Hotel Budir

Surrounded by the fantastical landscape of the Snaefellsnes peninsula, Hotel Budir is a destination in and of itself. Extinct volcanoes covered with black ash and lime green moss edge the roadways; lone farmhouses interrupt otherwise untouched expanses of wilderness; white-maned Icelandic ponies graze alongside waterfalls; and windswept ridges meet the steely ocean in this westerly landscape. Backed by snowy mountains shouldering an inlet, Hotel Budir is a country retreat of staggering beauty. Once a 1970s hippy haven known for its midnight sun festivities, today, the property exudes the charms of history through a studied and original décor. Think substantial leather furnishings, dark walls, open hearths, enormous windows for viewing the landscape, and antique statement pieces. Rooms are cozy and functional and come equipped with TVs and wifi. Nature lovers will enjoy spotting seals (and perhaps whales) through the picture windows in the bar, hiking the local glaciers, and searching the shoreline for shipwrecks. And the restaurant, offering a daily menu composed of mouth-wateringly fresh ingredients, is lauded as one of Iceland’s best.

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