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Iceland is the most sparsely populated country in Europe with an average of three inhabitants per square km. Both fire and ice have shaped the other-worldly landscape that dominates the island of Iceland, a country that attracts visitors looking for adventure, breathtaking scenery (think sprouting geysers, active volcanoes, tumbling waterfalls, towering mountains, vast lava plains and magical lakes) and small boutique hotels. Whether it be relaxing in the thermal waters of the Blue Lagoon spa, snowmobiling across glaciers, partying with the nocturnal vodka-gulping locals in Reykjavik or soaking up the Northern Lights from your outdoor jacuzzi – you cannot beat the fascinating geology and quirkiness of this country.
the bespoke to do list
• Buggy touring is the latest thing in Icelandic ATV adventures, taking you up close to the breathtaking mountain views just beyond Reykjavik
• Try Iceland’s ‘national’ food, a hot dog from Reyjavik’s famous harbourside hot dog stand Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur
• Watch the northern lights from your outdoor jacuzzi at Hotel Ranga
•Explore the starkly beautiful Snæfellsnes peninsula on Iceland’s western coast, home of Snæfellsjökull glacier and volcano which famously featured in Jules Verne’s Journey to the centre of the Earth.
•Spend a few nights in Reykjavik, the cultural heart of Iceland and the world’s northernmost capital city, and one of the smallest.
•And lastly, a visit to Iceland wouldn’t be complete without a soak in the Blue Lagoon.
The Hotel Rangá is a cross between a hunting lodge and (palatial) log cabin. The outdoor geothermal hot tubs with volcano views. The wraparound glass windows in the gourmet restaurant. The observatory – and resident astronomers – for star spotting and Northern Lights hunting. Every inch of Hotel Rangá celebrates its awe-inspiring setting. Whether you visit in heavy snow or when wildflowers are springing up, a genuinely warm welcome awaits at this one-of-a-kind boutique retreat.
The Dignified and imposing, Hotel Borg overlooks the beautiful square of Austurvöllur, in the heart of Reykjavík, across from Althingi, the Icelandic parliament and the cathedral. The Borg, which has become one of Reykjavik’s landmarks, is conveniently located within walking distance of variety of restaurants, businesses, souvenir shops, art galleries and specialty shops. The hotel’s 99 rooms and suites, with Art Deco style throughout, are elegantly appointed yet offer an extensive array of modern amenities.
The Located in the heart of Reykjavik, on the square just behind Iceland’s Parliament, the Hotel Borg was founded in 1930 and is one of the most famous landmarks of the city. In 2006 it reopened its doors having been restored to its former Art Deco glory.
The ION Adventure Hotel is an unforgettable experience. Whether you are seeking a quiet, soulful soak beneath the Northern Lights, a challenging trek across an ancient glacier or a day of fly-fishing in plentiful icy rivers.
The Sandhotel is a new boutique hotel in the heart of Reykjavík, on the high-street, Laugavegur. The location gives our guests the opportunity to enjoy the vibrant cultural life of Reykjavík. Some of Iceland´s natural marvels are within a short distance from your home at Sandhotel.
The Hotel Búðir is set in one of the most beautiful places in Iceland, just a couple of hours drive from Reykjavik. This elegant hotel is in a league of its own, boasting all amenities, a charming atmosphere, great service and a restaurant renowned for its exquisite cuisine.
DEPLER FARM, troll Peninsula
It doesn’t get more off-the-grid than the Fljót Valley on the mountainous Troll Peninsula in northern Iceland. This remote area is a gateway for adventures ranging from skiing to sea kayaking. Located on a converted sheep farm, Deplar Farm blends into the natural landscape with its black timber cladding and living roof. Floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the property embrace the surrounding peaks. Our winter season, from November through mid-March, may be short on sunlight, but days are still packed with adventures, like whale watching in the surrounding fjords and fat biking groomed trails around the valley. Back at the lodge, many guests choose to spend entire days in our spa, hopping from the geothermal-heated indoor/outdoor pool to our Isopod flotation tanks and outdoor Viking sauna. And this time of year, our pool provides front-row seats to view the ghostly Northern Lights.
an extraordinary holiday.
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ADVENTURE TOURS ON SNAEFELLSJÖKULL GLACIER
Snowmobile tours, glacier hike, snowshoe hike and iceclimbing are among the various activities organized by our partners Summit guides within the Snaefellsjökull National Park. They also organize trips to the Vatnshellir Cave, an 8000 year old lava tube which is easily accessable. You can find more information about their tours on their websites, SummitGuides or ask our staff to help you book your tours.
HORSEBACK RIDING TOURS
Explore the peninsula on horseback and get to know the Icelandic horse at the same time. The Icelandic horse is a breed of smallish horses that came to Iceland from Norway with the first settlers 1100 years ago.
What Our Bespoke travelers Are Saying
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We recently came back from a 10 day bespoke trip to Iceland. I couldn’t be more happy with the trip Marie-France planned for us. Everything was wonderful and when we did have an issue I was able to reach out immediately even with time difference and issue was solved immediately. I would strongly recommend Bespoke Travel Design to anyone looking for a customized trip anywhere and know they were in great hands and that all would be above expectations.Jason Georgie July 2018 Family Adventure Self Drive. Destination: Iceland.
We have enjoyed Iceland. The Golden Circle tour was very good and the weatherman cooperated bringing out the sun in the afternoon. Today, our last day, we went to three museums which were very good. We enjoyed walking around Reykjavik.G.Henning, - Active Holiday Destination: Peru and Amazon
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