Westfjords, Iceland



Smoke on water


Wild, wild Westfjords





Perched upon a remote Icelandic inlet, Hafrahlíð offers front-row seats to Westfjord’s surreal planes, where carpets of emerald flora cloak miles of hillside and mist curls at the point where black sand meets the sea. If Nordic Noir springs to mind, you’re on the right track – and this distinguished open-plan dwelling has all the hallmarks of that sultry, Scandi style. Inside, you’ll find four ensuite bedrooms and (at least) 50 shades of grey; smoky slate floors, soft dove-grey furnishings, a suspended charcoal hearth and a neat taupe kitchen to name a few. And in the spirit of fire and ice, the wraparound deck is equipped with a sea-facing hot tub and ice bath combo for thermal thrills with a rapturous view.

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First Glance

  • 250sq m four-bedroom bungalow.
  • Sleeps up to eight adults
  • The open-plan lounge and dining space has floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the sublime surrounds.
  • Fully equipped kitchen – with a dark wood and grey stone island, five-hob cooker and a dedicated wine fridge – has everything you need for preparing snacks, meals and the occasional cocktail.
  • In the separate TV room, there’s two large day-beds and shutters for up-all-night cinema screenings.
  • Laundry room.

Villa highlights

  • Remote location surrounded by nature
  • Sexy, smoky decor and sleek Scandi furnishings
  • Large outdoor deck with private hot tub and ice bath

Sleeping arrangements

  • There are four bedrooms in total, each decorated in a soft, moody minimalist style, with smoky walls and grey slate tile floors.
  • Each room has a king-size bed topped in a Cocomat mattress, and its own ensuite bathroom decked out in dark wood and stone with backlit mirrors, locally made bath amenities and a walk-in rainshower.
  • Furnishings are sparse in a knowingly Nordic way; aside from the bed, there's a deconstructed wardrobe frame for hanging clothes.
  • Large windows light up each room, two of which also have private entrances accessible from the back of the villa.

Key kit

  • Latest check-out, 12 noon. Earliest check-in, also 12 noon
  • Free WiFi
  • Locally made bath products
  • One-off cleaning fee of $150


  • Get toasty in the outdoor hot tub with knee-weakening views over the lake…
  • …before feeding your adrenaline in the adjacent wooden ice bath.


  • Located on a 440sq m plot at the end of a private road, Hafrahlíð’s grounds are composed of a single-level, open-plan bungalow, a private car-parking space and a 200sq m outdoor terrace above the water, surrounded by miles of lush flora.
  • The terrace wraps around the front of the villa with an alfresco dining table and a comfy outdoor lounge.
  • There’s also a barbecue and black deckchairs should you fancy a spot of sea-facing soul-searching.


  • You’ll find the villa perched at the end of a private road, in the middle of the ravishingly rugged and romantically remote landscapes of Berufjordur.
  • Keflavik airport is a three-hour drive away with flights arriving from all over Europe.
  • A brand new Land Rover Defender can be rented for $850 a day.
  • The capital, Reykjavik, is a two-hour drive away. Half an hour away you’ll find the village of Reykhólar and a handful of bars and restaurants.
  • There’s a private black-sand beach just below the villa, so you can take a dip on a whim.
  • A helicopter can land nearby, on request.

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