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Stop in Reykjavik for friendly service and food satisfaction

The convenience of Keflavik Airport may have brought travellers to Reykjavik, but the country’s unspoilt landscape and varied culture have kept them coming back

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The Eyja Guldsmeden Hotel’s décor reveals its owners’ careful attention to detail, with desks, cosy rugs and four-poster beds in every room
The Eyja Guldsmeden Hotel’s décor reveals its owners’ careful attention to detail, with desks, cosy rugs and four-poster beds in every room 

Iceland has become a top stopover destination in recent years, partly as a result of travellers choosing to change flights at the city’s Keflavik Airport due to safety concerns overshadowing Middle Eastern alternatives.

Carriers such as WOW air are offering a free stopover in the country, furthering the popularity boom. But Reykjavik, Iceland’s historic capital, is an excellent destination in its own right, drawing increasing numbers of visitors to its beautiful landscape and vibrant culture.

Eyja Guldsmeden feels immersed in the dramatic landscape that surrounds it, with rooms overlooking Reykjavik’s Esja Mountain and the open sea

Eyja Guldsmeden Hotel, owned by an efficient and friendly Icelandic couple, encapsulates Iceland’s welcoming culture. A boutique hotel in downtown Reykjavik, Eyja Guldsmeden is located just off Laugavegur, the town’s main shopping street, and is a short walk from the area’s museums, art galleries and hot springs.

The hotel’s décor reveals its owners’ careful attention to detail, with desks, cosy rugs and four-poster beds in every room. Despite its bustling central location, Eyja Guldsmeden feels immersed in the dramatic landscape that surrounds it, with rooms overlooking Reykjavik’s Esja Mountain and the open sea.

Reykjavik, the world’s most northern capital, is known for the purity of its water and fertile, mineral-rich soil. The hotel incorporates a passion for this clarity into its ethos; the restaurant’s meals are made with fresh local produce, and the tasteful furnishings and toiletries are organic and use natural ingredients.

Foodies have further cause for satisfaction, with an organic market set to open soon in a neighbouring square.

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