We absolutely loved the Riverfront Villa! As beautiful as the pictures are, they can't do justice to experiencing the house and the setting in person. From the wall of windows overlooking the river to the 20+km trail right outside the door (with waterfalls a 10-15-minute walk in either direction), this place made an already extraordinary trip even more special. The house was spacious, immaculate, and had everything you could possibly need. We were three generations traveling together for a family celebration, and Birgitta was kind enough to offer to bring in an extra mattress when I asked whether the house could accommodate a ninth guest (we put three kids in one of the bedrooms, which was just a bit tight but worked out great). The common areas were large, airy, and very comfortable, and the views couldn't be beat.
The house was in a residential neighborhood no more than a 15-minute drive from everything downtown, and since we spent most of our visit doing day trips, it was actually more conveniently located for getting out of town. There was minimal traffic and (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) maps worked perfectly for us throughout the southwest part of the country. There are 2 grocery stores within 5 minutes of the house. We didn't notice a microwave in the kitchen, but that wasn't a problem for us.
Birgitta and her family were traveling when we arrived, but her sister-in-law met us at the house and explained how everything worked. She made herself available if we needed anything or had any questions and offered us excellent restaurant recommendations (we had stellar meals at both Sjávargrillið and Grillmarkaðurinn). They generously filled the fridge with an assortment of provisions, which was a lifesaver when we arrived jet-lagged from a red-eye flight. Communication was excellent throughout the process.
I loved everything about the trip and especially this house! I hope to return sometime soon.