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Black and white decor, parquet floors and Bang & Olufsen TVs are standard at the Hótel Borg. The period bathrooms are equipped with Philippe Starck fittings and heated marble floors (00 354 551 1440; hotelborg.is; Pósthússtræti 11; from £215).

Find your way

The Strætó bus system offers easy transport in Reykjavík (£3 for a one-day pass; straeto.is). Bus stops are marked with a yellow 'S'. Hire bikes from Borgarhjól SF (£12 per day; borgarhjol.net). Taxis are available at bus stations and outside bars (£6 minimum fare).

Iceland's biggest festivals, the Menningarnótt (culture night) and the Iceland Airwaves music festival, are in August and October respectively. Whale-watching season is April to October, and the northern lights are best seen on clear nights in the autumn and early spring.

When to go

Iceland's biggest festivals, the Menningarnótt (culture night) and the Iceland Airwaves music festival, are in August and October respectively. Whale-watching season is April to October, and the northern lights are best seen on clear nights in the autumn and early spring.

How to go

Iceland Express flies to Reykjavík from Gatwick (from £180; icelandexpress.com) and Icelandair flies from Manchester, Heathrow and Glasgow (from £200; icelandair.com). Keflavík airport is 30 miles from the city; the Flybus shuttle goes to the city centre (£6; re.is). Taxis cost £35.

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The article ‘Mini guide to Reykjavík, Iceland’ was published in partnership with Lonely Planet Magazine.

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