Keeping Cool in Iceland
July, 2016
Keeping Cool in Iceland

I’ve been meaning to share these lovely pictures of our trip to Iceland for a few months now – we went in April when the snow was thawing and the skies were blue, but my goodness it was cold still!
The wind was so strong – up to 40 miles an hour – so though it looked beautiful and I hoped we would do lots of walking and exploring, much of the time was spent hiding in the car! We were there for P’s birthday trip and he wanted to mainly take photos – so day one we collected our wheels and did a lot of driving and exploring before heading to our first hotel, Hotel Budir
The hotel (pronounced boothir) is set on the Snaefellsnes peninsula, which is a two hour drive from Reykjavik.  To say it’s set in amazing scenery is an understatement; extinct volcanoes, herds of gorgeous Icelandic ponies and the odd house or church popping up in the landscape – everything looks so tiny against the vast mountain backdrop, it is truly breathtaking. 
The hotel itself was cosy and romantic with beautiful views. The simple rooms were offset by a wonderfully cosy bar and a restaurant serving delicious and very gourmet food. All ingredients were locally sourced and creatively combined to make interesting and delicious dishes – we ate very well that night and then snuggled up away from the wind and cold for an early night and a very long sleep.
The next morning we set off bright and early for our second hotel – the famous and super stylish Ion Hotel, but more on that next time!
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{Photos by Patrick Butler-Madden}