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Watch the Northern Lights From This Airbnb's Geothermal Hot Tub in Iceland

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by Matador Creators Jan 13, 2023

This stunning remote lakeside lodge Airbnb near Selfoss, Iceland is out of this world. Located in the heart of the Golden Circle, an area including three country’s spectacular natural wonders — Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall, and Geysir geothermal area — this is one of the most sought-after rentals in the country. Named Lake View Retreat, the Airbnb faces the Úlfljótsvatn Valley, Hrutey Island, and Brufell Mountain.

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There’s quite some stiff competition when it comes to Arctic Airbnbs and Airbnbs where you can watch the northern lights in Iceland, but what this lodge’s unique central location makes it one of the best bases for enjoying the country’s outdoor sites. It’s also architecturally neat. The sustainable home has a turf-clad roof and two of the main walls are constructed from glass.

How to get to the Lake View Retreat

Lake View Retreat overview

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The closest town is Selfoss, a small hamlet on the banks of Ölfusá river. There you’ll find cafes and shops where you can stock up on groceries. The closest airport is Reykjavík International Airport. From there it is a short 45-minute drive to the lakeside. Keep in mind that the country is very driveable and it’s worth renting a car and planning road trips to see the best of Iceland.

About the Lake View Retreat

Lake View Retreat view from bathroom

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The private lodge sleeps two guests and is 731 square feet in size. The stunning queen-sized bed faces floor-to-ceiling facade windows that offer a mindblowing view of the lake and valley. The modern en-suite has a cascade shower and outside, you can soak in the view — and hopefully the northern lights — from the heated geothermal tub.

Livingroom in Lake View Retreat

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Previous guests have gone as far to state that this property is one of the best private lodges in Iceland. They also reiterate just how ideal this Airbnb is as a base for exploring the Golden Circle.

Amenities at Lake View Retreat

  • Private fireplace
  • Outdoor geothermal heated tub.
  • A flat-screen TV with streaming platforms.
  • Free WiFi.
  • Underfloor heating.
  • Linen, towels, and bathrobes.
  • Free parking spot.
  • Cot for children under request.

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