Planning our April road trip in Iceland was exhausting. I wanted to go everywhere, go around the whole island and see everything, but due to our next flight from Reykjavik to New York, we only had four short days in the land of fire and ice. I wanted to see everything, and at the same time I wanted to do it with time, with no rush at all. Talk about mission impossible…
A part of me wanted to do the road trip without booking any accommodation beforehand, and just stay overnight wherever the day ends. But a bigger part of me didn’t want to risk not finding a guesthouse nearby, or finding one that is fully booked or hugely overpriced.
We wouldn’t have internet while driving, so I wouldn’t be able to find one on the road.
So, Daniel and I did our best to plan our route beforehand, and even if the final route was a lot different to our first sketch, for our last night in Iceland we really nailed it! We spent our last night near Selfoss, not so far away from Reykjavik either, in a dreamy guesthouse called Lambastadir. A guesthouse in Iceland that was truly a finding worth its weight in gold!
Due to our early afternoon flight to New York, we wanted to spend our last night fairly near to the airport. We chose Lambastadir among three options, not only for the price and the location, but for one specific quality that beat the others by far! Another great addition was that when making the reservation via Booking.com, we were able to pay in cash on spot.
When we arrived to Lambastadir Guesthouse, it was already dark. We drove to the yard, entered the guesthouse and saw no one. Yet we couldn’t have felt ourselves more welcomed. Soft slippers were waiting for us next to the door, suggesting us to leave our muddy shoes in the hallway.
Once we stepped inside, we found an envelope with our name on top. Inside the envelope we found the key to our room. The cozy breakfast room was ready for the morning, just like it couldn’t have waited for its’ hungry guests.
We entered our room that was just as welcoming as the other areas of the guesthouse. Unlike the guesthouse we stayed the previous night, in Lambastadir we had a working internet, exactly as promised. Yay! But the best is yet to come: In the back yard there was a barrel sauna, already warm and ready to enter, and on the terrace we found a jacuzzi. All included to the room price.
It only got better once we realised that Daniel and I were the only guests who cared about the sauna and jacuzzi (yes, I’m Finnish, sauna is more than life to me!). Only Northern Lights in the dark April sky would have made our last night in Iceland more perfect.
Lovely surprises kept coming after a well-slept night. Besides the tasty breakfast, in the breakfast room we found our smily hosts, Almar and Svanhvít, and tables full of guests that seemed to be as happy as we were.
Once we realised the guesthouse was full of guests, we knew to appreciate our private night with sauna and jacuzzi even more.
Damn, I thought. I really didn’t want to leave Lambastadir Guesthouse at all. Too bad we had a flight to New York to catch.
I would lie if I said I didn’t think of skipping the flight completely and just staying in Iceland. And never leave.
While laying in the hot jacuzzi under millions of stars, we kept returning to one specific topic: Oh, I wish we had this kind of dreamy guesthouse in Iceland!
Secretly, I still keep coming back to that topic, even if it’s more than half a year since we stayed in Lambastadir Guesthouse.
Our April visit in Lambastadir Guesthouse cost 89 euros in a double room. The breakfast, sauna and jacuzzi were included to the room price. I can honestly, truly, greatfully recommend this place to anyone travelling and looking for a lovely guesthouse in Iceland!
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