Iceland. The land of fire and ice, home to viking tales of yore and sprawling landscapes of heart-stopping natural beauty. Its appeal has been on the rise of late, with the Financial Times reporting that visitor numbers have shot up to 1.8 million in 2016 as compared to just 464,000 in 2009.
In part, it’s due to it being home to several Game of Thrones locations – drawing bleeding heart fans from afar, while others yet claim that the age of Instagram has brought the magnificence of its landscapes into all our screens.
Either way, the popularity of the country as a destination is not being eclipsed any time soon. Indeed, few other countries can beat the mix of adventure, scenery and luxury as much as Iceland. This far-flung Nordic country offers adventure travel experiences like no other, beckoning you into its crystalline ice caves one moment and pushing you to ascend greater heights on its glacial hiking trails the next.
The terrain might be rugged, but that doesn’t mean you’d have to slum it out in tents or poorly appointed log cabins. Here are 5 luxury hotels in Iceland where you can retreat into warm comfort and rest for a day’s adventure.