I loved staying in this cottage near Hellna. Located in a meadow close to the edge of a lava flow, it has a lovely view of the ocean a few hundred meters away. It was comfortable, clean, well equipped, and had an open Scandinavian feel that we really liked. Checking in and out was very easy, and communication with our host was excellent. We had a few glitches with the Wifi, but our host was very quick to help us get it straightened out, even though she was in Denmark. If we visit the area again, this cottage will be the first one we try to book.
Our host provided an extensive list of places to see and things to do in the Snæfellsnes area. Be sure not to miss the little café in Hellnar or the walk to Arnarstapi. And if you pass through Grundarfjörður on the north coast of the peninsula, stop at the newly (as of July 2022) opened Valeria Kaffi. Best coffee I?ve had for years, and I?m a bit of a coffee snob.

Andreas M?ller
06 Aug 2022

Marion Mol-van Schagen
06 Aug 2022
Arabud is nice cosy cottage in a beautiful powerful place. For many years I have asked my self "how can I rent this cottage?" and now I found it on We have had a great time. The cottage has everything you need. I will come back!

Elín Hulda Halldórsdóttir
13 Sep 2021

16 Aug 2021
Calm location, house quite old, not very clean, very basic furniture, kitchen equipment very old, use of toaster triggered smoke detector, barbecue outside very dirty and not usable therefore

Arnfinnur Jónasson
09 Aug 2021

Rolf Lüthi
30 Jul 2021
We enjoyed our stay very much in this cosy cottage with a beautiful view where we felt far away from the busy tourist hot spots. The host also gave us valuable tips for traveling to Iceland during the pandemic. We will come back, soon.

28 Jun 2021
We spent three nights in the cottage. It is in a beautiful setting next to a wonderful lava field and in a secluded position along with the three other cottages. It's a great place to stay with fantastic walks.

Jonathan Robinson
14 Aug 2020
Fabulous cottage, away from it all, with distant views of Hellnar church and the mountains up behind. We loved our stay here.

Margr?t Stef?nsd?ttir
13 Aug 2020
Very nice environement and comfortable beds. But for the price paid it was a disappointment that there was no functioning TV, The kitchen very small and some equipment not well functioning. But we enjoyed our stay nonetheless but find the price too high for what was provided.

04 Aug 2020
nice cottage perfect location

Daði Jóhannesson
29 Jul 2020
A very nice cottage, spacious and clean has all the necessary amenities. Fantastic location and a lovely view. Good beds with comfortable new mattresses.
There was no internet when we arrived but it got connected later in the evening. Garbage bin for the houses needed emptying.
Overall a very nice experience and everything as described on the booking page.

Florence Deville
26 Jul 2020
nice and comfortable cottage, fully equipped, with an ideal location to explore the area.

Thelma Björk
10 Oct 2019
Der schönste platz auf Island

Stella Selent
05 Sep 2019
Location ist fantastic. (5 stars) Offers everything you need but a bit worn out. Inside very clean but outside a unfortunately dirty by birds.

Regine Morys
21 Aug 2019
very nice and cosy cottage, quiet, nice view to the seaside

Willem Hack
02 Aug 2019
Location is great and the cottage is really in perfect condition, very clean.

17 Jul 2019
a nice place to stay for several days as we are at the right location to discover the peninsula.
The chalet is comfortable and clean. You can cook and bbq.
Owner is helpful
Just check to get the right infos before coming.

Patrick Lienin
24 Jun 2019
Thank you so much for providing such a wonderful place. The cottage is cozy and has a wonderful feel to it with great views. The location to the cliffs and whale watching are perfect. We could not have been any happier.

Response from Christine Blin
Great that you had a wonderful stay.
You are always welcome back :)
Cassio Parente
13 Sep 2018
Very simple and small Cottage but it had everything we needed to make our stay wonderful. Good price for what it offers. The host was super helpful and the instructions about the place were nice and helpful. We would definitely go back and recommend. Thank you!

Fabienne Moretta
30 Aug 2018
Not so easy to arrive. Instructions should be update. Everything was super. Oven is a microwave and it should be specify. Regards

Response from Christine Blin
Good that you had a nice stay. It is actually an oven+microwave.
Guðrún Þóra Gunnarsdóttir
02 Aug 2018