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Perched between windswept beaches and twisting lava fields, Hotel Búðir is a poetic hideaway. Rooms have elegant, understated décor and many command views out to sea or up to the volcano of Snæfellsjökull (Snaefellsnes; from £110).
Hotel Rangá is one of Iceland’s most luxurious retreats. Cosy wood-panelled rooms have stripy fabrics and verandas, while the World Pavilion suites are themed around different continents (between Hella and Hvolsvöllur; from £180).
Keflavík is Iceland’s international hub – Iceland Express operates flights from Edinburgh, Gatwick and Stansted (from £160). Icelandair flies from Glasgow, Heathrow and Manchester (from £200). A network of long-distance buses runs in summer, covering most places on the Ring Road – the main highway that circles the island. Details are available from the BSI consortium in Reykjavík. If you plan to get off the beaten track, however, it’s worth taking private transport, with car hire available at Keflavík (from £55 per day; budget.com).