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Tiny Cabin in Iceland on Edge of 1500 Acre Preserve

With cozy season in full swing, this cabin seems like the fulfillment of all my “curl up with a book and a mug of coffee” dreams! This 322-square-foot cabin sits at the edge of a 1500-acre nature preserve in Iceland where you can take in the natural landscape of the country while safe and snug in this well-appointed cabin.

Despite sitting on the edge of the wilderness, the cabin has all the modern amenities: plumbing, a dishwasher, and Wi-Fi! You are only 15 minutes from the nearest town, and about 20 from a luxurious hot spring!

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The cabin is right on the edge of a nature preserve.

Inside, all is cozy and well.

The modern kitchen has everything you need, including a dishwasher.

A cozy wood-burning stove keeps the place warm.

There’s a small entryway before you get to the kitchen.

There are some books and CDs for you to enjoy.

Imagine drinking a cup of coffee here!

The bathroom has a walk-in shower stall.

I am partial to pebble tiles!

Looking down from the loft bedroom.

You might be able to stand in the center of the room, depending on your height.

What a lovely spot to snuggle up at night.

The backyard! Untouched beauty.

You might see the lights from October to April.

If you look far enough, you can spot the sea!


Kolsstaðir is located in a remote & unspoiled natural setting in the mountains of west Iceland.
Part of the year, depending on the season, you have animals as neighbors such as sheep (June-October), horses (June-December) and occasionally the arctic fox (all year round). Kolsstaðir is Ideal for hiking, meditating, outdoor- and artistic activities as well as observing the Northern lights when they are visible (October-April). Hiking trails can be found just steps away from the cottage, which are hundreds of year old sheep trails in all directions for your private encounter.
The view is broad; out to the ocean, towards the surrounding mountains and into the valleys.

It takes around 15 minutes to drive to Buðardalur, a small village where you can shop most necessities at the grocery store, pharmacy and liquor store, find some local restaurants and a handicraft store.

At Laugar, Sælingsdal (30 km/20 mi) you’ll find a natural pool (tub), open 24h, free of charge. (see photos). There is also a geothermal swimming pool with a hot tub around the corner from the natural pool that costs about 900 kr per person, hours vary depending on the season.

The cottage is designed in the old Icelandic country style, but with a modern wood stove and a well equipped modern kitchen. The ground floor 30 (square m.) is a single space with a sleeping sofa. Upstairs there is a 20 square m. sleeping attic with 2 beds. (One Queen Size and one single).

Please do not arrive before 15:00. (3:00 p.m.) without asking as we often need the time between 12 and 3 to prepare the house. Check out is 12:00.

A 4WD vehicle is necessary to get to Kolsstaðir during the winter. There is a dirt road from the main road up the hill to the cottage. It is cleared regularly with help from the neighboring farmer but it is advisable that during the winter you leave your car at the bottom of the hill and bring your luggage up with you incase of your vehicle being snowed in. Driving in Iceland during the winter requires a 4wd. as well as studded tires. (From november – april).

We recommend a visit to the nearby fjords for bird watching and occasional seal. A Tour around Snæfellsnes peninsula, to the westfjords as well as west Iceland inland valleys like the Langjokull glacier, Husafell, Krauma spa and Hraunfossar/barnafoss waterfalls.

Some sightseeing can be done when driving to or from or towards Kolsstaðir from Reykjavik. Good Paved roads most of the way. (Road 1) except for 3km (2 miles) of gravel road. Consider driving Whalefjord instead of taking the tunnel for a more scenic 45 min longer drive).

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.

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