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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Trek Across Geothermal Landscapes in Reykjavik

Exploring volcanic formations and soaking in hot springs is more affordable than ever, thanks to a currency collapse and Icelandair’s free stopovers on flights to Europe.

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1. Where to Stay


Sleep in the center of town at luxurious Hotel Borg.  

Camp out in the epicenter of Iceland’s jetset scene at 101 Hotel (from $242), a stylish spot featuring an avant-garde art gallery, glass-ceilinged bar, and Philippe Starck–designed furniture.

Step into the past at the Art Deco landmark Hotel Borg (from $191), a luxury destination since 1930. In-house restaurant Silfur serves some of the city’s best Minke whale steak, served lightly seared with salted horse confit, red cabbage, celery purée, and a mushroom glaze ($33).

Check out the largest private collection of Icelandic art at the 45-year-old Hotel Holt (from $172), where more than 1,000 pieces hang throughout the lobby, halls, and 41 rooms. Leather furniture and wood-paneled walls create the atmosphere of an old-world social club, as does the extensive menu of more than 4,000 vintage wines and single-malt scotches.


Published on Nov 11, 2010 as a web exclusive.

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