This was the first trip outside the US that I've taken with my family. I can't imagine it having being more fun and interesting. William and Hofi's place had a lot to do with our great experience.
The house is situated on a hill. The drive to Reykjavik is less than 10 minutes. We didn't spend much time in the city, but enjoyed it for a couple of meals, including an incredible ice cream experience at Valdis.
We loved Iceland for the day trips. The southern and western coasts are magnificent. This vacation felt like visiting Hawaii and Alaska in one. The sights are accessible and plentiful. Dramatic waterfalls, icebergs, glaciers, cliffs, rolling hills, lava fields, Atlantic Ocean beaches, caves, volcanos, hot springs, islands, geysers, Icelandic horses, and more are all within 5 hours. We pushed ourselves to be out and about, but it wasn't crazy, particularly knowing we had such a nice house to which we could return each night.
We are a family of 5. William's place was more than enough room for us.
It's a pretty open plan. This house is very clean, well-stocked, and comfortable. The nice kitchen, great beds, full bath, huge grill, and washer/dryer combo made our time here feel like home.
I knew the house would be great upon meeting Hofi. She met us in the driveway as we arrived and took us through every inch of the place. We spent 15 minutes on the washer and dryer alone! There were even fresh eggs, cheese, and milk left for us. We were told matter-of-factly to make ourselves at home. Let's just say we did. Hofi also made the excellent suggestion of thinking twice about lots of expensive excursions. On her advice, we stayed away from the Blue Lagoon. We visited the local amazing swimming pool, Laugardalslaug, twice and loved it. We also spent a perfect evening at the Secret Lagoon.
Visiting Iceland was an incredible time for all of us. I was very sad leaving yesterday. It's a trip we will remember in detail forever. I can't thank William and Hofi enough for making us feel so welcome and safe. They set the highest standard for Airbnb.