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 Garðabúð (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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Garðabúð 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 to 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 it 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, swimming pool, bird and seal watching, Cafes and Restaurants, golf and organized sightseeing and snowmobile on Snæfellsjökull and caving tours.
There are 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 by email.
If you have a GPS unit, you can use the following coordinates:
Garðabúð 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.
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: www.gowest.is
You can also drive on snow scooters or with a big snow truck on the glacier. Check out: www.theglacier.is
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 www.storikambur.is
If you want to explore the cave Vatnshellir, you can book a tour here www.vatnshellir.is
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: 22 Aug 2022 Size: 49 m2
Great cottage for our stay on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula! Gorgeous location in Hellnar and a convenient base for exploring. The house was comfortable and had everything we needed.
06 Aug 2022
Me and my family ( 2 children 4 and 6) stayed 4 nights in the cottage. It was very spacious with 3 bedrooms, a living room and an eating area. The kitchen had good equipment and was practical for self catering. The cottage has a tv, excellent internet connection and some storage possibilities. The best thing is the excellent scenery around the cottages. It is a short walk from Hellnar away directly at the foot of a small lava field. You can climb the lava field, walk to the beacht or to the cafe at Hellnar. Our children especially enjoyed the small playground.
06 Aug 2022
Christine's house was situated at a wonderful location to explore the peninsula. The home is cozy and clean and has everything one needs to enjoy several days away from everything. Our favorite thing to do was to walk to the cafe in the morning for a coffee and waffle. Thanks for the fantastic stay.
António Manuel Soares Sardo
06 Aug 2022
Elín Hulda Halldórsdóttir
13 Sep 2021
20 Aug 2021
We loved the cottage. Beautiful location. Nice clean space. Everything we needed.
06 Aug 2021
Wunderful Location, very quiet and cozy, lovely view both from the toilet :-) and from the living room (glacier and ocean). Fair price.
02 Aug 2021
Gardabud was amazing. Location superb & hiked to Arnastappi on the coastal trail. Such a great place to explore Snaefellsjokul park!! It was cozy & comfortable!
26 Jul 2021
Fantastic place, clean and comfortable, well equipped and a perfect host. Loved it.
20 Jul 2021
Loved it! The cabin was very neat, clean, and comfortable. We had a beautiful view of the ocean. The cabin was very cozy and provided everything we needed to cook some light meals. The manager was very responsive to our questions and provided thorough information. A real pleasure.
17 Jul 2021
A nice house at a very quiet place.
No phone connection but that was also the only negative thing.
06 Aug 2020
Really nice surrounding.
Sunna Adriana Sveinsdóttir
13 Jul 2020
unnur marta valgeirsdóttir
26 May 2020
05 Sep 2019
The house is a little bit hidden and some of the signs to the house were broken so we had to search.
The place is really lovely. We enjoyed it very much.
22 Jul 2019
We have booked this cottage for 7 days Everything was Fine and we have Not missed anything. You will be part of the nature
21 Aug 2018
Clean. Scenic location with a front view of the sea and a back view of the ice-capped Snaefellsjoekull. Low light pollution. We were able to see aurora from the cottage window.
Response fromChristine Blin
Thanks for the nice review. It is amazing that you could see the aurora lights in the summertime!
21 Aug 2018
Prettig eenvoudig huis voorzien van o.a. WiFi, BBQ en oven. mooi uitzicht op de zee en bij helder weer op de Snaefalljokul. Start van de prachtige wandeling naar Arnarstapi.