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After being awake for 36 hours, I was in desperate need of an oasis on my Iceland road trip. I had embarked from Minneapolis, Minnesota, and arrived in the “frozen tundra” of Iceland.
Except, it wasn’t a frozen tundra. Everything in Iceland was hues of burnt orange and shades of sage and evergreen. I was enamored by all the vivid sights that I whiz past as I zoomed north from Keflavik airport.
Route 1, commonly known as the Ring Road, weaves in and out of fjords and skirts around the edge of a small mountain range. Though the drive was beautiful, I was utterly exhausted and was ready to rest my head after taking in all the wonders of Iceland’s southwestern coast.
The Hrísmóar Cabin delivered exquisite comfort and relief from my tiring journey.
The drive to Reykholt
On my first day in Iceland, I didn’t venture into many towns or villages. In fact, Reykholt was the first rural area that I ventured into. I stumbled upon the city an hour before sunset.
The town is not much more than a church, hotel, concrete coffee shop and a few houses. It’s a quaint town that’s a Godsent to travelers because it has free wifi.
If you’re staying at the Hrísmóar Cabin, Reykholt is quick jaunt over where you can update all your social media accounts before leaving for your next destination.
The property itself
The cabin is nestled amongst a small cluster of cabins. When I got to the cabin, the sun was setting. I ventured the surrounding area where horses grazed in pastures and waterfalls were the backdrop to their grazing shadows.
And, as fate would have, after sunset, the snow started to fall. As I unloaded my bags from my car, the little white flakes blurred my vision and I worried if I would stay warm in the small secluded cabin.
My fears immediately subsided as I opened the door and was welcomed with a heat wave.
The cabin I rented was a single bedroom, studio style cabin. The bedroom looked onto the small dining area and kitchen. Around the corner was the bathroom fully equipped with a shower and a warming, towel rack.
The cabin was decorated sparsely, but eloquently to reflect the secluded yet cozy style of the home.
The best feature of the cabin was the modern windows that allowed you to view the surrounding area for miles.
The cabin was surrounded by walls of glass windows that looked out onto the pasture filled with little knolls. In the dark, the other cabins’ small square windows were illuminated in orange hues. The cabin also had a beautiful wooden deck that housed a hot tub.
A cabin for relaxation
I excitedly took a dip, hoping to see the Northern Lights.For me, it was too cloudy with the cumulus clouds overhead being the factory for producing snowflakes that surrounded me and nestled into the curls of my hair.
On any other evening, the Northern Lights would illuminate the skies above me and would have displayed a fantastic show.
After my dip in the hot tub, I spent the rest of the evening cozied up in bed as I journaled about my adventures my first day in Iceland. Within minutes I drifted off to a peaceful slumber only to wake up to the dimly light skies flooding my cabin with morning light.
In the cabin, you’ll be off the map. Though there are a handful of other cabins surrounding you, there’s no connection to the outside world. Firstly, the cabin doesn’t have wifi, so contact with the outside world will be limited. Also, I was so relaxed that I didn’t even attempt to flip through the channels on the TV. Embrace the moment and unplug.
Would I rent again?
Most definitely. The cabin is located close enough to Reykjavik that it would make for a great getaway to escape the city for a day. The drive to the cabin also makes the trip worth it. You’ll weave through the lower fjords and skim around the base of the Iceland mountains.