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Situated in a quiet, seaside village, in southern Iceland. Stokkseyri is an ideal base to explore glaciers, geysers, volcanoes and waterfalls while having the comfort of a home to come back to. In front of the house, just across the street is a stunning, black sandy beach where the North Atlantic meets the coast of Iceland. Behind the house is a freshwater pond and wetlands populated with birds.
The property offers 3 double bedrooms, a living-room, an open plan kitchen and dining room with a picturesque, panoramic view of glaciers, mountains, and farmland. The family-friendly house is tastefully decorated, cozy and comfortable with all modern amenities including WiFi, microwave, and cable television.
One of Iceland's best lobster restaurants is within walking distance, the local swimming pool is just few blocks away, and there is a range of golf courses close by. A larger town with a full range of services is within a 10 minute drive.
Excellent sightseeing in the vicinity. Day trips could include:
- Reykjavík - Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir, Þingvellir National Park, Skálholt. - Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Skógar Waterfall, Eyjafjallajökull Volcano and Glacier, Vik. - Skaftafell National Park, Jökulsárslón Glacier Lagoon. - Snowmobling on Myrdalsjökull Glacier. - Westmann Islands - Mt. Hekla - Blue Lagoon
Distances 60 minutes from Keflavik. 40 minutes from Reykjavik. 50 minutes from Geysir. 30 minutes from Hella. 20 minutes from Hveragerdi. 10 minutes from Selfoss. 10 minutes from Thorlakshofn.
Family friendly house. Cot, high chair, stroller, toys, games and books available. Swimming pool a few blocks away. Horses in the next yard. Beach across the street. Fishing and kayaking for older children....moreless
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Sandy beach perfect for walks, birdwatching and building sandcastles just across the street.
Excellent horseback riding tours on a farm nearby.
You can kayak inland on fresh water ponds and creeks or on the open ocean in front of the house. See http://en.kajak.is/
Year Purchased: 1990
About the owner: My name is Kristin. I grew up in Iceland but live in London with my husband and two children. This is a family second home. My parents live in Iceland.
Why the Owner Chose Stokkseyri: This has been a family second home for the last 21 years. It was my grandmother who found the house. As a teenager she had worked in a neighboring village, Hveragerdi, where she met and fell in love with my grandfather. Of all the villages in southern Iceland this had always been her favorite; close to the sea, with views of the glaciers, mountains and farmland and close to her roots, a farm by Mt. Hekla. For the last 15 years, my parents have used the house as a weekend recluse from 'busy' Reykjavik. They like to take long walks, bicycle and play lots of golf. For them it's very convenient, only 40 minutes from Reykjavik, a big supermarket in the neighboring town, nice restaurants and a wide selection of great golf courses.
The Unique Benefits at this House: It's also been a favorite destination for their eight grandchildren - the older ones play football in the backyard, go horseback riding, fishing and kayaking. The younger grandchildren spend lots of time on the beach and in the local swimming pool, just a few blocks away. Since having my own children, 2 and 6, and trying to travel in Iceland with friends with children I realized that, accommodation-wise, Iceland is not very family friendly. It's virtually impossible to get adjoining rooms. I also realized what an excellent base this was for our friends from abroad to see some of the major sites that Iceland has to offer. Not to mention activities. Iceland is spectacular. We are all very excited to share with you a country, and a home, that has given us all great pleasure.