Washitsu.Casa washitsuroom with Mt Fuji style view

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Private room in ryokan hosted by Washitsu

  1. 12 guests
  2. 1 bedroom
  3. 4 beds
  4. 1.5 shared baths
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Must clean up after yourself and a bit more

Houseview*:
Snaefellsjokull
Midnight sun or Northern lights
Thousands of birds

Walk:
club / bar
ocean
harbor
cliffs
black sand beach
gourmet restaurant*
cafes*
waterfalls
hike n bike trails
more

Drive:
Snaefellsnes / Iceland Microverse
round trips possible
national park
swimming pool with hot tubs to meet people
drive in volcano
Algae baths
more

On route:
Kirkjufell
Hot springs to skinny dip

Other things to note
We do not charge a cleaning fee. Most Airbnbs expect you to clean up after yourself irrespective of whether they have a cleaning fee or not and they rate you for your cleanliness. In our case we tell you of our expectation that you should change your linen before you go and clean up after yourself, including the kitchen and bathrooms plus a bit more than that. This makes sense because if almost everyone does a little bit more it should surely cover the cases where some do a little bit less. Why not do a little bit more and skip the cleaning fee. Traveling is expensive enough without the extra fees. Please make an effort but do not be too judgmental if someone does not do it quite right.

You are welcome to use the kitchen but only if you clean up after yourself and a bit more, take proper care of the recycling and do not eat other peoples food uninvited.

Does this place make sense for you?

If you are a bit snobbish, looking to maximize your return on your money and/or like to nitpick about various things then this place is definitely NOT for you.

Our Mt Fuji inspired dual use living room is quite unique and if it is available (sometimes it is not as other guests might be sleeping there) if can be quite nice to hang out over there with the possibility of seeing the outline of the Mt Fuji lookalike caldera, thousands of birds, the midnight sun or the northern lights. When it is not available do not despair as you can see things from the kitchen, the patio and the front garden.

Being there during the high season has its advantages and disadvantages. You might meet some other nice guests. The tatami living room might not be available. Depending on the size of your group and depending on other bookings your choice of tiny rooms or the tatami living room might be restricted. The 120-140cm beds are meant for two people, but this might not be the right size of bed for some two people in your group, in which case do not book it but check with us if we have some other options available.

This place may not fit your idea of what Iceland should be like. It has Wi-Fi that reaches every room, a security camera in the hallway and the owners left their computer screens on one of the many desks you may use. (You might connect your laptop to those screens and use them for yourself).

There is a paved road to Reykjavik. In fact you can choose between 2 paved mountain passes or driving on a paved road through the National Park which goes around the peninsula. There are even paved hike and bike trails to the next village and the next town. Something that is almost unheard of in the Icelandic countryside. There are also mountain roads, so called F road, as well as rough trails for hiking or mountain biking and you can even walk, jog, or hike off trail. Yes, just walk without a sign post to the sea to watch the whales and especially the orcas that often come by (this is after all one of the richest fishing grounds in the world, where the Atlantic ocean meets the Arctic ocean) or just sit there and watch the birds drift by and the occasional seal popping its head up. This contrasts with typical tourism. We encourage you to step outside the typical tourist box.

Another thing that is out of place is the local bar and cultural center. There is no tradition of bars in Icelandic fishing villages. People would just order their alcohol by post and drive 100 Km to a community hall ball and stick that bottle underneath the table. A place with regular live shows in such a small fishing village is very unusual and really adds to the speciality of the village.

Other things that might not fit your expectations: High thread count linen, color system for wash cloths, mandatory recycling, a vacuum cleaner that does not make noise, air quality measuring devices, some latex mattresses, ultra modern and comfortable sofas, washing machine that uses steam, the two bus stops in the street that is covered with birds in the summer (do you know how many streets in the countryside have a bus stop at all, hardly any), the neighbors that live in a tank, the friendly locals, the unrestricted nature in front and back of the house.

A long term guest might be there. He may be informative about the area and the community.

Snaefellsnes stands out. It is a microverse of Iceland. Unless you have a lot of time it makes sense to explore a region in detail rather than be stressed driving round the Island. On the peninsula is Iceland's most photogenic mountain framed by a waterfall? There are black and white beaches to stroll on. One of the most magnificent glaciers is here? Many areas are shaped by past volcanic activity. You can even drive into one of the craters? You can visit caves and lighthouses. Go to bird nesting cliffs. And why not go to gourmet restaurants probably for less money than back home? You will be so close to what is called the king of Icelandic mountains, one of Earth's magical mythical energy spots featured as the entrance to the center of the planet in Jules Vern epic novel. It is also very nice to examine some of the waterfalls just by yourself and perhaps in the company of a loved one. It is different than going to the crowded waterfalls.

If you stay, why not stay longer? The longer you stay the more you will feel at home and your chances of seeing the Volcano, the midnight sun or the northern lights are enhanced. You might go to the harbor and get some fish for free. You might actually go to the local bar and culture center, the fishing museum, the park, the cliffs, the beaches, the cafes and the hot pots where you might actually speak to a local.

We also have volunteer categories where you can help out with our Charitable Institute here or in the mountains of Switzerland. Oberaegeri, Switzerland. Maybe it would make sense for you or some people you know to book these categories, especially if inclined to stay longer and help with world bettering causes.

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Some restaurants and cafes are only open in the summer. But within a nice drive or bus ride you will be able to find some year round.

The view of the Snaefellsjokull mountain and the midnight sun or Northern lights is weather dependent. You can see the Northern lights any time (depending on solar flare activity) as long as it is not overcast and as long as it gets dark, so outside the season of the Midnight sun.
It is a misconception that they can only be seen in winter. Your chances of seeing them are greatly enhanced if you are awake and look up and the longer you stay. Not having to wait outside in the cold makes it much easier.

There is birdlife all year round, but it is really spectacular during the bird breeding season. The view from the house is perhaps better and certainly much more comfortable than from a typical bird observation hut. The Arctic Tern is there between mid May and mid August. It can not be described in words the magic in the air when the birds are arriving and leaving and the time between.

What this place offers

Bay view
Garden view
Public or shared beach access
Kitchen
Wifi
Dedicated workspace
Free parking on premises
Paid washer – In building
Paid dryer – In building
Security cameras on property

7 nights in Rif

Apr 11, 2023 - Apr 18, 2023

4.0 out of 5 stars from 3 reviews

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Where you’ll be

Rif, Iceland

Hosted by Washitsu

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Things to know

House rules

Check-in: Flexible
Self check-in with lockbox
Not suitable for children and infants
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

Health & safety

Airbnb's COVID-19 safety practices apply
Security camera/recording device Show more
Pool/hot tub without a gate or lock
Nearby lake, river, other body of water
Carbon monoxide alarm

Cancellation policy