Hotel Glymur (Hvalfjor?ur; tel. 430-3100; www.hotelglymur.is)
This stylish retreat is just 45 minutes from Reykjavik and 90 minutes from the international airport -- but feels worlds away, especially when surveying the fjord from the vantage point of the hot tub. The rooms, all duplexes, were smartly remodeled in 2006.
Hotel Bu?ir (Sn?fellsnes Peninsula; tel. 435-6700; www.budir.is)
This country-contemporary boutique hotel with an estimable restaurant is surrounded by nothing but ocean, broad sandbanks, sprawling lava, stone ruins of fishermen's huts, and a restored 19th-century church, with Sn?fellsjokull loftily presiding over the scene.
Guesthouse Brei?avik (Latrabjarg peninsula; tel. 456-1575; www.breidavik.net)
Around the corner from Iceland's largest sea cliff, this warm and welcoming farmstay is in a breathtakingly picturesque bay with Mediterranean-hued waters. Wind down with an evening stroll on the beach, followed by a drink at Europe's westernmost bar.
Faktorshusi? i H?stikaupsta? (Isafjor?ur; 456-3868; firstname.lastname@example.org)
In the heart of the Westfjords' happening capital, this painstakingly restored 1788 house -- with just one top-floor guest room -- is as steeped in Icelandic history as anyplace you're likely to encounter outside a museum.
Heydalur Country Hotel (Isafjar?ardjup; tel. 456-4824; www.heydalur.is)
With a majestic fjord and friendly seal colony, this rustic farm retreat in the Westfjords has everything you need to craft a perfect day: horseback riding, fishing, sea kayaking, home-cooking, and a blissful outdoor hot pool.
Hotel Djupavik (Strandir Coast; tel. 451-4037; www.djupavik.com)
Beautifully situated along the wild and remote Strandir Coast, this former boarding house for seasonal herring workers is so warmly and authentically connected to its past that any luxury deficits are irrelevant. Original driftwood boards creak underfoot, and the decaying herring factory looms wistfully nearby.
Hotel Tindastoll (Sau?arkrokur; tel. 453-5002; www.hoteltindastoll.com)
Each large, handsome room in this lovingly restored 1884 Norwegian kit home is an ideal synthesis of luxury and provincial charm. The natural-stone hot pool in back is the finishing touch.
Hotel Reykjahli? (Myvatn; tel. 464-4142; www.reykjahlid.is)
Perched right on Iceland's most celebrated and scenic lake, this stately country hotel has an understated elegance complemented by a first-rate restaurant.
Country Hotel Anna (west of Skogar; tel. 487-8950; www.hotelanna.is)
An appealing interlude for road trips along the south coast, this intimate hotel is an ideal blend of an upscale B&B and a rural farmstay, though prices reflect the former.
Fljotsdalur Youth Hostel (Markarfljot valley; tel. 487-8498; www.hostel.is)
This charmed, turf-roofed hideaway is nestled deep within the Markarfljot valley, on the cusp of Iceland's interior. All beds are in bunk rooms and the amenities are few -- but with civilization left safely behind, things couldn't be cozier.
Guesthouse Egilssta?ir (Egilssta?ir; tel. 471-1114; www.egilsstadir.com)
Few travelers linger in Egilssta?ir, the transit hub of east Iceland, but for the many who pass through, this lovely manorial farmhouse offers sumptuous rooms, a fine restaurant, lake views, and -- that rarity of rarities -- a shady grove of tall trees.
Hotel Aldan (Sey?isfjor?ur; tel. 472-1277; www.hotelaldan.com)
Recent refurbishment of this 19th-century Norwegian kit building struck an exquisite balance of period restoration and sleek modern design. Aldan is easily the Eastfjords' most captivating hotel, in the region's most captivating village.
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