Long River Lodge
Long River Lodge is located 45 minutes north of Reykjavik and about 10 minutes from the town of Borgarnes in western Iceland. Transfer by helicopter takes 15-20 minutes from Reykjavik.
Set on 1,300 hectars of private property, the Lodge provides the perfect setting for families or a group of friends to enjoy precious time together in privacy, security and luxury in Iceland‘s unspoiled countryside.
The Lodge itself is 600 m2 in size and features five ensuite bedrooms, all with shower and one with an additional bathtub. There is also a separate staff bedroom, which sleeps two people.
The Lodge has a 6 night, 7 day minimum.
Long River Lodge is a new, architect-designed villa, featuring a contrasting color pallet of beiges, blacks and greys with warm wood and copper tones carefully chosen both inside and out to harmonize with its natural surroundings.
Floor to ceiling windows throughout the main living areas ensure an abundance of natural light and allow for unrestricted views of the surrounding countryside.
With its open design, the kitchen, living and dining areas flow seamlessly from one to another and spill out onto a private heated deck.
The U-shaped Lodge is anchored by two 2-storey houses connected by a central dining and living area.
Three of the bedrooms are located on the upper level of the Eastern wing (Master bedroom plus two others), while the other three bedrooms are in the Western wing (staff bedroom on upper level, the other two bedrooms on the lower level).
The Master Bedroom opens out to a private, outdoor terrace on the upper level, while on the lower level a heated terrace wraps around the house on the southern and eastern sides.
Running through the property is a private stream for fishing Trout and Arctic Char, where two rods can fish at any given time.
Long River Lodge also happens to border one of the finest salmon-fishing rivers in Iceland, Nordurá, with an average annual catch of over 2,000 salmon. The season lasts from early June through August. If you are interested in fly-fishing, the Lodge owner can arrenge for permits and guides, although this needs to be booked well in advance.
Otherwise, stolling along the river and admiring the salmon swim and jump in its natural surroundings is a joy in itself.
- The Lodge is offered fully hosted
- Supervisor on call 24/7.
- Daily maid service.
- Full-time chef, who will prepare breakfast, lunch when necessary, afternoon refreshments, and dinner.
- Staff of 3 will overnight off premises, but only minutes away.
- Welcome champagne and canapés.
- Room amenities: tea and coffee service, water bottles, slippers, bathrobes, toiletries.
- Open wine-cellar, billed upon departure.
- Indoor-outdoor sound-system, blinds, room temperature, and other functions are controlled through a tablet-device, which guests are free to use.
- Use of a Land Rover Defender 4×4 vehicle is included during your stay.
- Many of Iceland´s most famous natural wonders can be found in the region.
- Snaefellsnes National Park is only an hour‘s drive to the West, featuring the eponymous stratovolcano made famous by Jules Verne‘s Journey to the Center of the Earth.
- The valley of Borgarfjordur lies to the East with Grabrok crater, Surtshellir cave, Hraunfossar waterfalls, and Deildartunguhver Europe’s most powerful hot spring.
- At the eastern end of the valley sits glacier Langjokull with its ice-cave and opportunities for snowmobiling and 4×4 expeditions.
- All of these locations offer abundant opportunities for hiking and trekking.
- Horseback riding can be done from numerous ranches in the area.
- The nearby town of Borgarnes features the excellent museum about Iceland‘s early settlement and Viking heritage; a geothermal swimming pool; a golf course and other amenities.
- Fishing can be done in the property‘s private stream (two rods) or the adjacent Nordura salmon river (prior reservation required).
- In the wintertime, the Lodge is perfectly located for viewing the Northern Lights with unobstructed views in all directions.