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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.


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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