Black House

Borgarnes, Western Region, Iceland

The Black House offers guests an authentic nature vacation in a traditional Icelandic wooden house. The breathtaking view of the Borgarfjörður fjord with its waders, the mountains and glaciers of the Snæfellsnes peninsula and the Hafnarfjall mountain, on whose roots the summer house stands, ensures an unforgettable stay. The house itself exudes a warm and calming feeling. Although the house is only five kilometers from the town of Borgarnes, guests here experience seclusion and incomparable tranquility.

The cozy and inviting furnishings with a mix of modern and old run through all of the rooms in the black house. It is 105 m2 and offers sleeping space for four people. On the ground floor there is the master bedroom with a double bed, an open kitchen, a living room and a spacious bathroom. In the open attic there is another room with two single beds and a TV area. A special highlight is the spacious and fully equipped kitchen, in which not only the hosts, Rut and Kristinn Arnarson, like to cook and eat together at the table. The freestanding bathtub in the large bathroom is your favorite place to relax.

The Black House was built in 2015 after the hosts spent many years searching for the perfect place. They wanted to abandon the traditional construction method that was no longer common and that was common in Iceland in the 18th and 19th centuries. And they were looking for a place where the house blends in well with its surroundings and is at the same time secluded. Kristinn grew up on the western Snæfellsnes peninsula and dreamed of finding a house that showed “her” familiar Snæfellsjökull glacier. The said glacier is also the one that is portrayed in Jules Verne's novel “The Journey to the Center of the Earth” (1864) as the gateway to the center of the earth. In any case, the Black House helps you to find your own center point and to calm down.

By the way, we also featured this accommodation in Five places in the far north of Europe.

Rooms + Rates

per night
entire housefrom295 €


ArchitectureThe old construction of the black wooden house can no longer be seen very often in Iceland. The house was carefully built in a preserved birch forest area - one of the few places in Iceland where there are remains of birch trees from the settlers' days. Whenever possible, natural materials were used in the construction. This is particularly visible outside through peat and stone slabs. The house looks smaller from the outside than it is inside - there it feels generous and spacious. Hostess Rut is an interior designer and has taken care of the cozy and warm interior design as well as the harmonious decoration. The result is a mix of old Icelandic and modern, rustic styles. Five shades of blue were used in terms of color; the idea comes from old wooden Icelandic churches that were sometimes painted this way.

An elderly woman from the nearest town takes care of cleaning and preparing the house for the guests. The hosts offer a kind of exchange system in which the cleaners of the various houses that the hosts operate can stay overnight in a different holiday home once or twice a year. In addition, the hosts support various social projects, such as rescue teams, a blind association or an association that helps chronically ill children.

EnvironmentThe Black House uses green electricity, the garbage is always separated, only mild detergents are used. The water comes from a well on the property. Guests are asked to use their towels several times. In the bathrooms, guests will find soaps and shampoo in Icelandic organic quality.


  • Traditional Icelandic black wood cottage in western Iceland
  • Breathtaking views of the surrounding fjords and mountains
  • A house in which you feel comfortable even in bad weather
  • Borgarnes (5 km away) offers shopping opportunities and shops, the capital Reykjavik is around 70 km away
  • Welcome letter with restaurant and shop recommendations from the hosts
  • Only 50 meters to the coast
  • The perfect starting point to explore the sights of the western region of Iceland, such as the Snæfellsnes peninsula, the Kirkjufell mountain, Hraunfossar and many more.

Holiday home2 BedroomsOwn kitchenChildren welcomeWi-Fino disabled accessno Poolno pets


  • 105 m2 holiday home for up to 4 people
  • Fully equipped kitchen (with coffee, tea and basic equipment)
  • Two bedrooms and a bathroom with freestanding bathtub and shower
  • Bed linen, towels and bathrobes are provided
  • Washer and dryer available


The Black House is a nest, a place to relax, and get cozy. We strongly believe that when guests arrive at the house they feel the happy vibes that the previous guests left behind... at least we do.

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Rooms + Rates

per night
entire housefrom295 €

Location + Directions

By car

The Black House is only about an hour from Reykjavik (70 km). You will receive the exact address when booking.