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A Little Bit of Luxury

Both our cabins are 36sqm, with a bedroom, bathroom and a living area combined with a kitchen. The facilities include private parking. The kitchen has a dining table, stovetop, oven, refrigerator, microwave oven, coffee machine, electric kettle, wine glasses, kitchenware and cleaning products. The living area has a pullout sofa bed. Both cabins have a private entrance doorway as well as a door that opens into our backyard. There are windows on every side—as well as a skylight in the living area. The floors are heated (geothermally of course).

There’s free HIGH SPEED WI-FI and INTERNET RADIO, but we don’t have TV’s at this point.

A WOOD FIRED SAUNA is on the premises. The sauna is a good place to unwind and warm up the body and tired muscles (after a long hike, for instance). It takes about 20 minutes to warm up the sauna. Firewood is in a box beside the sauna. Take your time and enjoy. Children should only use the sauna accompanied by a guardian. People with a heart condition, high blood pressure or respiratory problems should not use the sauna.

A HOT TUB is also provided for. It’s another great way to unwind and reflect and perfect for those who can’t tolerate the heat of the sauna. Children should only use the sauna accompanied by a guardian.

There’s also the OUTDOOR SHOWER (affixed to the Laundry Cabin). It’s invigorating to take an ice-cold shower between sauna sessions.

THE LAUNDRY CABIN has a washer and a dryer. There’s also storage for outdoor clothes as well as extra linens, towels, soaps, etc. A chair and a small table is by our favourite window, where you can fold laundry, do some writing or just look and reflect or meditate while you wait for the dryer to finish or someone comes knocking.

We also have a TRAMPOLINE (a favorite of Minerva and her friends). A CHICKEN COOP will be set-up in the summer of 2018. Once we have our chickens you are more than welcome to help yourself to some eggs for breakfast (if the chickens are co-operating).

About us

We are Marteinn Thorsson (tenderlee.com), a filmmaker, and Gudrún Eva Minervudottir (minervudottir.com), a novelist. We have a six year old daughter; Minerva, and a cat; Gudbrandur (those with cat allergies, don't worry, he's not allowed in the cabins).

Being artists can be an economically tricky affair at best and since we have a nice big backyard, we decided to turn a part of it into a residence, so we could have a bit of an extra income—thus enabling us to work on our art at the same time.

We want to create an intimate and an inspiring place of rest, where people can take their time, and in effect—be our neighbors for a day or two, or three…

We want to encourage you to stay for more than one night and take it easy. We want to think of our backyard as a place of rest and reflection.

It can be tempting to rush through the many beautiful sights Iceland has to offer but we believe the best way to experience our beautiful country is to take a bit of time to just “be” and notice the little things: The smells in the air, the ever-changing light, the continually changing shapes of geothermal steam rising from the ground, the rain or snow on the window, the sound of the wind, the absence of stress.

So. If you want to rush through, then our place might not be for you!

But if you want to rest, relax, do some hiking, cook your own meal, fire up the sauna, meditate, make art and get to know a bit of the life in a small Icelandic town—maybe we can be neighbors.

We’ll be happy to be yours!

BACKYARD VILLAGE – Useful Information

Laundry Cabin

Includes a washer and a dryer. There’s also storage for outdoor clothes as well as extra linens, towels, soaps, etc. A chair and a small table is by our favorite window, where you can fold laundry, do some writing or just look and reflect or meditate while you wait for the dryer to finish or someone comes knocking.

bathroom

There is no bathtub but there is a wonderful shower. Powered by Hveragerdis hot water—it's straight from the earth below you, a hot water spring!

Outdoor shower

There’s also the OUTDOOR SHOWER (affixed to the Laundry Cabin). It’s invigorating to take an ice-cold shower between sauna sessions.

Sauna

A WOOD FIRED SAUNA is on the premises. The sauna is a good place to unwind and warm up the body and tired muscles (after a long hike, for instance). It takes about 20 minutes to warm up the sauna. Firewood is in a box beside the sauna. Take your time and enjoy. Please note that people with a heart-condition, high blood pressure and/or respiratory problems should not use the sauna. Also that children should only use the sauna accompanied by a guardian.

Hot Tub

A HOT TUB is also provided for. It’s another great way to unwind and reflect and perfect for those who can’t tolerate the heat of the sauna. Please note that children should only use the hot tub accompanied by a guardian.

Cooking

A fully operational stove with an owen, a fridge, coffee maker, a kettle, etc.

Chicken Coop

Once we have our chickens (Summer, 2018), you are more than welcome to help yourself to some eggs for breakfast (if the chickens are co-operating).

Trampoline

We also have a TRAMPOLINE (a favorite of Minerva and her friends).

Internet

There’s free HIGH SPEED WI-FI and INTERNET RADIO, but we don’t have TV’s at this point.

Your best basecamp, day trips to the Golden Circle, The Blue Lagoon, Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon and other landmarks! 🙂

Welcome to BACKYARD Village

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Address

Laufskógar 11
810 Hveragerði
Iceland

GPS Points N64° 0' 10.558" W21° 11' 38.027"

  • Check-in

    Check-in is after 3:00 PM

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    Check-out is before 11:00 AM